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Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944)

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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

The electromagnet used to fire the gun, did not affect any other metal objects in the room. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Now, Mrs., uh, Winters. When Miss Arranto scream, you ran out into hall?
Mrs. Winters: Well, not at first. I couldn't move. I was simply putrified.
Charlie Chan: Excuse, please, I do not believe you mean "putrified."
Mrs. Winters: My dear man, I KNOW what I mean.
Inspector Jones, Secret Service: [laughs] Well, I'll be a pop-eyed pollywog.
Mrs. Winters: So will I. Oh, my goodness, I mean no such thing!
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Quite enjoyable CC film
12 October 2000 | by emjunior1See all my reviews

This is the first Charlie Chan film I've seen in a few years and although it wasn't the best, I certainly believe it was quite enjoyable. I don't believe it was boring and despite some discrepancies, I liked it. Who cares about the budget? I've seen many other big-budgeted films that fall flat in comparison with Charlie. Let's hope that TCM continues to show more CC films in the future to break the dry spell.


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