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Earl Derr Biggers (character)
Miriam Kissinger (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 November 1946 (USA) See more »
It's The HEIGHT of FRIGHT! (original poster) See more »
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. | Full synopsis »
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Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan

Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
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
Jan Bryant ... Lois
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walden Boyle ... Doc Brandt (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Bretherton 
Writing credits
Earl Derr Biggers (character)

Miriam Kissinger (original screenplay)

Produced by
James S. Burkett .... producer
Cinematography by
James S. Brown Jr.  (as James Brown)
Film Editing by
Ace Herman 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Raymond Boltz Jr. 
Makeup Department
Harry Ross .... makeup artist
Production Management
William A. Calihan Jr. .... production manager (as William Calihan Jr.)
Glenn Cook .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harold E. Knox .... assistant director (as Harold Knox)
William A. Calihan Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound
Editorial Department
Richard C. Currier .... supervising editor (as Richard Currier)
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director
Other crew
Dave Milton .... technical director
Crew believed to be complete

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68 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »
Continuity: The chemical used on San Toy is initially referred to as chloroform but is later changed to ether.See more »
Cole King, Impresario:Daniels, don't stare that way! You look like a vulture!See more »
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"Has anyone seen Mar-see-ah?", 19 March 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) investigates showgirl murders with the help of "Number Two Son" Jimmy (Victor Sen Yung) and chauffeur Birmingham Brown (Mantan Moreland). There's a decent supporting cast for Monogram that includes Minerva Urecal, future Superman Kirk Alyn, and beauties Rita Quigley and Anne Nagel. Victor Sen Yung is, as usual since returning to the series, the best part of the movie. For some reason, the name Marcia is pronounced several different ways, depending on who is saying it. This is pretty annoying.

The last Sidney Toler Chan film and many would say the last real Chan film. The series would continue on with Roland Winters but all of those movies were terrible. This one's nothing to write home about, either. As others have discussed, Sidney Toler was sick with cancer during the filming of this and sleepwalks through the movie. It's a sad thing to watch, particularly for fans of the series and the actor. Worst, or maybe second worst, of the Toler series.

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