Charlie Chan in Shanghai
directed by James Tinling
starring Warner Oland, Irene Hervey, Charles Locher(= Jon Hall), Russell Hicks, Keye Luke, Halliwell Hobbes, Frederick Vogeding, Neil Fitzgerald, Max Wagner, Gladden James, Moy Ming, Pat O'Malley, David Torrence, Joan Woodbury
written by Gerard Fairlie, Edward T. Lowe jr, based on a character created by Earl Derr Biggers
Charlie Chan, Charlie Chan (Warner Oland), Number One Son Lee Chan, Charlie Chan at Fox
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Sir Stanley (David Torrence) has called Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) to
Shanghai on a secret mission - but before he can reveal what that mission
is, he is shot dead by some infernal device that doesn't give any clues
concerning the killer. The organisation behind his death though, led by
the mysterious Ivan Marloff (Frederick Vogeding), doesn't intend to stop
there, and soon they kidnap Chan and son Lee (Keye Luke), who only by luck
manage to escape being killed as well.
Enter James Andrews (Russell
Hicks), an US-American agent who claimsto have cooperated with Sir Stanley
in investigating a drug ring, and now he asks Charlie Chan for assistance.
Before you know it, Andrews and Chan are shot at, and Sir Stanley's
secretary Nash (Charles Locher = Jon Hall) turns out to be the only
logical suspect and is therefore arrested. Evetnually, though, he manages
to make an escape, and he leaves a trail to the Versailles bar which
Andrews and Chan follow - to find the underground heatquarters of the drug
runners, complete with secret mooring. However, Chan and Andrews almost
run into a trap but are saved by the coast guard Charlie has called just
in time. It turns out that escapee Nash was always cooperating with Chan
to smoke out the baddies, but it was Andrews who was the actual head of
the drugrunners, and he wasn't even the real Andrews either who died three
weeks ago ...
Average Charlie Chan flick, not as
funny as the best entries into the series, but also not as muddled as the
worst. In all, ok if light entertainment.