The Scarlet Clue

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Though it isn't saying much, The Scarlet Clue is probably the best of Monogram's "Charlie Chan" mysteries. This time, oriental sleuth Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) and his bumbling assistants, son Tommy Chan (Benson Fong) and chauffeur Birmingham Brown (Mantan Moreland), search for a gang of spies who've stolen plans for a revolutionary new radar system. The trail of clues takes Chan and company to a television studio, where they confront such suspects as comedian/announcer Willie Rand (Jack Norton), leading lady Diane Hall (Helen Devereaux) and pompouse ex-horror star Horace Carlos (Leonard Mudie). The mystery itself is unimportant: The Scarlet Clue is highlighted by such bizarre touches as having veteran movie "souse" Jack Norton playing a female role on a daily soap-opera broadcast! And as usual, the film's duller stretches are enlivened by the stream-of-conscious ramblings of comedy relief Mantan Moreland.

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Sidney Toler
as Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland
as Birmingham Brown
Benson Fong
as Tommy Chan
Helen Devereaux
as Diane Hall
Helen Deveraux
as Diane Hall
Robert E. Homans
as Capt. Flynn
Virginia Brissac
as Mrs. Marsh
I. Stanford Jolley
as Ralph Brett
Reid Kilpatrick
as Wilbur Chester
Jack Norton
as Willie Rand
Charles Sherlock
as Sgt. McGraw
Janet Shaw
as Gloria Bayne
Milton Kibbee
as Herbert Sinclair
Victoria Faust
as Hulda Swenson
Leonard Mudie
as Horace Carlos
Kernan Cripps
as Detective
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  • Jul 09, 2008
    My first exploration of the Charlie Chan films, and it wasn't bad.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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