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Charlie Chan in the Secret Service

4.3 out of 5 stars 195 customer reviews

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The World War II years, filled with espionage and spies of all sorts, were perfect for the foibles of Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler). And in his 1944 venture, America's Number One Chinese detective is enlisted by the Secret Service to find the person who murdered the inventor of a top-secret device. Charlie takes his time as he investigates the case of a scientist murdered for devising a wayto protect US forces from German U-boats. Bedeviled by a gaggle of eccentrics, his nervous assistant (Mantan Moreland) and his exuberantly in-the-way offspring (Benson Fong and Marianne Quon),Charlie must decide which of a houseful of guests is actually the plan-purloining Master Spy!

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  • Actors: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Arthur Loft, Gwen Kenyon, Sarah Edwards
  • Directors: Phil Rosen
  • Writers: Earl Derr Biggers, George Callahan
  • Producers: James S. Burkett, Philip N. Krasne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • 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
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020X85W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,180 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Charlie Chan in the Secret Service" on IMDb

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By Isaac Laughhunn on March 16, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
"Charlie Chan in The Secret Service" was my first Chan movie. I was impressed with it. My only complaint was the scene in which Chan is riding to the mansion that the inventor was killed in, and is walking up to the mansion. Loud, blaring, music is played during this scene as if there was a fight scene going on or something. But it is apparent that Toler is trying to create interest in this new first Monogram outing, and it pays off. The low budget is futile to complain about, because the budget for the Monogram pictures never increases at any point in time. Critics should judge the Monogram Chans and state their opinion according to if they did the best job they could with the lower budget. Simply complaining about the low budget doesn't cut it, because the Monogram Chans ALL have a low budget. But if their resources are used in the best way, it can still be a good movie, low budget or not.I thought it was a good mystery that was not muddled or confusing. I would give them a thumbs up for doing their best to have a good movie. The Fox Chans were a hard act to follow, but quite a few times, Monogram did very well, lower budget and all. Of course, Benson Fong did not have the effect that the other two previous sons had, but he did well, I thought. Marianne Quon as Iris Chan works well off Benson Fong, but is only seen in this one movie. And of course, Mantan Moreland as Birmingham makes his first appearance as well, and continued throughout the series(with the exception of "The Red Dragon" and "Dangerous Money".)Of course, this movie is not "Citizen Kane", but is worth viewing.
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The first of low-budget Monogram Pictures' Charlie Chan mysteries has some flaws, but was successful enough to give the series a new lease on life. Chan investigates the murder of a scientist and the disappearance of secret plans. The film is too stagey; most of the mystery is talked out in ensemble scenes, with a minimum of action. Mantan Moreland (billed second) is a plus, Marianne Quon (as Chan's daughter) is a minus, because she doesn't deliver dialogue convincingly. The underscoring is laughable, with much-too-dramatic music blaring when nothing exciting is happening. The tape's picture and sound are excellent. Okay for Chan fans and B-movie buffs, but if you don't know the Monogram Chans, try "The Shanghai Cobra" or "The Scarlet Clue" instead.
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Sidney Toler returns as detective Charlie Chan in this Monogram picture after being dropped from 20th Century Fox in 1942. Monogram was known as the king of the "B" movies. This film introduces Benson Fong as Number 3 son, Tommy, and Marianne Quon as Number 2 daughter, Iris. It also introduces the comedian Mantan Moreland who would continue to play the role of Birmingham Brown in most of the Monogram Chan films. Some politically correct types might criticize Moreland as being a black stereotype, but, to me, he adds a refreshing touch of humor to these films. His material in this film is rather weak, but would get better in later films. In one scene, Tommy and Iris start talking to Chan in jive talk. Chan says "Could please speak English?" Tommy replies "Yeah Pop! We're hep cats of the younger generation! You're Confucius. I'm Confucius Jr.!" The classic Chan line in this film is "Detective without curiosity like glass eye at keyhole---no good!"
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In the history of movie making this production is low budget with stereo typical one-sided characters and a predictable plot with no redeeming visual artistry. However, it’s a genre – a Charlie Chan mystery, and as such is a film with a known cast of endearing characters, a mystery one can watch without engaging too many brain cells, and full of chuckles.

Sydney Toler is not my favorite Chan, I prefer the gentler, kinder Warner Oland role, who does not put down his son all the time, and does not make sexist remarks to his daughter continuously. Warner was an endearing man in the role, and Sydney needs to allow his children to grow not verbally whack them each time they show enterprise.

Mantan Moreland plays Birmingham Brown superbly. In real life he had a thyroid problem which gave him the bulging eyes, which he uses to good effect. In his day and time, for a short, stubby black man with bulging eyes to get a recurring movie role says a lot about his acting talents and tenacity. One of my favorite Chan characters and always fills the screen with chuckles or outright laughter. In fact, he dominates the screen with his engaging personality, and in later Chan movies perfected a stand up comic routine with a fast verbal volley.

Like all movies of this era, its a black and white film with dramatic lighting often too dim to see well, with low budget sets, but it feels like theater with larger than life personalities entering and exiting the stage. Sound effects are third rate, but again, they add to the vintage effect of theatrical lighting.

Charlie Chan movies are not politically correct and racist views of the day are freely bandied about. This can be seen as shockingly racist, however, in a true comedy construction, all characters have to be equal.
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