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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mantan Moreland ...
Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Tanis Chandler ...
Adelaide Brandt
Larry J. Blake ...
Rick Daniels (as Larry Blake)
Kirk Alyn ...
Patrol Sgt. Reynolds
Rita Quigley ...
Anne Nagel ...
Helen Gerald ...
Howard Negley ...
Cole King, Impresario
Lois Austin ...
Mrs. Thorn
Barbara Jean Wong ...
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Mrs. Weebles the Housekeeper
Margaret Brayton ...
Madge Mudge
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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.

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Release Date:

30 November 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in the Trap  »

Box Office


$75,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Madge says to Mrs. Weebles, "Lots of evil has come out of the sea - the whirl for instance," she may be referring to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, in which a sorry wreck of a man escapes drowning in the oceanic whirl that takes his ship and fellow crewmen. In this way Madge may be wittily dismissing both Mrs. Weebles and her views on temperance as ancient, ruined, out-of-date, stuck in the past, hearkening back to a darker time (the prohibition era) and of no current public interest or value. See more »


Impresario Cole-King (Howard Negley) accuses his press agent, Rick Daniels (Larry Blake), of being "callused" when Rick suggests dumping the body of the first murder victim at the beach. The word obviously meant is "callous". See more »


Birmingham Brown: Jimmy's just gotten murdered. I just got it over the telephone.
Charlie Chan: What? Where? Where call come from?
Birmingham Brown: Uh, uh, 126 Malibu Drive. There's a whole lot of girls there and say they just got murdered.
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Full Throttle plunge into mediocrity
19 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a huge Charlie Chan fan, but this movie is sadly scraping the bottom of the barrel. Sidney Toler (my personal favorite Charlie Chan) was dying of cancer while making this movie which may account for his lackluster performance, so he can be forgiven, but the other actors, what was their excuse? The movie is uninspired on all levels, and even good old Mantan Moreland can't save this clinker. The movie is set at a rented beach house. Some showgirls are staying there, and they all suspect each other of the murders. It's up to Charlie to save the day.Monogram pictures were always on a shoestring budget and sadly, in this entry to the long running Chan series it is evident. A sad end to Sidney Toler's run as Charlie Chan.

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