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Castle in the Desert (1942)

Charlie Chan investigates apparent poisonings at a mystery mansion in the Mojave Desert.

Director:

Harry Lachman

Writers:

John Francis Larkin (original screenplay) (as John Larkin), Earl Derr Biggers (character)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Arleen Whelan ... Brenda Hartford
Richard Derr ... Carl Detheridge
Douglass Dumbrille ... Paul Manderley (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Henry Daniell ... Watson King
Edmund MacDonald ... Walter Hartford
Victor Sen Yung ... Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
Lenita Lane ... Lucy Manderley
Ethel Griffies ... Madame Saturnia
Milton Parsons ... Arthur Fletcher
Steven Geray ... Dr. Retling (as Steve Geray)
Lucien Littlefield ... Gleason
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Storyline

Paul Manderley, eccentric historian, and his wife, descendant of the Borgias, live in an isolated castle-like mansion in the Mojave Desert. When a guest suddenly collapses, Charlie Chan is invited to stay. As the standard mystery-mansion props come into play, and all means of outside communication are sabotaged, it becomes evident that one of the inhabitants has access to poisons and is prepared to use them... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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...a poison arrow whizzes past... as Charlie Chan opens the gate to his most baffling adventure!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in Castle in the Desert See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The exterior of the hotel would later be dressed as the saloon for The Ox-Bow Incident (1943). See more »

Goofs

The supposed statue of a Medieval executioner sways momentarily, revealing the statue as an actor. See more »

Quotes

Lily, Mme. Saturnia: You have enemies, Mr. Chan?
Charlie Chan: Man without enemies like dog without fleas.
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Connections

Followed by Docks of New Orleans (1948) See more »

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The last of the Fox Chans and one of the best!
16 April 2000 | by admjtk1701See all my reviews

This was, sorry to say, the last Chan film made by 20th Century Fox. It is also one of the most fun and atmospheric. It is set in a castle in the Mojave Desert owned by a descendant of the Borgias, played by Douglass Dumbrille. This is creepy and funny with Jimmy Chan (Sen Yung)sneaking around the castle amid the suits of armor. Henry Danielle is also on hand as a guest of the house. A nutty fortune teller also adds to the fun! Another one to watch over and over.


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