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The Trap -- Two members of a show troupe are murdered, and Charlie Chan is called in to solve the case.


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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)

Did You Know?

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: Birmingham barely touches pen to pad when he is trying to write down an address. Later, Jimmy clearly reads the address on the pad.See more »
Miss Weebles, the Housekeeper:Drink is the root of all evil.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Black Magic (1944)See more »


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4 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Toler's last Chan film is a big disappointment., 16 April 2000
Author: admjtk1701 from New York, NY

"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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