When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.
Victor Sen Yung
I've been critical of the lame comedy of Mantan Moreland in this series but dear lord I never wanted to see him replaced by Willie Best! Yet here we are with Best playing Chattanooga Brown, cousin to Moreland's Birmingham. Willie Best, for those of you who don't know, was a black actor famous for his stereotypical characters that were always lazy, cowardly, and stupid. It's pretty offensive, even if you aren't politically correct.
Putting the Chattanooga crap aside, the rest of the movie is a fairly ordinary Charlie Chan Monogram film. The plot's about Charlie going to Mexico over some stolen atomic bomb formula or something. Anyway, there are some murders and he must investigate with Inspector Luis Carvero. Carvero is played by actor Fortunio Bonanova and yes, his name is awesome. Benson Fong also returns as "Number Three Son" Tommy. He's still worthless. I can't recommend this one unless you're a die-hard Charlie Chan fan. It's fairly terrible. Sadly, the series would just get worse.
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