11 user 5 critic

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)


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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
Stars: Roland Winters, Warren Douglas, Mantan Moreland
The Trap (1946)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Someone is attempting to steal radium stored in a bank. Death by cobra venom connects a number of murders. Charlie investigates.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Benson Fong
Dark Alibi (1946)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A public defender enlists Charlie to exonerate one of his clients, an ex-con falsely accused of bank robbery and murder, scheduled for execution in nine days.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Charlie discovers a scheme for the theft of government radar plans while investigating several murders.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On a plane trip, Charlie Chan and the passengers are drugged, and when they wake up a quarter million dollars is missing.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Roland Winters, Keye Luke, Mantan Moreland
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Charlie Chan and his two eldest sons, investigate a murderous gang who is forcing an archaeologist to search for a treasure in Mexico.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Roland Winters, Keye Luke, Mantan Moreland
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After the partners in the LaFontaine Chemical Co. sign a legal agreement leaving their share to the surviving partner(s), two of them are murdered.

Director: Derwin Abrahams
Stars: Roland Winters, Virginia Dale, Mantan Moreland
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Charlie Chan is an agent of the U.S. government assigned to investigate the mysterious death of an inventor.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Arthur Loft
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Charlie attempts to solve a triple murder in which a dead man's finger prints show up at all three murder sites.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Roland Winters, Mantan Moreland, Tim Ryan
Black Magic (1944)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Charlie searches for a murderer amidst numerous ghosts conjured up by a strange variety of spiritualists and occultists.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Frances Chan
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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

Director: Terry O. Morse
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung


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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herman Cantor Herman Cantor ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
Richard Loo ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
Sam McDaniel ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
Tom Tyler ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Approved | See all certifications »






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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The 45th of 47 Charlie Chan movies. See more »


Tommy Chan: Whatta yuh think you're gonna find, Pop?
Charlie Chan: Do not know - many needles in this haystack.
See more »


Follows The Trap (1946) See more »


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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The franchise is gasping for its last breath!!
31 August 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of the last of the Monogram series of Charlie Chan films. By 1948, the series had been around for many years--since the late 1920s. Through the decades, Warner Oland and Sidney Toler had made a ton of these fun murder mysteries. By the death Toler in 1946, it was obvious that the series had been gasping for life for several years. However, instead of calling a halt to the films, Monogram plodded along with several more Chan films that starred Roland Winters. Now Winters wasn't too bad--after all, with makeup he was able to look like Chan and his delivery was rather Chan-like (though a bit rapid). However, the wit of the Sidney Toler version was noticeably absent. Another problem is that by 1948, the movies just weren't as interesting and were usually written in such a hasty manner that plot holes abounded--and this one looked rather Swiss cheesy at that! I know this to be so because I have seen all of the Fox Charlie Chan films that are in existence and almost all the Monogram ones--the slide is obvious.

Charlie is out west to investigate how a supposedly played out gold mine is suddenly brimming with gold. During the investigation, the man who hired Chan is supposedly hurt and his entire face is wrapped in gauze and doctors won't let anyone in to see him. It's so completely obvious to anyone with half a brain that either this isn't the man or he's being drugged. Oddly, Chan allows this ruse to continue for some time--even though someone's life might be at risk. Even when the nurse/nun who is caring for him reveals she's an idiot and practically knows nothing about medicine, Chan does nothing.

In addition to lots of inaction, the film is brimming with dull and awkward performances. About the only one who comes off reasonably well is Tommy Chan--who oddly was re-named Tommy even though he'd been Jimmy in the earlier films and was still played by the same actor (Victor Sen Yung). Even the usual comic relief from Mantan Moreland seems very subdued in this film. There simply is no energy or life to this film and a few really broad performances sink the film further.

The bottom line is that there isn't much of a mystery and Chan could easily get to the bottom of it. Instead, the amazingly subdued Chan sits back and lets the film go on for some time until the conclusion. Dull and uninspired.

12 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed