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Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 1 March 1940 (USA)
Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

John Francis Larkin (original screen play) (as John Larkin), Lester Ziffren (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Jean Rogers ... Kathi Lenesch
Lionel Atwill ... Cliveden Compton
Mary Nash ... Miss Jennie Finch
Victor Sen Yung ... Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
Kane Richmond ... Richard Cabot
Chris-Pin Martin ... Sergeant Montero
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Dr. Rudolph Grosser
Helen Ericson ... Stewardess
Jack La Rue ... Manolo
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Governor Webster
Donald Douglas ... Captain Lewis (as Don Douglas)
Frank Puglia ... Achmed Halide
Addison Richards ... Godley
Edward Keane ... Dr. Fredericks
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Storyline

Charlie impersonates a shop owner to foil an espionage plot which would destroy part of the Panama Canal, trapping a Navy fleet on its way to the Pacific after maneuvers in the Atlantic. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Charlie Chan Defies the Enemies of America!!! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan a Panama See more »

Company Credits

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The twenty-sixth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: [Last lines] Intelligent defense of nation best guarantee for years of peace.
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Connections

Followed by The Sky Dragon (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Siboney
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Ernesto Lecuona
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Timely and better than average
19 April 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an extremely timely Charlie Chan movie as although the US was not yet at war, storm clouds were on the horizon and this film anticipated the importance of the Panama Canal to the future. Although the film never said that the Germans were planning on blowing up the canal, that's exactly what was very strongly implied--with a vicious foreign agent named 'Ryner'. The problem is that Chan and the military authorities have no idea what this agent looks like as well as exactly what this enemy agent's intentions are as well as how they'll go about doing it. So it's up to Chan and #2 Son to investigate.

This film is better than average for the Fox version of Charlie Chan. Mostly this is due to the timeliness, the use of non-grainy and relevant stock footage as well as a dandy plot and mystery. It keeps you guessing up until the end--and I liked this very much.


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