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Charlie Chan: Dark Alibi

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It’s just common sense: when you want to cast Sherlock Holmes, you scope out the actors in London’s West End. And when you want to cast a famous Chinese detective, you get a guy from Missouri.

Sidney Toler stars as Charlie Chan in a performance that Mickey Rooney called “way too subtle.” Dispensing Eastern wisdom that’s as authentically ancient as a Calgon ad, he’s called into action when a bank robbery leaves a man dead and thus unable to take advantage of low, low rates on financing. In order to bring a falsely accused man to justice, Charlie must infiltrate the jail where he’s being held, which results in what we can confidently say is the most exciting scene ever set inside a prison hay baling shed. 

Charlie Chan once got nice with Ad-Rock, but now it’s Mike, Kevin, and Bill’s turn. Join them for Charlie Chan: Dark Alibi!

Written By: Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, Conor Lastowka, Sean Thomason, Jason Miller, Zachary Shatzer

Rated PG for smoking and 1940s racial stereotypes.

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Poster art by Bob Fingerman
Poster art by Bob Fingerman

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Release date

July 7, 2023


55 minutes
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