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The Jade Mask (1945)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 26 January 1945 (USA)
Eccentric scientist Harper lives in a spooky mansion with all the trimmings: hidden lab, secret panels, inscrutable butler, and greedy relatives with unusual talents. When Harper seems to ... See full summary »

Director:

Phil Rosen

Writers:

George Callahan (original screenplay), Earl Derr Biggers (character)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Edwin Luke Edwin Luke ... Eddie Chan
Hardie Albright ... Walter Meeker
Frank Reicher ... Harper
Janet Warren ... Jean Kent
Cyril Delevanti ... Roth
Al Bridge ... Sheriff Mack (as Alan Bridge)
Ralph Lewis Ralph Lewis ... Officer Jim Kimball
Dorothy Granger ... Stella Graham
Edith Evanson ... Louise Harper
Joe Whitehead Joe Whitehead ... Dr. Samuel R. Peabody
Henry Hall ... Inspector Godfrey
Jack Ingram ... Lloyd Archer
Danny Desmond Danny Desmond ... Bellboy
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Eccentric scientist Harper lives in a spooky mansion with all the trimmings: hidden lab, secret panels, inscrutable butler, and greedy relatives with unusual talents. When Harper seems to be murdered, Charlie Chan (with the uninvited help of No. 4 son) tries to answer such questions as Where's the body? How can a dead man walk? And how can a secret murder be done in full view of detectives and witnesses? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A MYSTERY MANSION...Where death lurks in every dark corner and a mad genius runs loose! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in the Jade Mask 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The thirty-seventh of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

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Shadow of moving microphone on drapes at the 38:05 mark with Eddie and Birmingham talking. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Chan: You see? That's the way to solve crime. Fast work and especially fast questioning.
Birmingham Brown: If anybody want to live around here they got to do some fast runnin'.
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not one of my favorite Chans
22 July 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"The Jade Mask" was made in 1945 and, as was often the case during the war years Charlie Chan movies, there's a McGuffin, some formula or process that will help the war effort. Here, the nutty inventor is paranoid about security so no one in his household knows anything. When he's killed, Chan is brought in, his number four son (Edwin Luke) dragging along behind him.

This film moves slowly, but is brightened by some good dialogue from Sidney Toler and Mantan Moreland, who was always a riot. I know his is a stereotyped character in a way, but in another way, it isn't, as he is treated as an equal by Chan. Frankly without Moreland, a good many of these films would be very boring.


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