Charlie Chan in the Secret Service
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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.Read more ›
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Tjis movie is short, funny, and interesting. It is just plain fun to watch.Published 1 month ago by Edward Shipley
More people in the world today should look to Charlie Chans polite but direct mannerisms. Being polite and genuine can still get the job done!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Picture quality was poor....dark and grainy......sound was ok......Very disappointed!Published 4 months ago by bankerlu
Just an awesome movie to watch on a cold rainy Sunday!Published 4 months ago by Arthur elwood1369Elwood
Classic Charlie Chan mystery form kinder, gentler time. In all great fun.Published 4 months ago by satisfied customer
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