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Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 7 August 1936 (USA)
When a friend of Charlie's is found kicked to death by his own race horse on board a Honolulu-bound liner, the detective discovers foul play and uncovers an international gambling ring.

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Robert Ellis (screen play), Helen Logan (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Charlie Chan
Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
Helen Wood ... Alice Fenton
Thomas Beck ... Bruce Rogers
Alan Dinehart ... George Chester
Gavin Muir ... Bagley
Gloria Roy Gloria Roy ... Catherine Chester
Jonathan Hale ... Warren Fenton
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... Denny Barton (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
George Irving ... Major Kent
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Eddie Brill
Frankie Darro ... 'Tip' Collins
John Rogers John Rogers ... Mooney
John Henry Allen John Henry Allen ... 'Streamline' Jones (as John H. Allen)
Harry Jans Harry Jans ... Al Meers
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Storyline

While steaming from Honolulu to Los Angeles the owner of a prize racehorse headed for the Santa Anita Handicap is killed, apparently kicked to death by his stallion. Not so, deduces Charlie. Later he exposes efforts to fix a race at the famous track. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

7 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan a lóversenyen See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The footage purporting to be the Melbourne Cup was not shot in Melbourne. The Flemington grandstand (1924), still standing, is different, as are the grounds, and horse races are conducted on grass in Australia, not on dirt. See more »

Goofs

When the climactic race begins, only half of the horses announced (Gringo, Wild Bill, Shrapnel, Gallant Lad, Golden Fleece, Elsie Lee, Avalanche, Hold Away) match the names seen earlier on the odds board (Golden Fleece, Money Maker, Shrapnel, Blue Boy, Court Jester, Gallant Lad, Avalanche, Pico). See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: [Opening lines] Record indicate most murder result from violence, and murder without bloodstain like Amos without Andy - most unusual.
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Follows Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933) See more »

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"Suspicion often father of truth."
27 February 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Charlie Chan's old friend is murdered after he threatens to break up a racehorse gambling ring. Charlie investigates and finds lots of suspicious characters involved. Seems like every one of the popular movie detectives from the '30s and '40s eventually had a case involving horse racing. This one mixes the horse racing backdrop with that of an ocean liner mystery. This is a lesser but still enjoyable entry in the series. Possibly the "worst" of the Oland Chan movies, which says a lot about how good the series was. Keye Luke is still great fun as "Number One Son" Lee. Unfortunately there is also a cowardly stablehand character named Streamline that will be pretty offensive to modern audiences. Thankfully, he's not in the movie a lot. All of the suspects in this one are slimy. It was hard guessing who the killer was because they all seemed capable of it.


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