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The Trap (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 30 November 1946 (USA)
When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Writers:

Earl Derr Biggers (based on the character created by), Miriam Kissinger (original screenplay)
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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 ... Adelaide
Larry J. Blake ... Rick Daniels (as Larry Blake)
Kirk Alyn ... Police Sgt. Reynolds
Rita Quigley ... Clementine
Anne Nagel ... Marcia
Helen Gerald Helen Gerald ... Ruby
Howard Negley ... Cole King
Lois Austin Lois Austin ... Mrs. Thorn
Barbara Jean Wong Barbara Jean Wong ... San Toy
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. Weebles
Margaret Brayton Margaret Brayton ... Madge Mudge
Bettie Best Bettie Best ... Winifred
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Storyline

When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.

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It's The HEIGHT of FRIGHT! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in the Trap See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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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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Trivia

The 41st of 47 Charlie Chan movies. See more »

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The chemical used on San Toy is initially referred to as chloroform but is later changed to ether. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Weebles, the Housekeeper: [serving a barbecued sausage] The root of evil.
Madge Mudge: You said it. Lots of evil has come out of the sea - the whirl for instance.
Mrs. Weebles, the Housekeeper: Liquor is the root; crime the stem and branches.
Ruby: [disrespectfully] And what's the fruit?
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Connections

Follows Dark Alibi (1946) See more »

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A weaker Chan but OK
21 February 2015 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

"The Trap" has an OK mystery plot and an unusual Chan locale- the beach, literally on the beach itself. And there is some fine photography of the California coast.

Toler is noticeably tired in this, his last film. In fact at least one scene is performed by Mr. Toler while sitting down, most likely due to fatigue and illness; otherwise he is almost entirely stationary and standing. However, he somehow manages to carry his acting weight in his scenes.

I believe that this is one of the best of Sen Yung's efforts in Chan films, most likely because he is allowed to just act for the most part except for one extended (but plot enhancing) sequence of buffoonery. Tanis Chandler is very French and very attractive, and her performance is competent. Barbara Jean Wong is cute and gives a good performance. But Rita Quigley's performance is...well...the best word to describe it is "terrible". Ms. Quigley gives a career-destroying bad performance that hurts the film, but you could regard it as laughable and maybe find it endurable on that basis.

Since we get a little gem of a Minerva Urecal performance, fine seacoast photography and a decent mystery plot I will give this a "6" rating but you certainly should not expect a classic, traditional Chan film.


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