Charlie Chan's Secret
San Francisco is the scene of Chan's newest and most baffling mystery!
Allen Colby, heir to a huge fortune, is presumed drowned after an ocean liner sinks off the coast of Honolulu. Mysteriously, Colby reappears at his mansion only to be murdered soon after. When his body is discovered during a seance, everyone in attendance becomes a suspect, and it's up to Chan to find the murderer before he or she strikes again.
"Strange house has more than one skeleton in closet." Words of wisdom from Warner Oland in his tenth outing as the famous detective Charlie Chan. A decent mystery with elements of the "Old Dark House" genre. Set design owes much to the German expressionist movement. The Colby House with its slanted walls and doorways, visible beams, feels straight out of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and adds much to the atmosphere of the film.
Fun mystery movie with decent story.
Enjoyable old dark house mystery erupts when a wealthy heir thought missing is discovered dead of a knife wound in his family house. More great fun involves secret passages, phony mediums, sliding panels and an elaborate rifle set up in a clock tower. Character actor Herbert Mundin provides nice comedy relief as Charlie’s sidekick.