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Shadows Over Chinatown (1946)

Charlie investigates murders connected with insurance fraud. This one is set in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Director:

Terry O. Morse (as Terry Morse)

Writers:

Earl Derr Biggers (characters), Raymond L. Schrock
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Victor Sen Yung ... Jimmy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Tanis Chandler ... Mary Conover
John Gallaudet ... Jeff Hay
Paul Bryar ... Mike Rogan
Bruce Kellogg ... Jack Tilford
Al Bridge ... Capt. Allen (as Alan Bridge)
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Conover
Dorothy Granger ... Joan Mercer
Jack Norton ... Mr. Cosgrove
George Eldredge ... Lannigan
Tyra Vaughn Tyra Vaughn ... Miss Chalmers
Lyle Latell Lyle Latell ... Police Clerk
Mira McKinney ... Kate Johnson (as Myra McKinney)
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Storyline

Chinese detective Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) is on his way to San Francisco to take over a murder case when he meets a woman, Mrs. Conover (Mary Gordon), who is searching for her missing daughter and a young man, Jeff Tilford (Bruce Kellogg), who is looking for his missing fiancee. Investigation by Charlie discloses they are both looking for the same girl, Mary Conover (Tanis Chandler). Chan eventually uncovers a murder gang, which has been collecting the life insurance of its victims. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Chan follows the trail of a blood-chilling wave of torso slayings! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mandarin's Secret See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The thirty-eighth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Goofs

The scene of the bus supposedly pulling into the San Francisco terminal was very obviously filmed in Hollywood. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Chan: Com'on, Birmingham. Shake a leg.
Birmingham Brown: Who do you think I am? Man O' War? I ain't run this fast since I ran into a hornet's nest!
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Followed by The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957) See more »

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The Return of Jimmy Chan
22 March 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) investigates insurance fraud and a series of murders. Another Monogram Chan film that is helped by the return of "Number Two Son" Jimmy Chan (Victor Sen Yung), last seen in the 1942 Fox film Castle in the Desert. Up until this point at Monogram, Charlie had been saddled with dull-as-dirt Tommy Chan, played by bland Benson Fong. Victor Sen Yung is a breath of fresh air for this stale series. That being said, he can only do so much. It's still Monogram so it's still cheap. Also, there's still obtrusive comic relief Birmingham Brown, played by bug-eyed Mantan Moreland. The good news is that Moreland doesn't overpower Sen Yung like he did Fong. So it's a watchable effort but nothing special. But when it comes to the Monogram series, watchable is about as much as you can hope for.


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