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  • Actors: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Edwin Luke, Hardie Albright, Frank Reicher
  • Directors: Phil Rosen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020X86G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Jade Mask" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Some families have reunionsthis one has alibis! In this thrilling 1945 endeavor, Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) finds himself at odds with an entire family, any one of whom could be a killer! "Helped" by his pseudo-intellectual Number Four Son (Edwin Luke) and his panicky assistant Birmingham Brown (Mantan Moreland), Charlie investigates the recent murder of a brilliant but much-loathed scientist (Frank Reicher) who invented a gas that makes wood as strong as steel. But the investigation is anything but elementary, as Charlie sleuths his way through suspicious scientists, sultry sisters, a silent cousin and a butler with a very stiff upper lip!

Customer Reviews

My wife loves it.
F. Vaisvil
Unlike most Chan films, however, the ending was unsatisfying and bit unrealistic.
Craig Connell
Charlie Chan had a series of dectective movies and were fun to see.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marc Capralis on August 22, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of my favorite Chan films from Monogram studios. The opening resembles a Monogram horror movie with spooky music at the foggy, eerie Harper estate. This film introduces Chan's Number 4 son Eddie, a pseudo-intellectual played by Edwin Luke, brother of Keye Luke. This was his only appearance in a Charlie Chan movie. Chan is assisted by the self-deprecating, hayseed Sheriff Mack. Their collaboration makes this Chan entry more interesting than some others. The murder mystery holds your interest and keeps you guessing all through the film. The comic, Mantan Moreland as Birmingham has some funny material here, and I find the ending of this film with the hayseed sheriff and Birmingham one of the funniest endings to a film I have ever seen! Chan's classic saying here is "Murder know no law of relativity". Strongly recommended for Chan fans!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott MacGillivray VINE VOICE on February 7, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the low-budget "Charlie Chan" mysteries produced by Monogram Pictures. This time the murder victim (more precisely, the first of several victims!) is a scientist that everyone has good reason to hate. Chan steps in on the government's behalf to solve the mystery of how "dead men walk." Some decent performances (Mantan Moreland, Frank Reicher, Hardie Albright, and especially Alan Bridge as the hayseed sheriff), but the characters aren't as colorful, the direction not as brisk, and Charlie's inquisitive offspring not as engaging as usual. The mystery will definitely keep you guessing, however. This and star Sidney Toler are the main assets.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2006
Format: DVD
Loosely based on novels by Earl Derr Biggers, 20th Century Fox's Charlie Chan series proved an audience favorite--but when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor the studio feared audiences would turn against its Asian hero. This was a miscalculation: actor Sidney Toler took the role to "poverty row" Monogram Studios, where he continued to portray the character in eleven more films made between 1944 and his death in 1947.

20th Century Fox had regarded the Chan films as inexpensive "B" movies, but even so the studio took considerable care with them: the plots were often silly, but the pace was sharp, the dialogue witty, and the casts (which featured the likes of Bela Lugosi and Ray Milland) always expert. The result was a kindly charm which has stood the test of time. Monogram was a different matter: Chan films were "B" movies plain and simple. Little care was taken with scripts or cast and resulting films were flat, usually mediocre at best, virtually unwatchable at worst.

Released in 1945, THE JADE MASK is one of the very few Monograms that approaches the quality level of the 20th Century Fox series. This largely due to the expert cast and witty script, both of which are a bit unusual for Monogram. In this particular tale, Chan--who now works for the government during World War II--is called upon to investigate the murder of a scientist working with potentially beneficial but distinctly deadly gasses. Sidney Toler's Chan is always enjoyable, and he is aided in this by the local sheriff (Alan Bridge, who has the best lines in the film) and the inevitable Birmingham Brown (Mantan Moreland.)

Fans of the 20th Century Fox series are likely to find Monogram's Chan a significant disappointment and newcomers who like the Monogram films will probably consider them third-rate after encountering the Fox films. Even so, THE JADE MASK is unexpectly good, and I think most Chan fans will find it enjoyable.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Doherty on June 26, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
THE JADE MASK is a fairly good Chan film with a plot about a diabolical genius who is trying to interrupt the Amarican war effort through a series of murders, including that of a key scientist.Chan is played by Sidney Toler and he is joined by Edwin Luke as Eddie Chan, the number three son.The cast also includes the talented comic Manton Moreland as well as Janet Warren and Edith Evanson.

The movie was produced by James S. Burkett and directed by Phil Rosen. George Callahan wrote the screenplay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Thurlow TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2008
Format: DVD
1945's "The Jade Mask" is a better-than-average Charlie Chan mystery, featuring Sidney Toler as the famous Honolulu detective, on duty with the Secret Service for the war. Chan is assisted by Number Four Son Edward (Edwin Luke) and Driver Birmingham Brown (Mantan Moreland), who provide comic relief when not tripping over clues.

The story opens in the laboratory of a paranoid scientist named Harper, who is working on a secret formula for the war effort, one that will make wood as hard as steel. Harper is so concerned that his formula may be stolen that he stores it in a vault rigged to become a death trap for the unwary. When Harper goes missing in his own house, the police investigation turns up a household full of suspects in the persons of his lab assistant, sister, niece, butler, housekeeper, and mute driver. To add to the mystery, a policeman is also missing somewhere on the grounds.

Charlie Chan is called in to assist the local sheriff, who is humorously out of his depth. As Chan and his assistants turn up clues, people in the house keep dying. A key witness dies on one floor but is seen watching on another. A primitive dictaphone and a portion of a life mask end up being the keys to identify the murderer or murderer.

The plot of "The Jade Mask" is genuinely suspenseful. The early introduction of the secret and deadly vault alerts viewers that, sooner or later, someone will be trapped inside it. The solution to the mystery is perhaps slightly far-fetched, but it should keep viewers guessing to the end. This episode is highly recommended to fans of the Charlie Chan series.
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