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The Trap (1946)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mantan Moreland ...
Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Tanis Chandler ...
Adelaide
Larry J. Blake ...
Rick Daniels (as Larry Blake)
Kirk Alyn ...
Seargent Reynolds
Rita Quigley ...
Clementine
Anne Nagel ...
Marcia
Helen Gerald ...
Ruby
Howard Negley ...
Cole King
Lois Austin ...
Mrs. Thorn
Barbara Jean Wong ...
San Toy
Minerva Urecal ...
Mrs. Weebles
Margaret Brayton ...
Madge Mudge
Bettie Best ...
Winifred
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Storyline

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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GORGEOUS SHOWGIRLS DOOMED TO DEATH! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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30 November 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in the Trap  »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

In the opening credits, shot at the beach, a person runs in front of the camera as the credits dissolve from the screenwriter to the technical crew. See more »

Quotes

Cole King, Impresario: How do you expect to get co-orperation from one you so obviously and wrongly accuse?
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Toler's last Chan film is a big disappointment.
16 April 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

"The Trap" was Sidney Toler's last film as Chan. Too bad it is one of the worst. The script is very poor and so is the acting on all counts. (Well, okay. Sen Yung and Mantan Moreland are funny.) Toler acts like a sleep walker through the whole dreary thing. Granted he was ill. The production values are low even for Monogram. A better title was its working title, "Murder in Malibu" as it is set at a beach house in Malibu. But the whole thing is miserable and not fun at all.


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