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Charlie Chan in Shanghai

USA 1935
produced by
Fox Film
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

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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.

 

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