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Murder Over New York (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 13 December 1940 (USA)
When Charlie's old friend from Scotland Yard is murdered when they attend a police convention in New York, Chan picks up the case he was working on.

Director:

Harry Lachman

Writers:

Lester Ziffren (original screen play), Earl Derr Biggers (based on: the character "Charlie Chan" created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Marjorie Weaver ... Patricia Shaw
Robert Lowery ... David Elliott
Ricardo Cortez ... George Kirby
Donald MacBride ... Inspector Vance
Melville Cooper ... Herbert Fenton
Joan Valerie ... June Preston
Kane Richmond ... Ralph Percy
Victor Sen Yung ... Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
John Sutton ... Richard Jeffery
Leyland Hodgson ... Boggs
Clarence Muse ... Butler
Frederick Worlock ... Hugh Drake
Lal Chand Mehra Lal Chand Mehra ... Ramullah
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Storyline

Coincidence like ancient egg, leave unpleasant odour. Canary unlike faithful dog, do not die from sympathy. Number 2 son very promising detective, promise very much, deliver very little. Nut easy to crack if nut empty. Number 2 son like interest on mortgage, impossible to escape. Fresh weed better than wilted rose. Happy solution never see light if truth kept in dark. One man with gun have more authority than whole army with no ammunition. Door of opportunity swing both ways. Wishful thinking sometimes lead to blind alley. Same leopard can hide beneath different spots. Confidence of son like courage of small boy at dentist, most evident after tooth extracted. Written by Alan Smithee

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in Murder Over New York See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At about 56 minutes, one of the characters explains the presence of the gun turret mounts by explaining that they are present on the test plane and will not be used with guns until after the plane passes the tests. See more »

Goofs

Seemingly an hour or so after Drake's body is discovered in his apartment, Charlie gets a toxicology report over the telephone from the city morgue naming the specific poison that was in his body. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Chan: Say, Pop, what d'ya think about this?
Charlie Chan: Like dog chasing his own tail - getting no place.
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Follows Charlie Chan in London (1934) See more »

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It's film history, it's fun, enjoy!
13 September 2003 | by estabansmytheSee all my reviews

Charlie's in New York catching pre-war spies with wise-cracking #2 son, Victor Sen-Yung. They make a delightful team. Yes, it's unfortunate that blacks are stereotyped, but we're certainly intelligent enough to place this within the proper prospective.

As with every Chan film in the 30s & 40s, the film shows Charlie's high sense of family values, and he is accorded respect like no other character in the film as he easily outwits dimwitted white chief detective Don McBride and the others.

Overall, the Chan series are an honorable and respectable part of our film history - and they're fun and entertaining as hell. These films deserve to be seen as often as any other film of the era.

Please pass the popcorn and leave your over-sensitive political correctness at the door. It's show time!


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