Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944)





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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.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Philip N. Krasne Productions

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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
Muni Seroff
as Peter Laska
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Hargue
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Critic Reviews for Charlie Chan in the Secret Service

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A fairly entertaining Charlie Chan...

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Charlie Chan in the Secret Service


A detective without curiosity is like a glass eye and key good. Charlie Chan is an agent for the secret service that hoped to go on a trip with his children when a huge case falls in his lap. He needs to solve a murder of another agent and his children find him in the field. Chan and his family work together to solve the case. "Did Confucius say that, pop?" "No. I say that." Phil Rosen, director of Call of the Jungle, the Jade Mask, Spooks Run Wild, Paper Bullets, Murder by Invitation, the Deadly Game, and Phantom of Chinatown, delivers Charlie Chan in The Secret Service. The storyline for this picture is classic murder mystery with witty one-liners and some entertaining character interactions. The cast delivers entertaining performances and includes Sidney Toller, Mantan Moreland, Benson Fong, and George Lewis. "Mr. Chang, what are they saying?" "All Chinese to me." I recently found this on Netflix and added it to my wish list. This was entertaining and fun to watch unfold. There is a lot of cliché comedy in this, but I still laughed here and there. This is only worth seeing if you are a fan of the classics. "Always someone trying to stick fly in ointment." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Better than average Charlie Chan entry to the film series. Montan Moreland is great. Good story. Short, sweet and always interesting.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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