Charlie Chan on Broadway
John Stone for 20th Century Fox
directed by Eugene Forde
starring Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Joan Marsh, J.Edward Bromberg, Douglas Fowley, Harold Huber, Donald Woods, Louise Henry, Joan Woodbury, Leon Ames, Marc Lawrence, Toshia Mori, Charles Williams, Eugene Borden, Lon Chaney jr
story by Art Arthur, Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, screenplay by Charles Belden, Jerome Cady, based on characters created by Earl Derr Biggers, musical director: Samuel Kaylin
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Billie (Louise Henry), a gangster moll, had to skip New York a year ago
- but now she has returned, with a diary to sell that could blow the
rackets of the city wide open. Before you know it, she is shot dead in
nightclub owner Burke's (Douglas Fowley) office, and since Burke has taken
a powder, he is the logical murder suspect. But rather by accident,
Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) is in town with his number one son Lee (Keye
Luke), and he is not too sure about Burke's involvement,a nd when a second
man (Marc Lawrence), a man who has been following Billie from New York, is
found dead in Chan's room (where unbeknowest to anyone Billie has hidden
her diary), that opens up a whole new perspective on the case.
much to and fro that also involves Burke's return and proof of innocence,
another gangster (Leon ames) and a newspaper editor (J.Edward Bromberg), a
page of the diary is found that puts some blame on scoop-happy reporter
Speedy (Donald Woods), and when he insists its a fake (it is, Chan has
planted it), he gives his own game away, and reveals himself to be not
only the killer, but also the man pulling the strings of the New York
Joan Marsh plays Speedy's girlfriend who was unaware of his
illegal activities, Joan woodbury can be seen as Burke's moll.
entry into the Charlie Chan series that might be a bit
convoluted and confusing, but is also very well paced and keeps the
balance between the humour typical to the series and its serious mystery
plot just right. No masterpiece, sure, but a nice series-mystery.