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Castle in the Desert

USA 1942
produced by
Ralph Dietrich for 20th Century Fox
directed by Harry Lachman
starring Sidney Toler, Arleen Whelan, Richard Derr, Douglass Dumbrille, Henry Daniell, Edmund MacDonald, Victor Sen Yung, Lenita Lane, Ethel Griffies, Milton Parsons, Steven Geray, Lucien Littlefield, Oliver Blake, George Chandler, Paul Kruger, Eric Wilton
written by John Larkin, based on characters created by Earl Derr Biggers, music by David Buttolph, Cyril J.Mockridge

Charlie Chan, Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler), Charlie Chan at Fox

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) investigates a murder case in a castle in the desert, a castle owned by Lucy Manderley (Lenitza Lane), last offspring of the Borgias, and her husband Paul (Douglass Dumbrille), who investigates the Borgias' family history. Since the murdered man was poisoned, everybody suspects Lucy of course, since her family has a long history in poisoning, but for Charlie Chan, several things don't click, especially when he learns the murder victim is not dead at all, and finally he figures out that someone just tries to drive Lucy to insanityand kill her husband to get his hands on the Borgia fortune as the attorney of law, and this someone is her lawyer (Edmund MacDonald), who apparently is in league with the family physician (Steven Geray). Of course, Charlie Chan ultimately sees to it that the baddies get their just reward.

Victor Sen Yung can be seen as Chan's son number two.

 

Less than special mystery in the Charlie Chan series of B-movies. Sure, there is the occasional funny, interesting or even macabre moment, but in all it's a rather uninspired entry in a series that's slowly running out of steam (at least at 20th Century Fox), and at times it's even boring ...

 

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