Mary Whitman has gone to Reno to obtain a divorce. While there she is arrested on suspicion of murdering a fellow guest at her hotel (which specializes in divorcers). There are many others at the hotel who wanted the victim out of the way. Charlie comes from his home in Honolulu to solve the murder.Written by
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Dayton OH Saturday 16 January 1954 on WLW-D (Channel 2); it first aired in Phoenix Wednesday 3 February 1954 on KOOL (Channel 10), in Portland OR Wednesday 10 February 1954 on KOIN (Channel 6), in New York City Tuesday 2 March 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Lansing MI Thursday 1 April 1954 on WILS (Channel 54), in Los Angeles Saturday 31 July 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Tuesday 7 June 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »
When Charlie is examining the police photos of Mrs. Bentley's body, they show her beauty mask tied around her head. But the mask was untied by the desk clerk to identify the victim, before the police are ever called. See more »
Mary is still my wife in spite of what we planned, but she didn't - she couldn't have done this.
Man yet to be born who can tell what woman will or will not do.
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Mary Whitman seems to be a logical suspect in the murder of Jeanne Bentley. After all, she was found standing over the body. And Jeanne was the "other woman" and the reason Mary was getting a divorce. On the surface, there seems to be little doubt of Mary's guilt. But Charlie Chan sees it all quite differently. He sees a hotel full of suspects who wanted Jeanne out of the way. Can he find the real killer before Mary is convicted of a crime she didn't commit?
Sidney Toler's second outing as Charlie Chan is a solid effort and an improvement over his first. I'm not exactly sure how to put this, but Charlie Chan in Reno is just more interesting. The plot, suspects, and setting all appealed to me. The pacing is nice with very few dull moments. I particularly enjoyed Chan's visit to the ghost town. The supporting cast is strong with Phyllis Brooks and Ricardo Cortez being the standouts. And Iris Wong as the dead woman's maid and Jimmy Chan's love interest is a delight. But one thing I really enjoyed about Charlie Chan in Reno is the way the finale is handled. I've often complained about the "cheat" endings of Chan films (and I should probably stop and just accept it as a given), but the ending here is played much straighter than some of the other entries in the series. If you're sharp enough, you actually have a chance to spot the killer before Chan's big reveal. Unfortunately, I am not that sharp.
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