The Golden Eye
|The Golden Eye|
|Directed by||William Beaudine|
|Produced by||James S. Burkett|
|Written by||Earl Derr Biggers (characters)
|Music by||Edward J. Kay|
|Cinematography||William A. Sickner|
|Edited by||Ace Herman|
|Distributed by||Monogram Pictures|
The Golden Eye is a 1948 American film directed by William Beaudine and starring Roland Winters in his fourth appearance as Charlie Chan. The film is also known as Charlie Chan in Texas (Belgian English title) and Charlie Chan in the Golden Eye (American poster title).
Manning, owner of the Golden Eye Mine in Arizona, persuades Charlie Chan to help him. To avoid alerting Manning's murderous enemies, Chan registers as a guest at a nearby dude ranch along with his number two son, Tommy, and his black servant, Birmingham Brown. There he meets San Francisco Police Lieutenant Mike Ruark, posing as drunken fellow guest "Vincent O'Brien" to investigate why the mine has suddenly become valuable.
When Chan goes to see Manning, he finds that he has supposedly fallen down a mineshaft, leaving him in a coma. While there, he is recognized by assayer Talbot Bartlett, who knows him from a previous case.
Later, Chan guesses that prospector Pete is stealing ore from the mine, and persuades him to guide him, Tommy and Birmingham to the mine through his secret passageway. However, when they arrive, Tommy and Birmingham find Pete's body.
Chan eventually surmises that much cheaper Mexican gold is being smuggled in and sold in the US at a huge profit by Driscoll and his men. When Driscoll makes a break for it, he is shot in the back by Bartlett. Then Chan reveals that it is Bartlett who is the boss of the smuggling ring and the killer of both Manning and Pete.
- Roland Winters as Charlie Chan
- Victor Sen Yung as Tommy Chan
- Mantan Moreland as Birmingham Brown
- Wanda McKay as Evelyn Manning
- Bruce Kellogg as Talbot Bartlett
- Tim Ryan as Lt. Mike Ruark, aka "Vincent O'Brien"
- Evelyn Brent as Sister Teresa
- Ralph Dunn as Jim Driscoll, superintendent of the Golden Eye
- Lois Austin as Mrs. Margaret Driscoll
- Forrest Taylor as Mr. Manning
- Lee "Lasses" White as Pete