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The Shanghai Chest (1948)

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

Writers:

Earl Derr Biggers (characters), Samuel Newman (original story) (as Sam Newman) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roland Winters ... Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Tim Ryan Tim Ryan ... Police Lt. Mike Ruark
Victor Sen Yung ... Tommy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Deannie Best Deannie Best ... Phyllis Powers
Tristram Coffin ... Edward Seward
John Alvin ... Victor Armstrong
Russell Hicks ... Dist. Atty. Frank Bronson
Pierre Watkin ... Judge Wesley Armstrong (as Pierre Watkins)
Philip Van Zandt ... Joseph Pindello
Milton Parsons ... Mr. Grail - Undertaker
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Bates - the Butler
Erville Alderson ... Walter Somervale
George Eldredge George Eldredge ... Police Sgt. Pat Finley
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Storyline

Vic Armstrong arrives at his Uncle Judge Armstrong's home just in time to answer the telephone. Unknown to him, his uncle has just been murdered and the culprit is right there in the room with him! Phyllis Powers, on the other end of the line, recognizes Vic's voice, but just then Vic is knocked unconscious by the murderer. When he awakens, he (for reasons known only to movie mystery writers) pulls the knife out of his uncle's back, thus putting his fingerprints all over it, and just in time for the police, having been called by a worried Phyllis, to discover him standing over the body. Well, we know he didn't do it, but the police don't agree. Can Charlie Chan recognize the boy's innocence, and find the real murderer before Vic is sent into durance vile, or even worse? Written by Anonymous

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THE MYSTERY OF THE ALPHABET MURDER CASE! (original ad - all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in the Shanghai Chest See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The 44th of 47 Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Quotes

Police Sgt. Pat Finley: [Referring to Charkie] Well, I guess the old man knows what he's doin'. but sometimes I wish he'd take us more into his confidence.
Police Lt. Mike Ruark: Pat, my boy, for ways that are dark and tricks that are vain, Mr. Chan is very peculiar... Shakespeare.
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Follows Charlie Chan's Chance (1932) See more »

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Watch a Warner Oland Chan instead!
20 April 2000 | by admjtk1701See all my reviews

Another great title let down by a poor script, low budget, and mostly bad acting. This film has Tim Ryan as police Lt. Mike Ruark, whom Chan calls, "Lt. Mike". Overall, it is annoying rather than endearing. Tim Ryan is credited with "additional dialogue". If only he came up with better words. Watch a Warner Oland Chan instead.


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