Charlie Chan’s Secret (1936) [Crime] [Comedy]

Alan Colby, heir to a vast fortune, reappears after a seven year absence, only to be murdered before he can claim his inheritance. The Lowells have been living off the Colby fortune, and now someone is trying to kill Henrietta Lowell, matriarch of the family. Among the suspects are: Fred and Janice Gage, who live off the Lowell (Colby) fortune, which would have gone to Alan Colby, the murdered man; Prof. Bowen, who is paid handsomely by the Lowells for his valuable psychic research; Mr. Phelps, the executor of the Lowell estate; Ulrich, who had a longstanding grudge against Alan Colby; Henrietta Lowell, who wants to continue psychic research …

Directed by Gordon Wiles, produced by John Stone, written by Robert Ellis, starring Warner Oland as Charlie Chan, Rosina Lawrence as Alice Lowell, Charles Quigley as Dick Williams (Alice’s fiancĂ©), Henrietta Crosman as Henrietta Lowell (Alan Colby’s aunt), Edward Trevor as Fred Gage (Henrietta’s son-in-law), Astrid Allwyn as Janice Gage (Henrietta’s daughter), Herbert Mundin as Baxter the butler (who provides comic relief throughout the film), Jonathan Hale as Warren Phelps (the Lowells’ lawyer), Egon Brecher as Ulrich (caretaker
Jerry Miley as Allen Colby, the murdered heir), Arthur Edmund Carewe as Prof. Bowen (the Lowells’ psychic researcher), Gloria Roy as Carlotta (medium, Mrs. Bowen) and Ivan Miller as Morton (police inspector).

Source: “Charlie Chan’s Secret” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 18 March 2013. Web. 8 April 2013.

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