Charlie Chan's Secret

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Charlie Chan's Secret
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Directed by Gordon Wiles
Written by Robert Ellis
Helen Logan
Joseph Hoffman
Based on Charlie Chan by Earl Derr Biggers
Produced by John Stone
Sol M. Wurtzel
Starring Warner Oland
Henrietta Crosman
Rosina Lawrence
Cinematography Rudolph Mate
Edited by Nick DeMaggio
Music by Samuel Kaylin
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • January 10, 1936 (1936-01-10)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States
Charlie Chan's Secret

Charlie Chan's Secret is a 1936 American mystery film directed by Gordon Wiles and starring Warner Oland, Henrietta Crosman and Rosina Lawrence. It is the tenth film in Fox's Charlie Chan series featuring Oland as the detective.



Charlie Chan has been investigating the whereabouts of Allen Colby, heir to a vast fortune. He recently made contact with his relations in San Francisco - his Aunt Henrietta Colby Lowell, her daughters Alice and Janice, and Janice's husband, Fred. The story opens as Allen is traced to a ship that has sunk, but it cannot be confirmed that he is dead. On the contrary, evidence is found that someone is trying to kill him to prevent his return to San Francisco to claim the estate.

Allen arrives at Colby House and is promptly murdered. His body is revealed in the course of a seance conducted that evening at Colby House with Chan in attendance. He is an old friend of Mrs Lowell; who, like her late brother, is a devout believer in psychic research. She has retained the services of Professor Bowen and his wife, Carlotta, who is a medium. Someone subsequently attempts to kill Mrs Lowell and eventually appears to succeed. The truth is revealed in another seance, at which the murderer makes a foolish mistake.

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The film is the public domain due to the omission of a valid copyright notice on original prints.

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