Chinese detective Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) is on his way to San Francisco to take over a murder case when he meets a woman, Mrs. Conover (Mary Gordon), who is searching for her missing daughter and a young man, Jeff Tilford (Bruce Kellogg), who is looking for his missing fiancee. Investigation by Charlie discloses they are both looking for the same girl, Mary Conover (Tanis Chandler). Chan eventually uncovers a murder gang, which has been collecting the life insurance of its victims. Written by
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Rather than having anything to do with Chinatown, Shadows Over Chinatown is inspired by the famous and unsolved Cleveland torso murder. But with Charlie Chan on the job you know this case will be solved.
Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, and Mantan Moreland arrive in San Francisco by bus during which trip Toler is almost shot, saved like Theodore Roosevelt by a pocket watch. Now you know it has to be one of the people who arrive in San Francisco with the Chan entourage.
What brings Charlie to San Francisco is that he's been retained by an insurance company as some people with large policies died on their honeymoons and the widows disappearing after collecting. As it turns out Mary Gordon was also on the bus with Toler and she's there inquiring after a missing granddaughter. It all points to an escort bureau run by Dorothy Granger where granddaughter Tanis Chandler was last known to work. There's more than Granger behind it though.
Despite the title misnomer Shadows Over Chinatown is a well made and sturdy Chan feature and one of the better Monogram features since that studio took over the series.
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