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Release Date:
29 September 1945 (USA) See more »
Charlie Chan at his best in his most thrilling adventure!
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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  (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)

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Charlie Chan in the Shanghai Cobra" - USA (informal title)
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64 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
UK:A | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (Certificate #10989)

Did You Know?

The shots of the building from which Charlie exits and of him entering taxi cab #610 are from Charlie Chan in the Secret Service.See more »
Errors in geography: A building supposedly located in Washington, D.C. has the California state flag flying from its flagpole.See more »
Charlie Chan:You get illegal u-turn ticket?
Birmingham Brown:Mr. Chan, I'll tell you just how it... Tommy, you tell 'im.
Tommy Chan:I warned you, Birmingham. I said, "No u-turn here."
Birmingham Brown:Yeah, that's what you said - "No, you turn here."
Tommy Chan:I said "No u-turn here."
Birmingham Brown:That's what I did. You said, "No, you turn here."
Tommy Chan:Pop, I told him, I said, "No u-turn here."
Birmingham Brown:Yeah, that's what you said - "No, you turn here," and I did.
Tommy Chan:You see what I mean, Pop? I said, "No u-turn here."
Birmingham Brown:Mr. Chan, did you hear? He said, "No, you...
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Low Budget Means Mystery Missing, But Secret Room Provides Surprise, 14 March 2013
Author: museumofdave from Paradise, California

If you're volunteering to watch a Charlie Chan movie, you already have some idea of what's in store, and as this is one of the late ones done at the Poverty Row Studio, Monogram, you may also know it's not heavy on either production values or a complex script.

That said, director Phil Karlson sets up the first five minutes as if this were a dynamic, lurking-in-the-shadows film noir, and immediately slips from dark, shadowy streets into a brightly-lit diner where the juke-box is also a one-way television which connects to a secret room somewhere else in the city; what's not to like? Sounds like the start of a fascinating mystery! Unfortunately, the remainder of the film doesn't develop many more startling innovations or follow up much with the television, getting lost somewhere as the script pages went missing, perhaps

There are, however, character treats along with way, such familiar folks as George Chandler as a cynical soda jerk and familiar-face Addison Richards as a suspicious bank guard; the 64 minutes are well-spent for the average "B" movie fan--but this ain't The Maltese Falcon although almost any hour spent with Charlie Chan can be unadulterated escapism.

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