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The Sky Dragon (1949)

Passed  -  Adventure | Comedy | Crime  -  27 April 1949 (USA)
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On a plane trip, Charlie Chan and the passengers are drugged, and when they wake up a quarter million dollars is missing.



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All the passengers on an airplane headed for San Francisco are drugged, and when they wake up, it is discovered that a quarter-million dollars is missing. Charlie Chan--and, of course, his #1 son--must discover the identity of the person who doped the passengers and stole the money. Written by

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Charlie Chan and the Sky Dragon  »

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The last of 47 Charlie Chan movies, though the character was revived in a 1957 TV series starring J. Carrol Naish (The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957); a total of 39 episodes), and in a couple of unrelated movies. George Kuwa and Sôjin Kamiyama, both Japanese, each played the role once in lost silents, E.L. Park, a British actor who made no other films, put in a tiny cameo as Chan in Behind That Curtain (1929). The Swedish Warner Oland started the series proper in 1931 with Charlie Chan Carries On (1931), doing a total of 16 entries, Missouri-born Sidney Toler replaced him for 22 more, and Massachusetts-born Roland Winters ended it with the last six. Polish-born Ross Martin completed a 1970 TV movie reviving the character, a failed attempt at a new teleseries, while London-born Peter Ustinov starred in a final theatrical release, Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981), scripted as a satire/spoof, which was not a success. In 1976 Peter Sellers sent up the character (called Sidney Wang) in Murder by Death (1976). See more »


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The End
24 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The Charlie Chan series at Monogram comes to an ending with this picture. The plot sees Charlie (Roland Winters) and "Number One Son" Lee (Keye Luke) on an airplane where all the passengers are drugged. While they're out, a man is murdered and a quarter-million dollars stolen. Also appearing in this one is bug-eyed comic sidekick Birmingham Brown (Mantan Moreland). The rest of the cast includes Milburn Stone (Doc from Gunsmoke), Noel Neill (Lois Lane from Adventures of Superman), and Lyle Talbot (movie star extraordinaire). Winters is weak as usual but the plot is surprisingly fresh for Monogram. Keye Luke is fun and the supporting cast is decent. It's ironic that the series ended after its two strongest films. But it was a case of too little too late, I think.

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