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-
komber
2022

- 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

Shadows over Chinatown

USA 1946
produced by
James S. Burkett for Monogram
directed by Terry O. Morse
starring Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung, Tanis Chandler, John Gallaudet, Paul Bryar, Bruce Kellogg, Al Bridge, Mary Gordon, Dorothy Granger, Jack Norton, George Eldredge, Tyra Vaughn, Lyle Latell, Mira McKinney, Harry Depp, Gladys Blake, James B. Leong, Kit Carson, John Hamilton, Charles Jordan
screenplay by Raymond L. Schrock, 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

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Deerslayer

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Philip Marlowe

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Stooges

Three Supermen

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!


Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler), his son Jimmy (Victor Sen Yung) and his driver Birmingham Brown (Mantan Moreland) drive to San Francisco by bus to help the police in a gruesome murder case, in which only the torso of the (female) was found. On the bus, Charlie meets Mrs Conover (Mary Gordon), who fears the torso is that of her granddaughter, Mary (Tanis Chandler), who has gone missing several weeks ago, and Charlie promises to help finding her, as he doesn't believe her disappearance and the torso are related. Also, Charlie is shot at at a stopover but survives.

At the missing persons bureau, Charlie spots a person that acts mighty suspicious, deserted arny Corporal Joe Thompson (Bruce Kellogg), only to find out he's Mary's boyfriend trying to find her. Plus he meets private eye Jeff Hay (John Gallaudet), who's a bit too keen on helping with the case.

Soon, Charlie can verify that the torso is indeed not Mary's, but figures a former escort girl must have been the victim, one who was involved in an inheritance scam scheme ... and who has worked for the same company as Mary did. Charlie also finds out to his surprise that a waitress at the hotel he's staying is actually Mary, but then Mary runs in with an old gangster acquaintance of hers, Mike Rogan (Paul Ryan), and she makes a hasty getaway ... and when Charlie and company try to track her down, they eventually stumble over Rogan's dead body. Mary is eventually picked up by the police though, and when she's reunited with her lover and her grandmother she reveals the whole inheritance scam the escort agency she worked for has run, and she confirms that the girl Charlie suspected to be is actually the torso victim. Charlie decides to use her as bait to lure out the brains of the organisation out into the open ... but with the trap all set, private investigator Hay messes everything up by just trying to be helpful - but when Charlie and company try to reset their trap, Mary disappears, and Charlie receives news that Hay is actually the head of the agency and thus the brain of the whole operation. But it doesn't take Charlie long to track him down and overcome him before he can do any harm to Mary.

 

Shadows Over Chinatown is by no means a remarkable film ... but it's a fun entry into the Charlie Chan series that might (like most films of the series, actually) not be based on the most ingenious of scripts - it's too over-convoluted and doesn't always make sense -, but it profits from a very light-footed approach, a good ensemble cast, some great comedy from Mantan Moreland, and a directorial approach that actually does show inspiration at times.

So yeah, maybe no piece of art, not even a genre classic, but an entertaining exercise in formula filmmaking.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Shadows over Chinatown
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Shadows over Chinatown here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

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

x-rated  find Shadows over Chinatown at adultvideouniverse.com


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
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

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
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

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

out now on DVD