Charlie Chan in the Secret Service

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Having ended its 11-year run at 20th Century-Fox, the "Charlie Chan" series set up shop at Monogram with the singularly uninspiring Charlie Chan in the Secret Service. Sidney Toler returns as the famed oriental detective, who, per the title, is now a government agent. His first assignment is to solve the murder of an inventor and recover the victim's secret plans. Two reels into the picture, all action grinds to a halt as Chan wearily interrogates the suspects. The identity of the murderer might have caught some filmgoers by surprise in 1944, but seasoned mystery fans will beon to the game the minute the culprit is introduced. The one saving grace of Charlie Chan in the Secret Service is the stereotypical but undeniably funny comedy relief of Mantan Moreland, making his first appearance as pop-eyed chauffeur Birmingham Brown.

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Sidney Toler
as Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland
as Birmingham Brown
Benson Fong
as Tommy Chan
Gwen Kenyon
as Inez Arranto
Arthur Loft
as Inspector Jones, Secret Service
Marianne Quon
as Iris Chan
Lelah Tyler
as Mrs. Winters
Gene Roth
as Luis Philipe Vega
Eddy Chandler
as Lewis, Secret Service
George J. Lewis
as Paul Arranto
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Hargue
Muni Seroff
as Peter Laska
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Audience Reviews for Charlie Chan in the Secret Service

  • Mar 07, 2019
    Pretending to be a mystery thriller (hey, it's Charlie Chan!), relax, it's more like a comedy with the obligatory murders actually being additional jokes thrown in to mystify and confuse you. Okay, okay, yes the piece is not only racist, but that's where most of the yuks come from. Nonetheless, your grandma and grandad's chuckles still have some life to them.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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