Dead Men Tell

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
Movie poster
Directed byHarry Lachman
Produced byRalph Dietrich
Walter Morosco
Written byEarl Derr Biggers (characters)
John Larkin
StarringSidney Toler
Sheila Ryan
Robert Weldon
Music byEmil Newman
CinematographyCharles G. Clarke
Edited byHarry Reynolds
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox
Release date
  • March 28, 1941 (1941-03-28)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States

The interiors for Dead Men Tell were 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. Meanwhile, exterior shots were filmed on the 20th Century Fox backlot, which is now Century City.


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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