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The Sky Dragon (1949)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 27 April 1949 (USA)
On a plane trip, Charlie Chan and the passengers are drugged, and when they wake up a quarter million dollars is missing.


Lesley Selander


Oliver Drake (story) (as Clint Johnson), Oliver Drake (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Roland Winters ... Charlie Chan
Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Noel Neill ... Jane Marshall
Tim Ryan ... Lt. Mike Ruark
Iris Adrian ... Wanda LaFern
Elena Verdugo ... Connie Jackson, alias Marie Burke
Milburn Stone ... Capt. Tim Norton
Lyle Talbot ... Andrew J. Barrett
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... John Anderson
Joel Marston ... Copilot Don Blake
John Eldredge ... William E. French (as John Eldridge)
Eddie Parks ... Jonathan Tibbetts
Louise Franklin Louise Franklin ... Lena Franklin - Maid


All the passengers on an airplane headed for San Francisco are drugged, and when they wake up, it is discovered that a quarter-million dollars is missing. Charlie Chan--and, of course, his #1 son--must discover the identity of the person who doped the passengers and stole the money. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The last of 47 Charlie Chan movies, though the character was revived in a 1957 TV series starring J. Carrol Naish (The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957); a total of 39 episodes), and in a couple of unrelated movies. George Kuwa and Sôjin Kamiyama, both Japanese, each played the role once in lost silents, E.L. Park, a British actor who made no other films, put in a tiny cameo as Chan in Behind That Curtain (1929). The Swedish Warner Oland started the series proper in 1931 with Charlie Chan Carries On (1931), doing a total of 16 entries, Missouri-born Sidney Toler replaced him for 22 more, and Massachusetts-born Roland Winters ended it with the last six. Polish-born Ross Martin completed a 1970 TV movie reviving the character, a failed attempt at a new teleseries, while London-born Peter Ustinov starred in a final theatrical release, Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981), scripted as a satire/spoof, which was not a success. In 1976 Peter Sellers sent up the character (called Sidney Wang) in Murder by Death (1976). The Ross Martin movies and the Peter Ustinov movie (both listed here) bring the total number of Charlie Chan movies to 49 and not the 41 given at the beginning of this description. This error (47 instead of 49) also appears in the trivia section of all other Charlie Chan movies. See more »


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People Take Things So Seriously
25 January 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is it for Chan (at least for the three actors that did the B-movie thing). It involves a plot that has been done any times since. That of a murder on board an airplane. We have a finite set of suspects. There is some history among the passengers. There is a large sum of money involved. And, Charlie and Lee (Number One Son) are on board. We have been told that Lee has been trained as a pilot for several episodes, so there is no big deal when assumes control of the plane. This has a nice cast of very recognizable actors. Noel Neill who was Lois Lane in "The Adventures of Superman" and Milburne Stone from "Gunsmoke." I also remember a show called "The People's Choice," which starred a heavy set guy who played the Mayor. There is no way to keep these people on that plane and they are allowed to leave. Of course, murders are committed and lots of drama ensues. For the final time, a light is turned out and a man is assaulted by an intruder.. How many times!!! This is the most entertaining of the Roland Winters films. I'm puzzled at the great disdain held for him. The earlier Chan movies weren't really all that great anyway. Having Caucasian men play a Chinese detective creates problems from the start. I guess there is a charm in seeing these actors do their thing for very little money. We could criticize till the cows come home, but these weren't ever works of art.

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27 April 1949 (USA) See more »

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Murder in the Air See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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