“Dangerous Money” (1946) starring Sidney Toler / Z-View

Dangerous Money (1946)

Director: Terry O. Morse

Screenplay: Miriam Kissinger, based on characters created by Earl Derr Biggers

Stars: Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, John Harmon, Dick Elliott, Tristram Coffin, Selmer Jackson and Dudley Dickerson


The Plot…

While traveling on an ocean liner Charlie Chan is approached by a Scott Pearson, a Treasury Agent.  Pearson is on a case involving counterfeit money and stolen art.  There have been two attempts on his life when Chan saves Pearson from a third!  When Pearson is later murdered, Chan is determined to find the killer.

Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…

Mantan Mooreland doesn’t appear in Dangerous Money.  Charlie Chan’s valet is now Chattanooga Brown (perhaps Birmingham’s nephew?), played by Willie Best. Chattanooga and Charlie Chan’s son make an interesting team, but I missed Mooreland.

Dangerous Money, like all Charlie Chan films, is a low-budget affair that runs just over an hour.  It gives us several likely suspects for the killer, with most folks getting it wrong.  Not Charlie Chan though.  That dude is like Columbo before there was a Columbo.

Dangerous Money earns 3 of 5 stars.