My Top 10 Favorite Charlie Chan Mystery Films

Here are my picks featuring everyone's favorite Oriental Detective of the Thirties and Forties
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1.
Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago. (68 mins.)
“ Look at him..., that guy sings every night, it makes me screwy. ” - classicsoncall
 
2.
Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
While visiting the circus with his family, Charlie is recruited by the big top's co-owner to investigate threatening letters that he's received. (72 mins.)
Director: Harry Lachman
“ Curiosity responsible for cat needing nine lives. ” - classicsoncall
 
3.
Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder. (74 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
“ Scorpio I believe, is the unfortunate symbol of death. ” - classicsoncall
 
4.
Charlie Chan in London (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Charlie visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeepe to a stableman to a lawyer. (79 mins.)
Director: Eugene Forde
“ Thoughts are like noble animal, unchecked they run away causing painful smashup. ” - classicsoncall
 
5.
Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An escaped convicted murderer hides out at a New York wax museum where he hopes to get plastic surgery, which will help him revenge himself on Charlie Chan. (63 mins.)
Director: Lynn Shores
“ Will please explain presence of one dummy inside another dummy. ” - classicsoncall
 
6.
Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur. (67 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
“ In Panama, walls equipped with eyes as well as ears. ” - classicsoncall
 
7.
Murder Over New York (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When Charlie's old friend from Scotland Yard is murdered when they attend a police convention in New York, Chan picks up the case he was working on. (65 mins.)
Director: Harry Lachman
“ Coincidence like ancient egg, leave unpleasant odor. ” - classicsoncall
 
8.
Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Charlie tries to discover the identity of a strangler who strikes multiple times on a cruise ship bound from Honolulu to California. (76 mins.)
Director: Eugene Forde
“ Truth like oil, will in time rise to surface. ” - classicsoncall
 
9.
Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a prominent official is murdered at a banquet honoring Charle Chan, the detective and son Lee team up to expose an opium-smuggling ring. (71 mins.)
Director: James Tinling
“ Motive like end of string, tied in many knots; end may be in sight but hard to unravel. ” - classicsoncall
 
10.
Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (71 mins.)
“ Truth like football, receive many kicks before reaching goal. ” - classicsoncall