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The Trap (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 30 November 1946 (USA)
When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Writers:

Earl Derr Biggers (based on the character created by), Miriam Kissinger (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Victor Sen Yung ... Jimmy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Tanis Chandler ... Adelaide
Larry J. Blake ... Rick Daniels (as Larry Blake)
Kirk Alyn ... Police Sgt. Reynolds
Rita Quigley ... Clementine
Anne Nagel ... Marcia
Helen Gerald Helen Gerald ... Ruby
Howard Negley ... Cole King
Lois Austin Lois Austin ... Mrs. Thorn
Barbara Jean Wong Barbara Jean Wong ... San Toy
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. Weebles
Margaret Brayton Margaret Brayton ... Madge Mudge
Bettie Best Bettie Best ... Winifred
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When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.

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Chan hunts the weirdest killer of his career! (original poster) See more »


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Trivia

This was Sidney Toler's final film. Stricken with cancer during his last few films, he was so physically weak during shooting that he could hardly walk or say his lines coherently. See more »

Goofs

Birmingham barely touches pen to pad when he is trying to write down an address. Later, Jimmy clearly reads the address on the pad. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: She may have overheard something of importance, but I will question her later.
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Connections

Follows Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935) See more »

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Full Throttle plunge into mediocrity
19 May 2005 | by tamstratSee all my reviews

I am a huge Charlie Chan fan, but this movie is sadly scraping the bottom of the barrel. Sidney Toler (my personal favorite Charlie Chan) was dying of cancer while making this movie which may account for his lackluster performance, so he can be forgiven, but the other actors, what was their excuse? The movie is uninspired on all levels, and even good old Mantan Moreland can't save this clinker. The movie is set at a rented beach house. Some showgirls are staying there, and they all suspect each other of the murders. It's up to Charlie to save the day.Monogram pictures were always on a shoestring budget and sadly, in this entry to the long running Chan series it is evident. A sad end to Sidney Toler's run as Charlie Chan.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in the Trap See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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