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Docks of New Orleans (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 21 March 1948 (USA)
After the partners in the LaFontaine Chemical Co. sign a legal agreement leaving their share to the surviving partner(s), two of them are murdered.



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Complete credited cast:
Tommy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Nita Aguirre
Harry Hayden ...
Oscar Swenstrom
Howard Negley ...
Andre Pereaux
Theodore Von Scherbe
Emmett Vogan ...
Henri Castanaro
Boyd Irwin ...
Simon LaFontanne
Police Sgt. Dansiger


The LaFontanne Chemical Company is shipping out a load of we're not sure what, disguised as something entirely different. Mr. Pereaux and Mr. Grock don't want that shipment to ever arrive anywhere, and they and a man named Aquirre mean to stop it at any cost. The ship's owner, Mr. Fontanne, smells a large rat and calls Chan in on the case, since the famous detective is in New Orleans because, well, because he felt like being in New Orleans, I guess. Chan gets what facts there are from LaFontanne, who is promply set upon by a gang who attempt to kidnap him, but fail. Mr. LaFontanne's partners come up with some insurance; just by chance they tell him, a partnership agreement (why they would have been running a company all this time without one is another large mystery which will not be solved) that bestows upon the living partners the portion owned by a deceased partner. Then the guy who invented the formula for the poison gas that the company is making but who was, in his opinion, ... Written by Jim Knoppow

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21 March 1948 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan in Docks of New Orleans  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The routine that Mantan Moreland does with Haywood Jones is a partial recreation of Moreland's nightclub act, "Indefinite Talk," in which two characters anticipate each other's dialogue. Moreland did this with numerous partners, most notably with Ben Carter. See more »


The sound of Jimmy's violin is heard for a second on the soundtrack after he stops playing. See more »


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Not very exciting.
20 April 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a Roland Winters' Monogram made Chan flick. It is a remake of their earlier "Mr. Wong, Detective". Neither version is very exciting. Winters is a very weak Chan, at best. Only Victor Sen Young and Mantan Moreland brighten the film. This is one of the films that has Young playing "No. 2 Son Tommy"! He used to be "No. 2 Son Jimmy". Tommy was Benson Fong and No. 3 Son. It is sort of an ongoing blooper in the later Monograms.

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