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Dead Men Tell (1941)

Dead Men Tell (1941)

Dead Men Tell





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In this episode from the popular detective series, Chan looks into the death of a strange old woman who was murdered right before she embarked upon a schooner to search for a lost family treasure worth $60 million. Chan scares up the killer who frightened the old lady to death by dressing up as the woman's ancestor, a pirate.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Francis Larkin
In Theaters:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Sidney Toler
as Charlie Chan
Sheila Ryan
as Kate Ransome
Robert Weldon
as Steve Daniels
Don Douglas
as Jed Thomasson
Victor Sen Yung
as Jimmy Chan
Donald Douglas
as Jed Thomasson
Kay Aldridge
as Laura Thursday
Paul McGrath
as Charles Thursday
George Reeves
as Bill Lydig
Truman Bradley
as Capt. Kane
Ethel Griffies
as Patience Nodbury
Lenita Lane
as Dr. Anne Bonney
Milton Parsons
as Gene La Farge
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Critic Reviews for Dead Men Tell

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It was entertaining to watch all the spookiness aboard the ship.

Full Review… | May 2, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Dead Men Tell


Difficulties can only be conquered by facing them.

Four different individuals with four parts of a map meet on a strange and eerie ship one night. A man turns up dead and Detective Chan and his son #1 and son #2 are on the case. They dwindle down their suspects and Detective Chan lets his son's take the lead on the investigation while making clever observances himself.

"Would like to know if you possess a wooden leg."

Harry Lachman, director of Dante's Inferno, Castle in the Desert, The Devil is Driving, Dressed to Thrill, No Time to Marry, and It Happened in Hollywood, delivers Dead Men Tell. The storyline for this picture is fun in a Sherlock Holmes kind of way with cool settings and characters. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Sidney Toler, Donald Douglas, Kay Aldridge, and George Reeves.

"Hello beautiful, where have you been?"

I saw the previews for this and DVR'd it off Movies!. This was fun to watch unfold but wasn't a movie I think everyone would like. It is a slow developing murder mystery. The movie is fun but just average overall.

"His impulse is always to run away from trouble."

Grade: C

Kevin Robbins

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