Charlie Chan's Secret

Charlie Chan's Secret is the tenth Fox-produced film in the Charlie Chan series with Warner Oland as the detective.

Charlie Chan's Secret
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Directed byGordon Wiles
Produced byJohn Stone
Written byRobert Ellis
StarringWarner Oland
Music bySamuel Kaylin
CinematographyRudolph Mate
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • January 10, 1936 (1936-01-10)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States
Charlie Chan's Secret


Alan Colby, heir to a vast fortune, reappears after a seven-year absence, only to be murdered before he can claim his inheritance. The Lowells have been living off the Colby fortune, and now someone is trying to kill Henrietta Lowell, matriarch of the family. Among the suspects are:

  • Fred and Janice Gage, who live off the Lowell (Colby) fortune, which would have gone to Alan Colby, the murdered man
  • Prof. Bowen, who is paid handsomely by the Lowells for his valuable psychic research
  • Mr. Phelps, the executor of the Lowell estate
  • Ulrich, the caretaker who had a longstanding grudge against Alan Colby
  • Henrietta Lowell, the aunt of Alan Colby who wants to continue psychic research.

Charlie Chan is called to investigate the murder. Clues include a clock deliberately set to the wrong time, secret passageways in the old house, the medieval dagger used to commit the murder, and a rifle rigged to fire by itself.



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

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