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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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Details

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 thirtieth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jimmy Chan: Say, Pop, you haven't been drinking, have you?
Charlie Chan: Only wine of discovery.
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Connections

Followed by Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat (1944) See more »

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22 April 2000 | by logan2445See all my reviews

My opinion is this is one of the best in the Chan series. It has a good story that is written well. The cast is great with some wonderful character actors. I think the production quality is a little better than other Chan films. One thing that stands out are lighting and camera angles. They create an ambiance of suspense.


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