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Shanghai Chest (1948)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 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.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Earl Derr Biggers (characters), Samuel Newman (original story) (as Sam Newman) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Roland Winters ... Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Tim Ryan ... Police Lt. Mike Ruark
Victor Sen Yung ... Tommy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Deannie Best Deannie Best ... Phyllis Powers
Tristram Coffin ... Edward Seward
John Alvin ... Victor Armstrong
Russell Hicks ... Dist. Atty. Frank Bronson
Pierre Watkin ... Judge Wesley Armstrong (as Pierre Watkins)
Philip Van Zandt ... Joseph Pindello
Milton Parsons ... Mr. Grail - Undertaker
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Bates - the Butler
Erville Alderson ... 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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Trivia

The 44th of 47 Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: [to Lt. Ruark] Surprised detective might just as well clutch iron ball and jump in lake.
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Connections

Follows Dangerous Money (1946) See more »

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Doing Things in the Most Convoluted Way
24 January 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Roland Winters carries this off better than in his first couple efforts. There's a little more pizazz to this offering. Several men are killed who were associated with the conviction and execution of a hoodlum. Apparently, he was innocent of the crime. This brings into play someone who is seeking revenge. Since it is thought that he has no relatives or close associates, finding the guy is pretty hard. Once again, we have the poor guys, alone in their offices, with the windows open. They are attacked from behind and left to die. There is a red herring in the barrel that is never dealt with. A man who is the nephew of a judge is to be disinherited and becomes a suspect. He is cleared very quickly (a weakness in the plot--but then he is abundantly unattractive as a person) because of some findings. We pretty much never see him again. The problem with the whole thing is the circumlocutory mess that must be gone through to find our guy. There is an exhumation of a grave, done in about five minutes. It's hard to tell who is who in the fabric of things. When the solution comes my response was "Huh!" And, of course, the two hangers on are there again to participate.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in the Shanghai Chest See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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