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
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 »
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 »
[stopping angry sailors from throwing Jimmy into the harbor]
Honolulu police frown on choking bay with bodies.
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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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