Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- B for Blake 2022

- The Man in Room 6 2022

- Don't Fuck in the Woods 2 2022

- They Crawl Beneath 2022

- Frost 2022

- The Unburied 2020

- The Wild Man 2021

- Bandit 2022

- De Rombke-

- Mysterious Circumstance: The Death of Meriwether Lewis 2022

- The Tyro 2021

- Conjuring the Beyond 2022

- Gameboys: The Movie 2021

- Obsessions 2022

- Kingdom of the Dinosaurs 2022

- When the Screaming Starts 2021

- Blood Covered Chocolate 2022

- Amor Bandido 2021

- Surrogate 2022

- Greywood's Plot 2019

- That's Amor 2022

- Something in the Woods 2022

- Quint-essentially British 2022

- The Alternate 2021

- Slaughter Beach 2022

- The Retaliators 2021

- Mister Limbo 2021

- How Dark They Prey 2022

- Toxic Alien Zombie Babes from Outer Space 2022

- Extramundane 2022

- Of the Devil 2022

- Pig Killer 2022

- Pursuit of Freedom 2022

- Hey Bro 2022

- ReSet 2022

- PussyCake 2021

- Cult of VHS 2022

- Marionette 2020

- Zero Avenue 2021

- Woodstock: A Snapshot in Time 2022

- Family Survival 2021

- Party Hard 2020

- Pro God - Pro Gun 2022

- Out of the Blue 2022

- Here Be Dragons 2022

- Karaoke Night 2019

- Eternal 2020

- The Day After Halloween 2022

- Denkraum 2020

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Charlie Chan in the Secret Service

USA 1944
produced by
James S. Burkett, Philip N. Krasne for Monogram
directed by Phil Rosen
starring Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Arthur Loft, Gwen Kenyon, Lelah Tyler, Benson Fong, Marianne Quon, Sarah Edwards, George J.Lewis, Muni Seroff, Barry Bernard, Gene Roth, Eddie Chandler, John Elliott
written by George Callahan, based on characters by Earl Derr Biggers

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

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin



Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan



Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who


Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory



Flash Gordon


Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu





El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim


Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution


Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III


Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong


Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Philip Marlowe


Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes


Star Trek

Sukeban Deka



Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Stooges

Three Supermen


Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman




Scientist Melton (John Elliott) has developed a new torpedo & is thus put under strict surveillance by the gouvernment (World War II was still on back then, you know). But then he receives some guests for a cocktail party ... & dies, presumably of natural causes. The plans for his torpedo are gone, naturally ...

Soon the Secret Service sends his top investigator Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler), who soon finds himself steeping in suspects like eccentric housekeeper Mrs Hargue (Sarah Edwards), Arranto (George J.Lewis) - a disabled man who really can walk -, Vega (Gene Roth), who looks just too suspicious to have nothing to do with it, overly nervous Peter Laska (Muni Seroff), or naive Mrs Winters (Lelah Tyler). & then there's of course Chan's own number 3 son (Benson Fong) & number 2 daughter (Marianne Quon), as well as frightened delivery boy Birmingham (Mantan Moreland) to mess things up sufficiently.

But eventually, Charlie Chan can find out how Benton was killed anyhow - electrocution via remote control - & who was the only one in the house who had the knowledge to kill in such a manner ... Vega. But as soon as Vega is proved guilty, he is shot ... but noone in the room did fire a gun, as they all were in plain sight ...or was it yet another remote control ?

Of course it was, as Melton had a wide arraiy of antique guns on display in his living room, there was no trouble of hiding a real gun amidst them & fire it via remote control ... & the only one who had access to thisremote control ... was Mrs Winters, who turns out to be not only not as stupid as she looks, but in fact, she's a Nazi spy ... Well done Charlie Chan !


After 20th Century Fox had abandoned the series 2 years earlier (click here for Charlie Chan at Fox), this was the first Charlie Chan film by Monogram, with many of the studio's regulars (most notably Mantan Moreland) in cast & crew, & quite obviously done as a propaganda effort.

The film most certainly has its flaws, as it relies less on a stringent narrative than on fancy gadgets, remote controlled devices, an array of eccentric characters as suspects with the culprit in the end pulled out of the hat rather than found by deduction ... still it's hard to completely dislike the film (or most other films of the series), thanks to an entertaining regular supporting cast (most notably Mantan Moreland), odd pseudo-Chinese oneliners ("Detective without curiosity is like glass eye on keyhole ... no good !") & a well paced, if badly written script.

The politically correct mob will love to hate this one (& the whole series) though for presenting racial (not racist) stereotypes.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


Feeling lucky ?
Want to
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Charlie Chan in the Secret Service
at the amazons ...


Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)

Germany (East AND West)

Looking for imports ?
Find Charlie Chan in the Secret Service here ...

Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Charlie Chan in the Secret Service at

Thanks for watching !!!



Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner


Out now from




On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide


A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD