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Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)

The heir to a huge fortune is presumed drowned, then shows up, is then murdered.

Director:

Gordon Wiles

Writers:

Robert Ellis (screenplay), Helen Logan (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Charlie Chan
Rosina Lawrence ... Alice Lowell
Charles Quigley ... Dick Williams
Henrietta Crosman ... Henrietta Lowell
Edward Trevor Edward Trevor ... Fred Gage
Astrid Allwyn ... Janice Gage
Herbert Mundin ... Baxter
Jonathan Hale ... Warren T. Phelps
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Ulrich
Gloria Roy Gloria Roy ... Carlotta
Ivan Miller Ivan Miller ... Inspector Morton
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Prof. Bowen (as Arthur Edmund Carew)
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Storyline

An ocean liner sinks off Honolulu and Allen Colby, heir to millions, is presumed dead...but local sleuth Charlie Chan is not so sure, and flies to San Francisco to investigate further. Somehow, the missing Colby is there ahead of him...but is knifed in the back before seeing anyone. Further events revolve around spiritualist Mrs. Lowell, her family of suspicious characters, and the spooky, untenanted Colby mansion, where the body turns up during a seance! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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San Francisco is the scene of Chan's newest and most baffling mystery!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chanova skrivnost See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The 13th of 47 Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie is searching the house while using a flashlight, the beam of light is not from the flashlight, angle is wrong and his wrist is exposed in the beam of light. See more »

Quotes

Baxter: Now, I think ...
Henrietta Lowell: You don't think. You think you think. I think!
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Connections

Followed by The Red Dragon (1945) See more »

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Far from typical Charlie Chan Mystery is also one of the better entries
24 October 2009 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

More serious Chan story has the detective going it alone as he tries to solve the mystery of a missing heir. The mystery becomes a question of murder in short order and the detective tries to find the killer before he is the next victim.

Atypical Chan is undeservedly forgotten, even by me. I remember the film not because of what it is, a cracking good mystery, rather because of what its not, a film with little humor and no of his kids to help him. Its a wonderful change of pace that marked a break from the formula that would dominate most of the films in the series. The film also has one of the best mysteries, as in the plot of what is really going on, in the entire 40 plus film series.. Closer in a way to the darkness of some of the later films, this is one of the Chans thats really is perfect for a dark and rainy night. Recommended


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