Charlie Chan in The Feathered Serpent (1948)

March 26, 2011

The 16th Monogram Charlie Chan film has the distinction of having Keye Luke and Victor Sen Young in the same picture. It also has the honor of being a screenplay from a Republic 1937 picture “Riders of the Whistling Skull.” starring the Three Mesquiteers Bob Livingston, Ray “Crash” Corrigan, and Max Terhune.  You might ask the question how do cowboys and Charlie Chan mix? Well having watched both films the story does work as the basic plot is finding a missing scientist who was searching for gold in Mexico. Skull places more emphasis on action while the treasure and greed are featured in the Serpent although Luke and Young do fight the bad guys at the end of the film. It could have very easily been called Charlie Chan in The Whistling Skull. In fact I liked the stone rock that did look like a skull. What I couldn’t get past was Charlie out in the desert in his three piece suit! I like Charlie Chan films with the Confucian aphorisms, the comedy of Moreland, and the whole whodunit story line so I tend to lean toward the Serpent film but if I were to give them a rating both would be given (**).

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2 Responses to “Charlie Chan in The Feathered Serpent (1948)”

  1. mary fallon Says:

    would like to order The Feathered Serpent DVD
    staring Roland Winters


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