When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.
Victor Sen Yung
Three men are convicted of bank robberies, the main evidence against them being that their fingerprints were found at the scenes. However, Charlie Chan believes them to be innocent, and his investigation reveals that they are indeed innocent and that their fingerprints were forged and planted in the prison files to frame them. Charlie sets out to uncover the real bank robbers. Written by
This is one of those eleventh hour, he's going to be executed, thrillers. A man who spent time in prison is railroaded for murder. Somehow, his fingerprints were found at the scene and he has been sentenced to die. His daughter knows her father and because his alibi can't be confirmed, there is little hope. Charlie comes to the rescue. He can't resist a pretty face. Soon he is embroiled in an effort to find out how to leave false fingerprints. As is usually the case, Birmingham Brown and Tommy Chan do everything they can to mess up the case. I suppose if these were serious mysteries, their actions would be deplorable. Mantan Moreland gets tons of screen time, and though he represents a black stereotype, he is really quite funny. The best is when he encounters his friend played by Ben Carson and they do their famous vaudeville bit. This is pretty entertaining and allows for levity. The last minute is a lot of fun.
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