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Shadows Over Chinatown (1946)

Charlie investigates murders connected with insurance fraud. This one is set in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Director:

Terry O. Morse (as Terry Morse)

Writers:

Earl Derr Biggers (characters), Raymond L. Schrock
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Victor Sen Yung ... Jimmy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Tanis Chandler ... Mary Conover
John Gallaudet ... Jeff Hay
Paul Bryar ... Mike Rogan
Bruce Kellogg ... Jack Tilford
Al Bridge ... Capt. Allen (as Alan Bridge)
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Conover
Dorothy Granger ... Joan Mercer
Jack Norton ... Mr. Cosgrove
George Eldredge George Eldredge ... Lannigan
Tyra Vaughn Tyra Vaughn ... Miss Chalmers
Lyle Latell Lyle Latell ... Police Clerk
Mira McKinney ... Kate Johnson (as Myra McKinney)
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Storyline

Chinese detective Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) is on his way to San Francisco to take over a murder case when he meets a woman, Mrs. Conover (Mary Gordon), who is searching for her missing daughter and a young man, Jeff Tilford (Bruce Kellogg), who is looking for his missing fiancee. Investigation by Charlie discloses they are both looking for the same girl, Mary Conover (Tanis Chandler). Chan eventually uncovers a murder gang, which has been collecting the life insurance of its victims. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mandarin's Secret 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 (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The thirty-eighth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Goofs

The scene of the bus supposedly pulling into the San Francisco terminal was very obviously filmed in Hollywood. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Chan: [Watching a frightened Birmingham repeatedly crash into the wall on the stair landing of the morgue] Where are you going, Birmingham? That's not a door up there!
Birmingham Brown: It will be in a minute.
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Connections

Follows Castle in the Desert (1942) See more »

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Not the best, but interesting never the less...
14 July 2007 | by kga58See all my reviews

This CHAN entry is a little different from the opening. First, there is a sequence in the Missing Persons Bureau with an off-screen narrator explaining the goings on. Then the "torso killings"--shades of the Black Dahlia. I don't recall such gruesome deaths in the earlier Chans, although here they are only spoken of. The plot is pure Monogram Chan for better or worse(a scorecard would come in handy with this outing as well as most of the others). The interaction between Toler, Sen Yung and Mantan Moreland is as always fun to watch. Much has been made of Moreland's parts in these films and their supposed "racist" overtones. Maybe so, but IMNTBHO him playing a scared bumbler is no different than Lou Costello playing a scared bumbler in one of the A&C flicks---and they are both super at it. If all else fails there is beautiful Tanis Chandler to ogle! Why she never became a true star is beyond me--she's a sight.


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