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The Golden Eye (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 29 August 1948 (USA)
Chan discovers a conspiracy when a low paying gold mine seemingly starts to become profitable, and attempts are made on the owner's life.


William Beaudine


Earl Derr Biggers (characters), Scott Darling (as W. Scott Darling)


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Complete credited cast:
Roland Winters ... Charlie Chan
Wanda McKay ... Evelyn Manning
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Victor Sen Yung ... Tommy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Bruce Kellogg ... Talbot Bartlett
Tim Ryan ... Lt. Mike Ruark
Evelyn Brent ... Sister Teresa
Ralph Dunn ... Jim. Driscoll
Lois Austin Lois Austin ... Mrs. Margaret Driscoll
Forrest Taylor ... Mr. Manning
Lee 'Lasses' White Lee 'Lasses' White ... Pete


A gold mine in Arizona, that was formerly losing a lot of money, suddenly turns into a veritable money-making machine. However, the owner, instead of being happy about his now profitable business, insists to Charlie that something is fishy and that someone is out to murder him. Charlie and his "crew" travel to the mine, pretending to be tourists staying at a nearby dude ranch so as not to arouse suspicion, and discover that the owner may well be right--it looks like the mine is being used as a cover for criminal activities, and that someone is indeed out to murder him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Death lurks at every step...as your oriental super-sleuth stalks a desperate killer -- below the surface of the earth!


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The second of three appearances of Tim Ryan as Lt. Mike Ruark, whom Chan always refers to simply as "Lt. Mike". See more »


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Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
(AKA "The Cowboy's Lament" and "The Dying Cowboy")(uncredited)
Traditional American cowboy folk song based on the poem "Ocean Burial" by Edwin Hubbell Chapin (1839) set to music by George N. Allen
Sung by Tim Ryan
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"So much for so much."
21 March 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Charlie Chan heads to Arizona to investigate a gold mine mystery. A typically cheap Monogram movie starring Roland Winters, the worst of all Charlie Chans. Mantan Moreland returns as unfunny comic relief character Birmingham Brown. Victor Sen Yung is back as Tommy Chan. The western locale allows both to dress like cowboys. So it's trying to be like a Bowery Boys comedy or something. Except the Bowery Boys were funny. The once-great Charlie Chan series had fallen pretty far by this time. Winters is absolutely terrible as Chan. Poorly written, directed, and acted -- it's a really a stinker of a movie. The one positive thing I will say about it is that actor Ralph Dunn, who plays the mine superintendent, has a pretty cool head of hair.

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Release Date:

29 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mystery of the Golden Eye See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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