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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: The chemical used on San Toy is initially referred to as chloroform but is later changed to ether.See more »
Charlie Chan:Suicides do not garrote themselves by trying granny knot at back of neck.See more »
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A Very Odd Offering, 21 January 2016
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

Apparently, Sidney Toler was in the latter stages of cancer. So he didn't seem to have much spark, even when he abuses his son. This particular episode is about a troupe of showgirls, taking some time off at a beach house. There is hostility from the start from within the group and from the housekeeper. The men running the show have agendas themselves. There apparently are some secrets being kept. A quiet young woman is murdered as she tried to cater to the wishes of a powerful actress (who ends up dead herself). Charlie is almost like a shepherd, trying to round up the suspects and keep them in order while he investigates. Of course, we have Jimmy and Birmingham getting in the way and ignoring orders. Birmingham seems cursed to be afraid of all animate and inanimate objects. When asked to be quiet, he creates incredible chaos. Jimmy pushes the envelope at every turn. I think the biggest failing of this is that there is no suspense because we really don't have any idea what the dramatic forces are.

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