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The Shanghai Chest (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 11 July 1948 (USA)
Charlie attempts to solve a triple murder in which a dead man's finger prints show up at all three murder sites.

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Complete credited cast:
... Charlie Chan
... Birmingham Brown
Tim Ryan ... Police Lt. Mike Ruark
... Tommy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Deannie Best ... Phyllis Powers
... Edward Seward
... Victor Armstrong
... Dist. Atty. Frank Bronson
... Judge Wesley Armstrong (as Pierre Watkins)
... Joseph Pindello
... Mr. Grail - Undertaker
Olaf Hytten ... Bates - the Butler
... Walter Somervale
George Eldredge ... Police Sgt. Pat Finley
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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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11 July 1948 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan in the Shanghai Chest  »

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Trivia

American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1941-1950 credits Paul Scardon as playing the role of the cemetery custodian, but this role is actually played by Louis Mason. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Man who have gun either afraid or have guilty conscience.
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Follows Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936) See more »

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Watch a Warner Oland Chan instead!
20 April 2000 | by See 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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