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The Scarlet Clue (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 11 May 1945 (USA)
Charlie discovers a scheme for the theft of government radar plans while investigating several murders.

Director:

Phil Rosen

Writers:

George Callahan (original screenplay), Earl Derr Biggers (based on the character created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Ben Carter ... Ben Carter
Benson Fong ... Tommy Chan
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Marsh
Robert Homans ... Capt. Flynn (as Robert E. Homans)
Jack Norton ... Willie Rand
Janet Shaw ... Gloria Bayne
Helen Deverell Helen Deverell ... Diane Hall (as Helen Devereaux)
Victoria Faust Victoria Faust ... Hulda Swenson
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Storyline

Charlie Chan investigates the theft of government radar papers (the laboratory is located in the same building as a radio station!) with the help of Number Three Son Tommy and comic sidekick Birmingham Brown. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in the Scarlet Clue See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mantan Moreland and real-life nightclub partner Ben Carter (playing himself) recreate two of their nightclub routines. See more »

Goofs

Charlie tells the police chemist to blow the cigarette smoke into the beaker. It is not a beaker, but an Erlenmeyer flask the smoke is blown into it, while all are in the police laboratory. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: [after accidently bumping a passer-by] Oh, I beg your pardon.
Horace Karlos: Sir, to meet a gentleman who apologizes for bumping you in these days is a rare thing, indeed. He is either a coward or a gentleman. I give you credit for the latter.
[they both bow]
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Connections

Edited into Who Dunit Theater: The Scarlet Clue (2016) See more »

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Good mystery, run of the mill Chan
25 July 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

The mystery begins as Chan tracks a murderer across country to a radio/tv station. Once on the scene murder murders occur and Charlie, his son and Birmingham Brown almost meet their end in a rather novel way.

This reminds me of the great Frankie Darro/Mantan Moreland film Up in the Air which concerns murder in a radio station. That film moves better than this one in many ways since it never gets side tracked with the sleuthing of Number Three Son. Still this one has some novel twists in the means of murdering someone which keep this a watchable film.

I'm not entirely happy with the denouncement since events not long before it prove that the filmmakers were far from being fair.

Still for all its flaws its an enjoyable movie, especially with Moreland and his night club partner "not" saying anything

6 out of 10.


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