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The Chinese Ring (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 6 December 1947 (USA)
Soon after a Chinese princess comes to the US to buy planes for her people, she is murdered by a poison dart fired by an air rifle.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Earl Derr Biggers (character), Scott Darling (screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roland Winters ... Charlie Chan
Warren Douglas ... Police Sgt. Bill Davidson
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Louise Currie ... Peggy Cartwright
Victor Sen Yung ... Tommy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Philip Ahn ... Captain Kong
Byron Foulger ... Armstrong
Thayer Roberts ... Captain James J. Kelso
Jean Wong Jean Wong ... Princess Mei Ling
Dimples Cooper Dimples Cooper ... Lillie Mae Wong (as Chabing)
George Spaulding George Spaulding ... Dr. Hickey (as George L. Spaulding)
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Princess Mei Ling pays a visit to the Chan residence, where upon being admitted by man-of-all-work Birmingham Brown she refuses to give her name, but hands Birmingham her ring to show to Charlie. While Chan is being summoned, a mysterious figure shoots a dart at the beautiful Princess who manages, before she dies of poison, to scrawl the name "Captain K" on a handy piece of paper. When the police arrive, Charlie has to admit that he does not know the identity of his murdered visitor, but that he means to find out. What he learns is that Mei Ling has brought with her to America the sum of one million dollars, in order to buy airplanes for the Chinese struggle for freedom. Someone has stolen the money, and someone may be trying to divert the planes into enemy hands. Can the famous detective, despite the fact that his Number Two Son has unaccountably changed his name from Jimmy to Tommy, who used to be his Number Three son, and despite the fact that Charlie, who used to be a Honolulu ... Written by Jim Knoppow

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Trivia

The 42nd of 47 Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie Tommy is referred to as Number 2 Son by Charlie, but in previous Charlie Chan movies Jimmy was Number 2 Son and Tommy was Number 3 Son. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Man who ride on tiger cannot dismount.
Birmingham Brown: He can't?
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Connections

Follows Charlie Chan Carries On (1931) See more »

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Okay entry in deteriorating Chan series.
8 June 1999 | by Steve-171See all my reviews

Okay entry for Winters in his debut as Chan, following Sidney Toler's death. Plot is almost line-for-line copy of MR WONG IN CHINATOWN. Byron Foulger nearly steals show as nervous banker, and Louise Currie is gorgeous, but material and pedestrian direction sink production. Watchable, but the nap monster will probably get you.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1947 (USA) See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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