The Shanghai Cobra (1945)

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     Monogram Pictures released The Shaghai Cobra (1945) in U.S. theaters on September 29, 1945.  Phil Karlson directed the film about a plot to break into a bank.  The bank vault contains the government’s stores of radium.      Set during World War II, the U.S. Government dispatches Inspector Charlie Chan, played by Sidney Toler, to prevent the theft

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Meeting at Midnight (1944)

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     Meeting at Midnight (1944), also known as Black Magic, was the third Charlie Chan film produced by Monogram Pictures.  Sidney Toler purchased the series from Twentieth-Century Fox, when they decided to cancel the series after Castle in the Desert (1942).  Toler portrays Inspector Charlie Chan for the fourteenth time in this film.      Inspector Chan intends to

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Sidney Toler in The Trap (1946)

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    The Trap (1946) is the last Charlie Chan film starring Sidney Toler as Inspector Chan.  The eleventh of eleven Charlie Chan films that Toler made for Monogram Pictures, it marks the return of Victor Sen Yung as “No. 2 Son Jimmy”.  Toler was deathly ill during the filming, so Jimmy and Birmingham Brown, played by Mantan Moreland, handle

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