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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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Tagline:
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. | Add 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 Brandt
Larry J. Blake ... Rick Daniels (as Larry Blake)
Kirk Alyn ... Patrol Sgt. Reynolds
Rita Quigley ... Clementine
Anne Nagel ... Marcia
Helen Gerald ... Ruby
Howard Negley ... Cole King, Impresario
Lois Austin ... Mrs. Thorn
Barbara Jean Wong ... San Toy
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. Weebles the Housekeeper
Margaret Brayton ... Madge Mudge
Bettie Best ... Winifred
Jan Bryant ... Lois
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walden Boyle ... Doc Brandt (uncredited)
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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:
62 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: The chemical used on San Toy is initially referred to as chloroform but is later changed to ether.See more »
Quotes:
Cole King, Impresario:How do you expect to get co-orperation from one you so obviously and wrongly accuse?See more »
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Full Throttle plunge into mediocrity, 19 May 2005
Author: tamstrat from United States

I am a huge Charlie Chan fan, but this movie is sadly scraping the bottom of the barrel. Sidney Toler (my personal favorite Charlie Chan) was dying of cancer while making this movie which may account for his lackluster performance, so he can be forgiven, but the other actors, what was their excuse? The movie is uninspired on all levels, and even good old Mantan Moreland can't save this clinker. The movie is set at a rented beach house. Some showgirls are staying there, and they all suspect each other of the murders. It's up to Charlie to save the day.Monogram pictures were always on a shoestring budget and sadly, in this entry to the long running Chan series it is evident. A sad end to Sidney Toler's run as Charlie Chan.

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