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The Feathered Serpent (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 19 December 1948 (USA)
Charlie Chan and his two eldest sons, investigate a murderous gang who is forcing an archaeologist to search for a treasure in Mexico.

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In order to learn the location of a fabled Aztec treasure, a professor kidnaps his colleague, the only man able to read the ancient Aztec script that is supposed to reveal the location of the treasure. Charlie Chan and his #1 and #2 sons journey to the jungles of Mexico to find the victim and bring the kidnapper and his gang to justice. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Keye Luke returns to the series after an absence of 11 years. His last Chan entry was Warner Oland's last, Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937). The last time he played Lee Chan was in 1938's Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938) opposite Peter Lorre, which was intended as a Chan picture, before Oland's absence forced the studio to hurriedly rewrite the script as a Moto feature. See more »

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Charlie Chan: Man who improve house before building solid foundation apt to run into very much trouble.
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The Return of Number One Son
24 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

As most of you probably know, throughout the Warner Oland Charlie Chan films at Fox, his sidekick was "Number One Son" Lee, played by Keye Luke. Lee was the best of all the Chan children and sidekicks. He was charming and funny but you could also take him seriously as a potential detective, unlike son Jimmy (Victor Sen Yung), who was pretty much always played for laughs. After Oland died, Luke left the series and returned here many years later. But the Charlie Chan series was in the sewer by this time. The series was at Monogram and on its last legs with the worst of all Charlie Chans, Roland Winters, as the star. Since Monogram's answer to every problem with the Charlie Chan series was to add more sidekicks, that's exactly what they do here. Welcome back, Lee Chan.

The plot sees Charlie and his sons Lee and Tommy investigating a kidnapping in Mexico. There's also some stuff about an Aztec treasure but that never goes anywhere interesting. This is the penultimate Charlie Chan film at Monogram. It's crap, of course, as all of the Winters Chans were. It seems likely to me they took some sort of jungle adventure script and shoehorned Chan into it to make it a mystery. Still, it's probably the best of the Winters Chan films because of the return of Keye Luke as well as seeing him team up with Victor Sen Yung as the erroneously-named Tommy. Unfortunately, there's also Roland Winters and Mantan Moreland. You take the good, you take the bad I guess.


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