Charlie Chan Dangerous Money is probably the lesser mystery of the four featured in the TCM Spotlight Charlie Chan Collection DVD set. The other movies are Dark Alibi and The Trap both made in 1946 with Sidney Toler while 1947's The Chinese Ring stars Roland Winters as the venerable detective with the now politically incorrect Chinee speech pattern.
In this Charlie Chan DVD mystery the detective, his number two son (Victor Sen Yung), and Chatanooga Brown are onboard a ship sailing to Australia. On the way there an American Treasury agent is murdered and Chan decides to solve the case before the ship gets on its way after stopping in Samoa.
The ship features a salesman, a knife thrower, a purser and his girlfriend who is being blackmailed, a British couple, an ichthyologist, his wife, and his assistant, and a couple of people on their way back to Samoa.
The mystery itself is not particularly well thought out so you end up watching this Charlie Chan DVD just for the character.
Dangerous Money features the usual scenes with number something son and the Black assistant getting in trouble somewhere while investigating. This time, their investigating does prove useful.
Toler's Chan is particularly stiff in this mystery. This is because the actor was in great pain from intestinal cancer. For some reason, this also affected Chan's ability to coin a proverb or saying.
Dangerous Money, one of 47 Charlie Chan mystery films, would prove to be Toller's penultimate turn in the role.
Other Charlie Chan Reviews
Dark Alibi - TCM Spotlight Charlie Chan Collection: 40th of 47 Charlie Chan movies. This one stars Sidney Toller. Very enjoyable, pristine print.
The Ring - TCM Spotlight Charlie Chan Collection: Roland Winters tries to take over from Sydney Toller in good mystery.