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The Feathered Serpent (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 19 December 1948 (USA)
Charlie Chan and his two eldest sons, investigate a murderous gang who is forcing an archaeologist to search for a treasure in Mexico.


William Beaudine


Oliver Drake (original story "Riders of the Whistling Skull"), Oliver Drake (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Roland Winters ... Charlie Chan
Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Victor Sen Yung ... Tommy Chan
Carol Forman ... Sonia Cabot
Robert Livingston ... Prof. John Stanley
Nils Asther ... Prof. Paul Evans
Beverly Jons ... Joan Farnsworth
Martin Garralaga ... Pedro Francisco Lopez
George J. Lewis ... Capt. Juan Gonzalez
Leslie Denison Leslie Denison ... Prof. Henry Farnsworth (as Leslie Dennison)


In order to learn the location of a fabled Aztec treasure, a professor kidnaps his colleague, the only man able to read the ancient Aztec script that is supposed to reveal the location of the treasure. Charlie Chan and his #1 and #2 sons journey to the jungles of Mexico to find the victim and bring the kidnapper and his gang to justice. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Camping out with the Chans
21 March 2019 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

In a Mexican village, a team of Americans plan a trip into the mountains to search for an ancient treasure and two missing scientists. Charlie Chan stumbles into the case and joins their expedition, along with his number one and number two sons and chauffeur. Soon they are all tenting it, spying on each other and sneaking in and out of camp.

Bob Livingston is part of the search party but we soon discover that he actually heads a gang that's after the treasure. They have kidnapped the missing professor and are holding him in a secret temple whose hidden door swings open when you step on a certain big rock.

Roland Winters does okay in a fairly active role as the great detective. Keye Luke is a rather mature and serious Lee Chan. Victor Sen Young and Mantan Moreland, as Tommy Chan and chauffeur Birmingham Brown, are teamed up as usual to handle the comic relief. No explanation is offered for Keye Luke's surprising return to the series; we can only note that at the beginning of the picture the Chans are setting out on a family vacation, and guess that Lee must have been invited.

The plot is a little different from most in this series--we know who the villain is from early on. The production, of course, is cheap and the dialog seems hastily hashed out, although Mr. Chan does offer one or two of his wise sayings. ("Very difficult to estimate depth of well by size of bucket.") Overall it's really not very good...but enjoyable enough for fans.

Note: a fun double feature would be this picture preceded by 1937's Riders of the Whistling Skull. Not only is this Chan picture is a remake of that Three Mesquiteers western, but the earlier movie also featured Bob Livingston--as one of the good guys, in that case.

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Release Date:

19 December 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan and the Feathered Serpent See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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