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The Chinese Ring (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 6 December 1947 (USA)
Soon after a Chinese princess comes to the US to buy planes for her people, she is murdered by a poison dart fired by an air rifle.

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Tommy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Philip Ahn ...
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Thayer Roberts ...
Captain James J. Kelso
Barbara Jean Wong ...
Princess Mei Ling (as Jean Wong)
Chabing ...
Lillie Mae Wong
George Spaulding ...
Dr. Hickey (as George L. Spaulding)
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Princess Mei Ling pays a visit to the Chan residence, where upon being admitted by man-of-all-work Birmingham Brown she refuses to give her name, but hands Birmingham her ring to show to Charlie. While Chan is being summoned, a mysterious figure shoots a dart at the beautiful Princess who manages, before she dies of poison, to scrawl the name "Captain K" on a handy piece of paper. When the police arrive, Charlie has to admit that he does not know the identity of his murdered visitor, but that he means to find out. What he learns is that Mei Ling has brought with her to America the sum of one million dollars, in order to buy airplanes for the Chinese struggle for freedom. Someone has stolen the money, and someone may be trying to divert the planes into enemy hands. Can the famous detective, despite the fact that his Number Two Son has unaccountably changed his name from Jimmy to Tommy, who used to be his Number Three son, and despite the fact that Charlie, who used to be a Honolulu ... Written by Jim Knoppow

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Charlie Chan in the Chinese Ring  »

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Trivia

Screenwriter Scott Darling reuses his Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939) script from eight years earlier for Roland Winters' debut as Chan. See more »

Quotes

Police Sgt. Bill Davidson: Listen, Peggy, you holdin' out on me? You know something I don't know?
Peggy Cartwright: That wouldn't take much brains
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Follows Charlie Chan's Secret (1936) See more »

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Okay entry in deteriorating Chan series.
8 June 1999 | by (Blacksburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Okay entry for Winters in his debut as Chan, following Sidney Toler's death. Plot is almost line-for-line copy of MR WONG IN CHINATOWN. Byron Foulger nearly steals show as nervous banker, and Louise Currie is gorgeous, but material and pedestrian direction sink production. Watchable, but the nap monster will probably get you.


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