Murder over New York (1940)

Genres - Action, Mystery, Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Whodunit  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Murder Over New York finds Honolulu-based detective Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) arriving in the Big Apple for a policeman's convention. No sooner has he arrived than Charlie is up to his neck in a murder mystery. This time the killing is tied in with a gang of enemy saboteurs, bent upon scuttling the test flight of a revolutionary new bomber plane. With the "help" of willing but inept Number Two Son (Victor Sen Yung), Charlie wades through a sea of suspects to finger the genuine killer. Among the film's highlights is a very funny "line-up" bit by an uncredited Shemp Howard; its low point is a lamentable stretch of racist humor involving black actor Clarence Muse.

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investigation, agent [representative], bumbler, convention, detective, investigator, killing, poison, police, sabotage, son, urban