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Dangerous Money -- Charlie Chan tries to find out who committed a murder aboard a ship.

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Director:
Writers:
Miriam Kissinger (screenplay)
Earl Derr Biggers (character)
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Release Date:
12 October 1946 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE RIDDLE OF THE "KNIVES OF DEATH!" (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
A treasury agent on the trail of counterfeit money confides to fellow ocean liner passenger Charlie Chan that there have been two attempts on his life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Gloria Warren ... Rona Simmonds
Victor Sen Yung ... Jimmy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Rick Vallin ... Tao Erickson (as Richard Vallin)
Joseph Crehan ... Captain Black
Willie Best ... Chattanooga Brown
John Harmon ... Freddie Kirk
Bruce Edwards ... Harold Mayfair
Dick Elliott ... P.T. Burke
Joseph Allen ... George Brace - Purser (as Joe Allen Jr.)
Amira Moustafa ... Laura Erickson
Tristram Coffin ... Scott Pearson
Alan Douglas ... Joe Murdock aka Mrs. Whipple
Selmer Jackson ... Ship's Doctor
Dudley Dickerson ... Big Ben
Rito Punay ... Pete the Steward
Elaine Lange ... Cynthia Martin
Emmett Vogan ... Professor Martin
Leslie Denison ... Reverend Dr. Whipple
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Billings ... Barfly (uncredited)
Kit Carson ... Seaman (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Man at Island Bar (uncredited)
Gerardo Sei Groves ... Polynesian (uncredited)
Don McCracken ... Junior Officer (uncredited)
Mavis Russell ... Kirk's Assistant (uncredited)
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Directed by
Terry O. Morse  (as Terry Morse)
 
Writing credits
Miriam Kissinger (screenplay)

Earl Derr Biggers (character)

Produced by
James S. Burkett .... producer
 
Cinematography by
William A. Sickner  (as William Sickner)
 
Film Editing by
William Austin 
 
Casting by
Rose Alexander (uncredited)
Bert Hampton (uncredited)
Fred H. Messenger (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Raymond Boltz Jr. (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Harry Ross .... makeup artist
Alma Armstrong .... hair dresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Glenn Cook .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wesley Barry .... assistant director
Kenny Cossler .... assistant director
Kenneth Kessler .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... props (uncredited)
Ted Mossman .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound
Harry Bavaird .... cable man (uncredited)
Louis Johnson .... mike man (uncredited)
Tom Lambert .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Dean Spencer .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Travers Hill .... loader (uncredited)
George Hommel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Aaron Hower .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John M. Lee .... gaffer (uncredited)
Harry Lewis .... grip (uncredited)
William Margulies .... camera operator (uncredited)
M.H. Serotte .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harry Bourne .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Nanette Smith .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Richard C. Currier .... supervising editor (as Richard Currier)
 
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director
 
Other crew
Dave Milton .... technical director
Ilona Vas .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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66 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
The thirty-ninth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Charlie fires three times at Erickson, his gun is pointed at the floor, but Erickson grabs his wrist, where he has presumably been hit.See more »
Quotes:
Charlie Chan:Tiger going away from village is never feared. Unfortunate agent's murder is proof he was approaching prey.See more »
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4 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Shadows, 28 December 2006
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

Storywise, this is yet another disposable Chan story, industrialized movie-making.

There are two things of interest here.

One is how the needs of the Chan franchise ferret out peculiar corners of the American national story. In this case the US was well into the beginning of administering regions in the Pacific. This gave opportunities for new kinds of crime and the novelty of the crime was one of the attractions of the series at this point. So we have the smuggling of colonial currency, an esoteric illegality — and the use of new weapon, a "knifethrowing" pistol.

Ho hum. I suppose that will be interesting to historians. But for students of film there's a lesson here too. What do you do if your story depends on matters of race and you want to exploit that but also want to bury it? You fold it into other narrative elements of race.

For those who don't know the franchise, it was very long and successful. It stars a white guy pretending to be a Chinese master detective, the acting mostly through a halting English and a few phrases like: "a hasty man can drink tea with a fork." Incidentally, this fits in an odd place in the detective genre because we never really see any detecting, any real wisdom. The only thing we see is him setting traps with the trap revealing the hidden crook. He never figures it out directly.

Back to race. Chan's race is hidden twice. First, we have one of his sons as "assistant," a comic, bumbling idiot. This truly is racist and deliberately so. The contrast between the son (played by a real Asian) and his lack of insight and his father is amplified by the physical appearance and the obvious appearance.

And this is further folded or shadowed (an appropriate term) by the black guy. He is placed as far from the son in all dimensions as the son is from the father. He is that much more comic, and independently clueless, and also independently "ethnic." Its a vile notion to exploit by today's standards, but the method of shadowed folding is clear.

Its a device used in literature, but much more common in film because you can link so many more qualities in parallel, here all aligned to "detection" qualities. That Africanamerican's name is Chattanooga, derived probably from Jack Benny's "man" Rochester.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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