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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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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

First film to introduce Mantan Moreland as Birmingham Brown. See more »

Goofs

While Charlie is riding in a cab to the murdered doctor's house in "Washington, D.C.", he goes through a neighborhood full of houses with red tile roofs and palm trees in the yard. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Chan: Gee, I'm sleepy.
Birmingham Brown: Me, too.
Iris Chan: Then lie down somewhere. I'll wake you when the next corpse shows up.
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Connections

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

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A Good Later Chan
17 July 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

As the Chans progressed the quality varied. They began a slide one they moved to Monogram studios. While not as good as the earlier big budget films they never the less remained entertaining.

This is I think the first of the Monograms and its one of the best of that later period. Certainly its memorable as the introduction of Birmingham Brown, a character played by Mantan Moreland to the end of the series. Generally his appearance denotes whether it one of the greater or lesser Chan films.(Although the reason the films are lesser is due to the patchwork style, reuse of sets and middling writing)

Here the plot concerns the death of an inventor for the war effort, a plot that was reused several times in a row. Its clever with out being obtuse and you'll probably guess the killer, which isn't always easy since Monogram often didn't play fair.

Definitely worth a look.

7 out of 10.


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