Dead Men Tell

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Dead Men Tell
Dead Men Tell - poster.jpg
Movie poster
Directed by Harry Lachman
Produced by Ralph Dietrich
Walter Morosco
Written by Earl Derr Biggers (characters)
John Larkin
Starring Sidney Toler
Sheila Ryan
Robert Weldon
Music by Emil Newman
Cinematography Charles G. Clarke
Edited by Harry Reynolds
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox
Release date
  • March 28, 1941 (1941-03-28)
Running time
61 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Dead Men Tell is a 1941 mystery film starring Sidney Toler, who played Charlie Chan in 22 feature films, beginning with Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938), and ending with The Trap (1946). The first 11 Charlie Chan films were produced by 20th Century Fox Studios, thereafter sold to Monogram Pictures.[1]

Dead Men Tell was filmed in 1941 at Fox Studios B-unit, 1401 N. Western Ave., Hollywood, CA. Today this property is home to a large shopping center, and DeLuxe Full Spectrum Digital & Film Labs.


Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) is engaged by an heir to solve a mystery on a boat. Miss Nodbury (Ethel Griffies) seeks a pirate treasure on Cocos Island, and the ship she uses is an old sailing ship used in the recent past as a museum of pirate lore by one of her relatives. For safety, she has split her map into four pieces, which she gave to some of the passengers whom she has invited to go along with her, but tells no one who they are. When she is given a fright and succumbs to her heart disease Chan must clear up the mystery while the ship is still at the dock.



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