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The Shanghai Cobra (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 29 September 1945 (USA)
Someone is attempting to steal radium stored in a bank. Death by cobra venom connects a number of murders. Charlie investigates.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

George Callahan (screenplay), George Wallace Sayre (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Benson Fong ... Tommy Chan
James Cardwell ... Ned Stewart
Joan Barclay ... Paula Webb
Addison Richards ... John Adams
Arthur Loft ... Bradford Harris
Janet Warren ... Record Machine Operator
Gene Roth ... Morgan (as Gene Stutenroth)
Joe Devlin ... Taylor
James Flavin ... H.R. Jarvis
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Walter Fletcher
Walter Fenner Walter Fenner ... Police Inspector Harry Davis
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Storyline

When three employees of a bank are found murdered with cobra venom, Charlie Chan connects the homicides to a case he had worked in Shanghai in 1937. Even though he arrested the alleged murderer, whom later escaped from the police, Charlie wouldn't be able to recognize him because, at the time of his apprehension, his badly burned face and hands were swathed in bandages. Although Chan believes he is now involved with a gang that is stealing valuable radium from a bank vault, utilizing tunnels that connect to the area sewer system, his new identity remains a mystery. When a detective disguised as a bank guard is found dead in a tunnel by Birmingham, Charlie knows he's on the right track. Written by duke1029

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Charlie Chan at his best in his most thrilling adventure!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in the Shanghai Cobra 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in New York City in 1948 (possibly 3 April 1948) on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Monday 7 November 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in San Francisco Tuesday 20 December 1949 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Cincinnati Tuesday 27 December 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), and in Boston Sunday 30 April 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

A building supposedly located in Washington, D.C. has the California state flag flying from its flagpole. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: [annoyed that Tommy is still sitting down] Rising generation sit too much!
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Connections

Followed by Shanghai Chest (1948) See more »

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Low Budget Means Mystery Missing, But Secret Room Provides Surprise
14 March 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

If you're volunteering to watch a Charlie Chan movie, you already have some idea of what's in store, and as this is one of the late ones done at the Poverty Row Studio, Monogram, you may also know it's not heavy on either production values or a complex script.

That said, director Phil Karlson sets up the first five minutes as if this were a dynamic, lurking-in-the-shadows film noir, and immediately slips from dark, shadowy streets into a brightly-lit diner where the juke-box is also a one-way television which connects to a secret room somewhere else in the city; what's not to like? Sounds like the start of a fascinating mystery! Unfortunately, the remainder of the film doesn't develop many more startling innovations or follow up much with the television, getting lost somewhere as the script pages went missing, perhaps

There are, however, character treats along with way, such familiar folks as George Chandler as a cynical soda jerk and familiar-face Addison Richards as a suspicious bank guard; the 64 minutes are well-spent for the average "B" movie fan--but this ain't The Maltese Falcon although almost any hour spent with Charlie Chan can be unadulterated escapism.


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