Charlie Chan in London

Synopsis: After receiving congratulations from the Home Secretary for solving his most recent case, Charlie is sought out by Pamela Gray, a beautiful but desperate young socialite whose brother Paul awaits execution for the murder of a weapons inventor. She is so convinced of his innocence that she becomes distraught when she overhears Neil Howard, her brother's lawyer and her fiancee, confide to the detective his belief in his client's guilt. Angered at this disclosure, she returns his ring and breaks off the engagement. Although the execution will take place in 65 hours, Charlie pledges to expose the murderer. All potential suspects are reassembled in the country mansion of family friend Geoffrey Richmond, where the murder took place, as Charlie tries to expose the real murderer before time runs out.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Eugene Forde
Production: Fox Film Corporation
79 min

- That's got you.

- Let's have a look here.

Perhaps you've got me,

perhaps you ain't.

- What's that?

- Don't know, I'm sure.

It's your sister.

The petition,

have you heard yet?

It- It was rejected.

Well, that's that.

Paul. Paul, listen to me.

You can't give up hope.

- I haven't.

- Oh, what's the use?

- Listen. Geoffrey Richmond has arranged-

- What can he do?

He's been our best friend

through all this horrible time.

Now he's arranged for me

to meet the home secretary today.

Don't you see how different it will be

to talk to them personally?

I'll make them see

that they can't-

I'm an ungrateful devil.

I hope she won't

be much longer.

We've got to be at

the home secretary's office by 12:30.

I don't think it'll do

much good, Richmond...

though it was decent of you

to arrange the interview.

- How is he?

- I think he's a little more hopeful now.

- Shouldn't we be starting?

- Yes, we can just do it.

Miss Gray, every particle

of evidence in this case...

has been thoroughly sifted...

finally before the court of appeal.

There is therefore nothing

that can be done to help your brother.

You must understand that in this matter

I am merely the mouthpiece of the state.

But we're supposed

to be civilized.

Surely there must be some way of

stopping the state from committing murder.

State? Murder?

Isn't it murder if the state

kills an innocent man?

Miss Gray, your brother has been

tried and found guilty.

The court of appeal sustained

the original verdict...

and a petition for reprieve

has been rejected.

There is absolutely

nothing to be done.

The law must take

its course.

I- I've every sympathy,

of course, for you.

- Here, Miss Gray, drink this.

- Let me have that.

Thank you.

I'm all right now.

I hope everyone will forgive me

for behaving like this.

Hadn't you better

rest longer, Miss Gray?

No, thank you.

I'm perfectly all right.

- Will you take me home now, Neil?

- You sure you're all right, dear?

Yes. Only ashamed of myself.

May I lend you my car?

No, thank you.

Neil will drive me.

- Thank you again.

- I wish I could do something that would really help.

Oh, you've been wonderful,


Oh, Mr. Kemp, was that Gray's sister

who just went out with those gentlemen?

- Yes. Poor child.

- Fancy such a sweet girl like that...

having such a fiend

for a brother.

That dreadful knife.

They say the head was almost

severed from the body.

That will do,

Miss Judson.

You know, I have the most curious

feeling about the Gray case.

- Really, Mr. Kemp?

- That poor child's faith makes me wonder...

whether, in spite of all the evidence,

there could have been a mistake.

I wish that I had

the power to help her.

Yes, Sir Lionel.

- Close the Barstow files today.

- Yes, sir.

Has Inspector Chan arrived?

No, sir, Mr. Chan is not here yet.

- Excuse, please. Observe humble presence.

- Oh, I beg your pardon.

Sir Lionel,

Mr. Chan has just come in.

- Show him in at once.

- Certainly, Sir Lionel.

I'm sorry. I'm afraid

I didn't hear you come in.

Excuse silent movement.

Habit of profession.

Yes. If you will come with me,

the home secretary will see you immediately.

Thank you so much.

Inspector Chan, Sir Lionel.

Was that the Chinese detective who caught

Barstow in Honolulu and brought him over here?

Yes, a wonderful piece

of detective work.

The British government, Mr. Chan,

is therefore very deeply indebted to you.

Much honored to be

of humble service to British lion.

It's remarkable, Mr. Chan,

how you ever suspected Barstow.

He puts up

an excellent front.

Front seldom tell truth.

To know occupants of house,

always look in backyard.

- Provided there is one.

- Excuse.

Every front has back...

and little things tell big story,

even in this room.

Why, what do you mean?

Today you have had most

distressing interview...

with lady.

Much disturbed lady

who is very anxious.

That's quite true.

How did you arrive at that?

Observe, please.

Tearing hands

suggest torn heart.

You certainly have

sharp eyes, Mr. Chan.

Humble eyes

have much practice.

It just bears out what our chief inspector

of the police told me today.

We were speaking

of the Martin case.

He said no other detective in the world

could have solved it.

Extravagant praise.

But thank you so much.

And now, Mr. Chan,

perhaps you'll tell me...

if there's anything we can do to assist you

in your journey back to Honolulu.

Very grateful, but all passport mysteries

have been solved.

Hello? Knightsbridge 4243?

Miss Gray, please.


This is Sir Lionel Bashford's

private secretary speaking.

Would you ask Miss Gray to

call me immediately she returns?

Thank you. Yes.

- Mr. Chan?

- That is humble name.

I- I'm Pamela Gray.

Uh, a friend sent me to see you.

I must speak to you.

Much regret, but no time.

In one hour catch train

for boat to Honolulu.

Please, I'm desperate.

I implore you

at least to listen to me!

Please to enter.

Mr. Chan, I'm in

the most terrible trouble.

There's no one in London- no one

in the world who can help me except you.

World is large.

Me lowly Chinaman.

Oh, you-you must help me.

You are much troubled.

You rest.

You-You know this trouble?

Yes. My name is Howard.

Neil Howard.

- Miss Gray and I are engaged to be married.

- Oh.

That is good.

If you will honor other room

with your presence.

Now you stay here and rest, dear.

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Philip MacDonald

Philip MacDonald (5 November 1900, London – 10 December 1980, Woodland Hills, California) was a British author of thrillers. more…

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