Charlie steps in to solve the murder of a wealthy American found dead in a London hotel. Settings include London, Nice, San Remo, Honolulu and Hong Kong. Fast-paced with lots of wisecracking.

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John Garrick ...
Mark Kenaway
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Pamela Potter
Warren Hymer ...
Max Minchin
Marjorie White ...
Sadie
C. Henry Gordon ...
John Ross
William Holden ...
Patrick Tait
George Brent ...
Capt. Ronald Keane
Peter Gawthorne ...
Inspector Duff
John T. Murray ...
Dr. Lofton
John Swor ...
Elmer Benbow
Goodee Montgomery ...
Mrs. Benbow
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Walter Honeywood
Lumsden Hare ...
Inspector Hayley
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Mrs. Luce
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Charlie steps in to solve the murder of a wealthy American found dead in a London hotel. Settings include London, Nice, San Remo, Honolulu and Hong Kong. Fast-paced with lots of wisecracking.

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12 April 1931 (USA)  »

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A Astúcia de Chan  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There was great interest in who would be cast in the part of Chan as 34 actors tested for the role before Warner Oland was ultimately selected. Included in the would-be Chans were J. Edward Bromberg and Noah Beery Sr. See more »

Goofs

When they take the key out of the dead man's hand (it looks more like a woman's hand in the closeup), the hand has to be forced open but continues to open after the officer stops forcing it as the key and chain are removed. Subsequently, it assumes at least 4 different positions, 2 palm up, 2 palm down between shots. Lots of moving for a dead hand. See more »

Connections

Followed by Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940) See more »

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maybe not 100% lost?
15 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I accept the fact that this film is indeed lost, I've never seen it in my life, BUT, to contradict the reviewer above who says it was destroyed in a 1931 fire, at some point in the past ten years (cant remember exactly) I saw on internet a copy of this film was being shown at one of UCLA's theater programs. If that's true, there's at least one copy in someone's private collection, out there somewhere. Never give up hope! re: the Spanish version of Dracula Universal 1931 was considered lost for decades until someone found a print copy in a Havana Cuba Warehouse early 1990s, it's now restored and widely available! Keep hoping and keep searching: You'd be surprised where these "losties" turn up!


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