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Earl Derr Biggers (based on the character created by)
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  based on the character created by &
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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The 41st of 47 Charlie Chan movies.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 »
Charlie Chan:She may have overheard something of importance, but I will question her later.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Castle in the Desert (1942)See more »


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5 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Toler did not go out with a good one., 13 October 2005
Author: Mike-764 from Rego Park, NY

A variety troupe arrives at a beach house in Malibu for a small vacation. Chrous member Adelaide is blackmailing various members of the group, and the troupe's star Marcia has Lois (a member of the group who Marcia knows is underage and can get her fired) steal letters from Adelaide's trunk, but Lois is strangled while going through the trunk. Charlie Chan (with #2 son Jimmy and Birmingham) are called to investigate by finding Marcia who everyone believes is the murderess, but the case is further periled when Marcia's body is found washed up on the shore. Chan finds out that many members of the troupe had reasons to get the incriminating evidence back and also murder Marcia. He decides to set a trap to catch the killer, but Jimmy inadvertently interferes to solve the case, putting himself, Charlie, and the rest of the troupe at the mercy of the killer. This was Sidney Toler's final film and its obvious that he was ill during the make of the film considering he was not introduced into the film until the 20 minute mark and has few scenes where he seems to be involved with the rest of the characters actions. The suspects don't have any qualities that make any stand out from each other. The mystery angle seems to be non existent. One of the worst Chan films from the series. Rating, 2.

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