Tag Archives: Sidney Toler
Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940) Lynn Shores, Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, C. Henry Gordon, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
King of the Jungle (1933) H. Bruce Humberstone, Max Marcin, Buster Crabbe, Frances Dee, Sidney Toler, Action, Adventure
The Red Dragon (1945) Phil Rosen, Sidney Toler, Fortunio Bonanova, Benson Fong, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
The Shanghai Cobra (1945) Phil Karlson, Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Benson Fong, Comedy, Crime, Drama
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?
Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat (1944) Phil Rosen, Sidney Toler, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Thomas P. Manning, businessman and chess expert mysteriously shot in a locked room, dies clutching some chess pieces. Police are baffled, and finally abandon the case. Six months later, victim’s daughter Leah Manning, stung by a scurrilous book about the case, enlists the aid of Charlie Chan and Number 3 Son. Additional murders follow, leading to a climactic confrontation in a seemingly deserted “Fun House.”
Dangerous Money (1946) Terry O. Morse, Sidney Toler, Gloria Warren, Victor Sen Yung, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A treasury agent traveling aboard a ocean liner confides to fellow passenger Charlie Chan that he’s on the trail of a counterfeiting ring operating from the South Pacific and has survived two recent attempts on his life. Chan helps him avoid a third but is helpless to prevent a knife thrown in his back in the ship’s club room. Although the ship will be docking shortly in Samoa, Charlie is confident that he will unmask the killer before then. Among the suspects are an elitist reverend and his wife, a beautiful young woman traveling with forged papers, a shady loudmouth of a salesman, a larcenous ship’s steward, and a professional knife-thrower.
The Scarlet Clue (1945) Phil Rosen, Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
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.
Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944) Phil Rosen, Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Arthur Loft, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A scientist working on an important new invention which will protect Allied shipping from U-boat torpedoes has been assigned Secret Service security protection. Amazingly, despite the fact that his laboratory and experiments are located on the upper floor of his Washington mansion, he decides to host a cocktail party for friends on the first floor. Even though several of his guests are foreign nationals with shadowy pasts, he refuses to allow his bodyguards to attend because their presence might offend them. When he is killed by unknown means before joining them, the resultant summary investigation includes Honolulu detective Charlie Chan and children Tommy and Iris, later joined by Birmingham Brown, the chauffeur of one of the guests. When a preliminary autopsy reveals the scientist was electrocuted, Charlie and his associates must decide which of the suspects and red herrings is the guilty party.