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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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Writers:
Earl Derr Biggers (character)
Miriam Kissinger (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 November 1946 (USA) See more »
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It's The HEIGHT of FRIGHT! (original poster) See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

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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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Runtime:
68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
This was Sidney Toler's final film. Stricken with cancer during his last few films, he was so physically weak during shooting that he could hardly walk or say his lines coherently.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Adelaide Brandt:Oh, it does not matter. We have lived through so much; we will overcome this. I live with you in jail, in hovels. I even live with you in pork pies.
Doc Brandt:[laughs] It's pig sties, honey.
Adelaide Brandt:Oh, what's the difference?
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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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