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Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 21 May 1937 (USA)
When a strategically important new aerial guidance system is stolen, Charlie traces it to the Berlin Olympics, where he has to battle spies and enemy agents to retrieve it.

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Robert Ellis (screen play), Helen Logan (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Charlie Chan
Katherine DeMille ... Yvonne Roland
Pauline Moore ... Betty Adams
Allan Lane ... Richard Masters
Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
C. Henry Gordon ... Arthur Hughes
John Eldredge ... Cartwright
Layne Tom Jr. Layne Tom Jr. ... Charlie Chan Jr.
Jonathan Hale ... Hopkins
Morgan Wallace ... Honorable Charles Zaraka
Frederick Vogeding Frederick Vogeding ... Captain Strasser (as Fredrik Vogeding)
Andrew Tombes ... Police Chief Scott
Howard Hickman ... Dr. Burton
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When an experimental plane is hijacked and its pilot murdered, the new guidance system that will allow it to fly unmanned is stolen. Charlie traces the strategically important invention to the current summer Olympic games in Berlin, where myriad spies, enemy agents, and hard-core criminals are ruthlessly pursuing it in order to sell it to another government. Charlie's son Lee, a member of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team, is on hand to help his father recover the device and solve the mystery. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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A HUNDRED THOUSAND CHEERING FANS...one of them a ruthless killer! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan aux jeux olympiques See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Stock footage of the dirigible Hindenburg was retouched, frame by frame, to blot out the swastikas emblazoned on the airship's tail. See more »

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When Charlie Chan, Jr. enters a room where his father and another officer are, Chan, Jr. says, "Pop, here are some cut-up tea and sandwiches," when what he really means is, "Pop, here are some cut-up sandwiches and tea." See more »

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Sports, Spies, and Murder
19 January 2005 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Charlie discovers the body of a pilot who was missing for days following a test flight using a remote control navigation system, which is missing from the plane. Charlie discovers that the killer, Miller, worked at an airplane factory in Honolulu, but is found murdered in his apartment before he can be questioned. The suspects of being the sinister power behind the theft are headed towards Berlin, not only to watch the Olympics, but to sell the remote control unit. Charlie takes the Hindenburg to Berlin and is joined by son Lee (who is entered in the 100m swimming relay) to track down Yvonne Rowland, who was seen in Miller's apartment, and who has contacted Baron Zaraka, dignitary for a warring nation. Knowing that Chan is on the case, Zaraka has Lee kidnapped and will turn him over to Charlie in exchange for the remote control device. Charlie tries to dupe the spies, even though he knows that his son is at their mercy. Very good Chan film that places the emphasis on foreign intrigue rather than mystery (and is able to succeed). Oland does turn in one of his best performances as the character, due to the character's development from the genial detective to the worried parent. The Olympics angle does give an interesting aspect of the film towards today's audiences giving an idea of the athletes back then (and the subtraction of the Nazi influence over the games). The climax to the mystery (which is suspenseful) and the revelation of the killer's motive seems to suggest that the film was trying to bloat the mystery angle of the film more. Rating, based on B mysteries, 7.


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