Murder over New York (1940)

65 mins | Drama | 13 December 1940

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Charlie Chan in New York. According to Fox publicity material contained in the AMPAS Library files, the studio changed the title in order to prevent the public from confusing this film with other Chan features. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and see Charlie Chan Carries On (above). ...

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The working title of this film was Charlie Chan in New York. According to Fox publicity material contained in the AMPAS Library files, the studio changed the title in order to prevent the public from confusing this film with other Chan features. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and see Charlie Chan Carries On (above).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 Dec 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
6 Dec 1940
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 1940
pp. 8-9
Hollywood Reporter
2 Dec 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
4 Dec 1940
p. 5
Motion Picture Herald
7 Dec 1940
p. 44
Variety
4 Dec 1940
p. 12
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Exec prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Virgil Miller
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Lewis Creber
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Joseph E. Aiken
Sd
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character "Charlie Chan" created by Earl Derr Biggers.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Charlie Chan in New York
Release Date:
13 December 1940
Production Date:
began mid Jul 1940
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
13 December 1940
LP10207
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6517
SYNOPSIS

En route to a police convention in New York, Charlie Chan meets his old friend, Hugh Drake, a British intelligence officer who is on the trail of Paul Narvo, the spy who has been sabotaging U.S. built bombers bound for England. At the airport in New York, Drake is met by his host, aircraft tycoon George Kirby, who invites Chan to a party he is giving for Drake. Later that night, Chan arrives at Kirby's party to find Drake murdered by a poison gas pellet. Aided by police inspector Vance, Chan interrogates the assembled guests: Herbert Fenton, Drake's old school friend; actress June Preston; stockbroker Richard Jeffrey; Ralph Percy, an aircraft designer; and Kirby's butler, Boggs. Learning little from the guests, Chan tracks down Narvo's ex-wife, Patricia Shaw, who explains that she fled from her husband and his sinister servant, Rumullah, upon learning that he was a spy. Chan also questions David Elliott, a chemist who visited Drake on the night of his death. After Chan's search for Rumullah ends in the servant's death and Kirby is found poisoned, Chan assembles all the suspects on the test flight of a bomber that is to be sabotaged by poison gas pellets. As the bomber descends to the level that will trigger the gas, Fenton grabs the hidden pellets, revealing himself to be involved in the plot. As the plane lands safely, however, Chan announces that Fenton is too old to be Narvo, and then cleaverly tricks the real Narvo, Dick Elliott, into exposing himself as the ...

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En route to a police convention in New York, Charlie Chan meets his old friend, Hugh Drake, a British intelligence officer who is on the trail of Paul Narvo, the spy who has been sabotaging U.S. built bombers bound for England. At the airport in New York, Drake is met by his host, aircraft tycoon George Kirby, who invites Chan to a party he is giving for Drake. Later that night, Chan arrives at Kirby's party to find Drake murdered by a poison gas pellet. Aided by police inspector Vance, Chan interrogates the assembled guests: Herbert Fenton, Drake's old school friend; actress June Preston; stockbroker Richard Jeffrey; Ralph Percy, an aircraft designer; and Kirby's butler, Boggs. Learning little from the guests, Chan tracks down Narvo's ex-wife, Patricia Shaw, who explains that she fled from her husband and his sinister servant, Rumullah, upon learning that he was a spy. Chan also questions David Elliott, a chemist who visited Drake on the night of his death. After Chan's search for Rumullah ends in the servant's death and Kirby is found poisoned, Chan assembles all the suspects on the test flight of a bomber that is to be sabotaged by poison gas pellets. As the bomber descends to the level that will trigger the gas, Fenton grabs the hidden pellets, revealing himself to be involved in the plot. As the plane lands safely, however, Chan announces that Fenton is too old to be Narvo, and then cleaverly tricks the real Narvo, Dick Elliott, into exposing himself as the spy.

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