The Shanghai Cobra
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Something else is interesting, the record machine operator (Janet Warren) also makes note of Mr. Black and asks an unseen person in the dark if that was him.
Paula hurries outside in the rain to speak to Mr. Black. Suddenly, Mr. Black clutches his chest and collapses. A crowd of people gather and Paula says she will get help. Instead, she runs through the cafe and disappears.
They need the help of Charlie Chan.
Sidney Toler, Benson Fong and Mantan Moreland return.
This is Sidney Toler's 17th appearance as "Charlie Chan".
Also in the cast: Addison Richards, Arthur Loft, Gene Roth, Joe Devlin, Paul Newlan.
Interesting note: Could it be? Did this film invent the first cam device that shows up on a television screen on the wall? The Record Machine lady can see the people requesting music on the television screen by the cam in the machine.
Running Time: 64 minutes.
Charlie Chan in the Red Dragon (1945)
Charlie Chan in the Dark Alibi (1946)
Charlie Chan in the Shadows Over Chinatown (1946)
Charlie Chan in the Dangerous Money (1946)
Charlie Chan in the The Trap (1947)
Beginning with The Chinese Ring (1947), Roland Winters took over the role of "Charlie Chan" as Sidney Toler had passed away in 1947.
Roland Winters made 6 "Charlie Chan" movies.
The opening scene on a rainy night sets an atmospheric tone to this fun Chan entry, marked with humor, more action than usual, a pretty nifty little mystery, and some excellent sets which director Phil Karlson makes the most of. An interesting device of an unseen girl behind a diner jukebox occasionally gives the viewer a sense of watching an audience, watching a Charlie Chan film! It not only adds to the fun in the screenplay from George Callahan and George Wallace Sayre, but proves an integral part in solving the Cobra part of the mystery.
Nicely photographed by Vincent Farrar for Monogram, the opening sequence catches a woman following a man into a diner on a rainy night, and before it's over, the man will be the latest victim of a killer who dispatches his victims with cobra venom. The killings date all the way back to 1937 Shanghai, when Charlie brought in a suspect, only to lose him during Japanese bombings. Only Charlie, now working for the US Government, has ever seen him, so is quickly summoned to help. Adding fun to this quite serious task is Benson Fong as Charlie's son Tommy, and Mantan Moreland as Birmingham.
Chan is quite suspicious that all those murdered work for the same bank.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First time I saw Charlie Chan movies,since i was a kid, sixty years ago.. I bought a bunch of them. Just as good as ever...Published 12 months ago by Brian Lee Hart
Quite good, pretty well written but kinda similar to all the others.Published 16 months ago by Bill Towle
the dvd started playing ok, but half way started intermitting as the chinese cat.Published on July 8, 2014 by Thomas N.
i really enjoyed this film. love Sidney Toler as Chan. It also has increased my Charlie Chan collection.Need more to finish collectionPublished on June 15, 2014 by Colin W.
This was an almost unbelievable story of people being killed by Copra venom. The mysterious jukebox is to blame. Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by Nancy L McPherson
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