Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)

Article 2406 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-28-2007
Posting Date: 3-14-2008
Directed by Norman Foster
Featuring Sidney Toler, Ricardo Cortez, Phyllis Brooks

When a woman is killed in a hotel in Reno, the suspect is a friend of Charlie Chan’s. Chan comes to Reno to investigate for himself and find the real killer.

This is another very enjoyable entry in the Charlie Chan series at Fox, and Sidney Toler is great in the part, as he was in all of the Fox entries in the series. The mystery itself is quite fun, with a number of interesting suspects, and a fun role for Slim Summerville as a sheriff named Tombstone who doubts Chan’s ability to solve the case. As in most of the Chan movies, the fantastic content is light, but it is there; in this case, the plot takes us to a spooky ghost town at one point, and though no ghosts appear, it does have a decent amount of horror ambiance. The cast also features Victor Sen Yung as Jimmy Chan, Eddie Collins as a talkative cabbie, and Dick-Tracy-to-be Morgan Conway.


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