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Director:
Writers:
George Callahan (screenplay) &
George Wallace Sayre (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 September 1945 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Charlie Chan at his best in his most thrilling adventure!
Plot:
Someone is attempting to steal radium stored in a bank. Death by cobra venom connects a number of murders. Charlie investigates. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Classic Chan didn't end when Fox retired the great sleuth!! See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Benson Fong ... Tommy Chan
James Cardwell ... Ned Stewart
Joan Barclay ... Paula Webb
Addison Richards ... John Adams
Arthur Loft ... Bradford Harris
Janet Warren ... Record Machine Operator
Gene Roth ... Morgan (as Gene Stutenroth)
Joe Devlin ... Taylor
James Flavin ... H.R. Jarvis
Roy Gordon ... Walter Fletcher
Walter Fenner ... Police Inspector Harry Davis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Andrews ... Patrolman Outside Joe's (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Joe, Coffee Shop Owner (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Detective Larkin (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Inspector Mainwaring (uncredited)
Stephen Gregory ... Samuel Black (uncredited)
Karen Knight ... Switchboard Supervisor (uncredited)
Mary Moore ... Rita, Laundry Clerk (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Big Bank Guard (uncredited)
Diane Quillan ... Phone Operator (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Letter Carrier (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Mr. Grey (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Karlson 
 
Writing credits
George Callahan (screenplay) &
George Wallace Sayre (screenplay)

George Callahan (original story)

Earl Derr Biggers (characters)

Produced by
James S. Burkett .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Vincent J. Farrar  (as Vincent Farrar)
 
Film Editing by
Ace Herman 
 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Vin Taylor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Glenn Cook .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddie Davis .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Mario Castegnaro .... transparency shots (uncredited)
Ray Mercer .... photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Nicklin .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director
William A. Wilmarth .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ron Ormond .... technical director (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Charlie Chan in the Shanghai Cobra" - USA (informal title)
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Runtime:
64 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (Certificate #10989)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The thirty-fourth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: A building supposedly located in Washington, D.C. has the California state flag flying from its flagpole.See more »
Quotes:
Tommy Chan:Pop, I want to talk to you as man to man.
Charlie Chan:I am ready, but you still have few years to go.
Birmingham Brown:That's right.
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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Classic Chan didn't end when Fox retired the great sleuth!!, 13 August 2000
Author: mjshannon from LaGrange, Illinois

This is an excellent Monogram Charlie Chan that sets a mood and plays it to the hilt. Although the Monogram films never had a budget anywhere near those of the Twentieth Century Fox Chan's, this one comes close to creating the same sense of style that imbued the earlier films. From the film-noir rain slicked opening segment to the fades between scenes, this has a bold feel that overcomes its budget considerations. Sidney Toler is in fine form and appears to appreciate the enthusiasm of director Phil Karlson and the script, as he gives his all in every scene he is in. Benson Fong is good as Number 3 Son Tommy and Mantan Moreland sparkles in his comedic moments which are well timed and effortlessly diverting and not distracting to the central mystery. And it's a very good mystery too, that reminded me a bit of Castle In The Desert, inasmuch as you really have to keep a sharp eye on EVERY major character and try to remember names and relationships to keep on top of the proceedings! Your always double guessing yourself and that is the sign of a mystery doing its job! Everyone is having a great time on this one and it shows--credit too must go to the production team who "opened up" the feel of this one and didn't simply use two sets. Check this out with an open mind and you will realize that classic Chan didn't end when Fox gave up their lease.

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