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Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 14 February 1944 (USA)
Charlie Chan is an agent of the U.S. government assigned to investigate the mysterious death of an inventor.

Director:

Phil Rosen

Writers:

George Callahan (original screenplay), Earl Derr Biggers (characters)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Arthur Loft ... Inspector Jones
Gwen Kenyon ... Inez Arranto
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Hargue
George J. Lewis ... Paul Arranto (as George Lewis)
Marianne Quon Marianne Quon ... Iris Chan
Benson Fong ... Tommy Chan
Muni Seroff Muni Seroff ... Peter Laska
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... David Blake
Gene Roth ... Luis Philipe Vega (as Gene Stutenroth)
Eddy Chandler Eddy Chandler ... Lewis (as Eddie Chandler)
Lelah Tyler ... Mrs. Winters
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Storyline

A scientist working on an important new invention which will protect Allied shipping from U-boat torpedoes has been assigned Secret Service security protection. Amazingly, despite the fact that his laboratory and experiments are located on the upper floor of his Washington mansion, he decides to host a cocktail party for friends on the first floor. Even though several of his guests are foreign nationals with shadowy pasts, he refuses to allow his bodyguards to attend because their presence might offend them. When he is killed by unknown means before joining them, the resultant summary investigation includes Honolulu detective Charlie Chan and children Tommy and Iris, later joined by Birmingham Brown, the chauffeur of one of the guests. When a preliminary autopsy reveals the scientist was electrocuted, Charlie and his associates must decide which of the suspects and red herrings is the guilty party. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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The screen's most daring sleuth!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan and the Secret Service See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Even though the story is set in Washington, D.C., the film was shot in Los Angeles, California. The California State Building (1931-1975) is the government building used for Charlie Chan's office. At the VIDEO MARK of 0:04:55, an establishing shot of the State Building is shown. At the VIDEO MARK of 0:07:40 through 8:25, actor Sidney Toler walks through the lobby of the State Building and out the entrance. [Note the dramatic music underneath the exterior shot of Mr. Toler.]

The California State Building was a state governmental office building, located at 215 West 1st Street, in downtown Los Angeles. The building was found to be structurally unsafe after a 1971 earthquake, necessitating demolition. See more »

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While we are supposed to be in Washington D.C., when Charlie Chan leaves the office building you see the California state flag outside. See more »

Quotes

Birmingham Brown: Talk? Mr. Chan, I'm so scared I can hardly gulp!
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"Anyone else wants to nominate self as the discoverer of body"
26 February 2005 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

Not the best Charlie Chan, but sill enjoyable. The short running time of just 64 minutes is a plus. It doesn't take long (not more than 5 minutes) to be in the ambiance. A murder has been committed, nobody leaves the house. Charlie is on his way and his power of deduction will be on display. There's a sense of déjà-vu with the setting and the plot, but Charlie's funny remarks make for a good watch: "Dead man's actions still need explanation". In this one, we learn that Charlie has 14 kids! Son #3 and daughter #2 appear in this movie. Good comic relief from Mantan Moreland in his first appearance of the series. He's good but he'll be better in future films. A drawback: the actors sometimes look like they forgot their lines.

Seen at home, in Toronto, on February 25th, 2005.

71/100 (**)


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