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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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The first of three appearances of Tim Ryan (husband of Irene Ryan) as Lt. Mike Ruark. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Chan: [Indicating window] Go on in.
Birmingham Brown: Why don't YOU go in?
Tommy Chan: You'll be harder to see in the dark if you go in.
Birmingham Brown: Well, don't rush me - don't rush me.
Tommy Chan: Now, don't turn on any lights.
Birmingham Brown: Don't you worry any. I ain't. I'm gonna blend in with that darkness.
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Follows Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936) See more »

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22 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Charlie Chan (Roland Winters) must prove the innocence of a deeply stupid man (John Alvin) who puts his fingerprints all over a murder weapon. Contrived mess of a mystery with particularly weak writing, even for Monogram. Winters is terrible as Chan. I can't stress that enough. Mantan Moreland and Victor Sen Yung are back playing buffoonish comic relief sidekicks Birmingham and Tommy. There's nothing to recommend about this one. If you're a Charlie Chan completist, I suppose you should at least try it. If you're new to Charlie Chan films, please don't let this or any of the Roland Winters movies be your first. As a matter of fact, avoid all of the Monogram movies until you've seen the far superior Fox movies first.


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