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Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 13 January 1939 (USA)
While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.

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Charles Belden (original screenplay), Earl Derr Biggers (based on: the character "Charlie Chan" created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Phyllis Brooks ... Judy Hayes
Victor Sen Yung ... James Chan (as Sen Yung)
Eddie Collins Eddie Collins ... Al Hogan
John 'Dusty' King ... Randolph (as John King)
Claire Dodd ... Mrs. Carol Wayne
George Zucco ... Dr. Cardigan
Robert Barrat ... Captain Johnson
Marc Lawrence ... Johnny McCoy
Richard Lane ... Joe Arnold
Layne Tom Jr. Layne Tom Jr. ... Tommy Chan
Philip Ahn ... Wing Foo
Paul Harvey ... Inspector Rawlins
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Storyline

With Charlie Chan distracted by the imminent birth of his first grandchild, young Tommy Chan persuades his older brother Jimmy (eager to be a detective) to take Pop's place when a call comes in directing Charlie to investigate a murder aboard a freighter. Charlie eventually learns of this and boards the ship to straighten out its slew of suspects, a cargo hold full of wild animals, and two well-meaning but ineffectual sons. Written by statmanjeff

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan em Honolulu See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This episode marks then end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Warner Oland would pass away just seven (7) short months from the release of Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo. It also, marks the last time Keye Luke will play Charlie Chan's Number 1 son, Lee Chan. Warner Oland was just 58 years old at his passing. Sidney Toler picks up the Charlie Chan torch at the ripe age of 64 with his first film Charlie Chan in Honolulu released in the U.S. on January 13, 1939. It's only fitting that Charlie Chan's number 2 son, Jimmy Chan would begin his detective career with this film. Jimmy Chan is played by Victor Sen Yung aka Sen Yung. Other Chan children make appearances throughout Toler's run as Charlie Chan just as they did for Warner Oland. See more »

Goofs

In the chase scene involving Eddie Collins, the monkey, and the lion, there is a cutaway from one of the ship's officers jumping on a stool to the animals. When the cutback is made to the humans, they are in the same place physically, not having moved from their original positions in spite of being involved in a chase. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: [stopping angry sailors from throwing Jimmy into the harbor] Honolulu police frown on choking bay with bodies.
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Referenced in The Brady Bunch: The Fender Benders (1972) See more »

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prime Charlie Chan!
29 December 2013 | by RemiFasolati-881-771882See all my reviews

Charle Chan in Honolulu (1938) Sydney Toler. Sen Young (as son Jimmy). Charlie detains tramp steamer investigating a murder. Classic Chan! The well-known George Zucco plays a creepy scientist (Dr. Cardigan) who keeps a human brain alive in a jar; red-herring? A detective is aboard ship returning an escaped prisoner to prison, another red-herring? Zoo menagerie including wandering lion, all aboard ship, adds distraction to cluttered but delightful story line. Lots of colorful characters and bad acting. Keeps you guessing, can YOU guess who the murderer is? Good addition to the Chan series.

"Mr. Chan, what's your opinion on the case?" Charlie Chan: "Opinion like tea leaves, take time for brewing."


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