Famous detective Charlie Chan is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco detective solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling grandson as his sidekick, Chan also ... See full summary »
Charlie is the intended murder victim here, and he avoids death only by chance. To find the murderer (since, of course, murder does occur), Charlie must outguess Scotland Yard and New York City police.
John G. Blystone
Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan is called in to help solve baffling cases, aided by his #1 son. The first five episodes were filmed in the US, then production switched to the UK for the rest of the series.
Somewhat Complicated Film, But the heart is in the right place
This movie starring Ross Martin of Wild, Wild West fame was a good effort at adding to the Charlie Chan Mythos, but in the end, failed.
It is too complicated and hard to follow. Not that I don't mind good mysteries, but I doubt anyone could solve it on their own and that is part of the fun of Charlie Chan movies.
Martin does a decent job as Chan, but a little more of the family Chan might have added to this film. It is fun seeing Leslie Nelison in an early role, but overall, this movie just doesn't hit it and we can see why it stayed on the shelves for over five years after production before seeing the light of day.
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