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Murder Over New York (1940)

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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

As shown by its row of square upper windows, the aircraft seen in the opening scene (as well as its "arrival in New York") is a "DST" - Douglas Sleeper Transport - a variant model of the more-common DC-3. The model shown briefly "inflight" is a completely different airplane entirely. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Desire to live still strongest instinct in Man.
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Connections

Followed by The Return of Charlie Chan (1973) See more »

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Number Two Son Screws Up Again
12 January 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

In watching the entire Charlie Chan canon, there is one consistent issue. That is the trust that Charlie puts in his own son. There are at least five goof ups due to him; not to mention his constantly tampering with evidence and shooting off his mouth. I realize that these are part of the comic relief, but sometimes they cross over into potential danger for other people. Putting that little complaint aside, this was quite an entertaining offering. It involves sabotage once again. There is a test plane at the center of it and concern that someone may try to put a wrench in the works. The use of poison gas is front and center and the identity of a man known for his terrorism. We have the repeated business of a person in authority wanting the spotlight, but Chan is ultimately in control. I like this one.


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