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Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933)

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Mystery
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Charlie is the intended murder victim here, and he avoids death only by chance. To find the murderer (since, of course, murder does occur), Charlie must outguess Scotland Yard and New York City police.

Director: John G. Blystone
Stars: Warner Oland, Alexander Kirkland, H.B. Warner
Mystery
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Charlie is hired to deliver a pearl necklace to a millionaire at his ranch. When murder intervenes he disguises himself as a Chinese servant and begins sleuthing.

Directors: Eugene Forde, George Hadden
Stars: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Donald Woods
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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.

Director: Hamilton MacFadden
Stars: Warner Oland, John Garrick, Marguerite Churchill
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The heir to a huge fortune is presumed drowned, then shows up, is then murdered.

Director: Gordon Wiles
Stars: Warner Oland, Rosina Lawrence, Charles Quigley
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    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.

Director: James Tinling
Stars: Warner Oland, Irene Hervey, Jon Hall
Comedy | Crime | Horror
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While investigating the theft of antiquities from an ancient tomb excavation , Charlie discovers that the body of the expedition's leader concealed inside the mummy's wrappings.

Director: Louis King
Stars: Warner Oland, Pat Paterson, Thomas Beck
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
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When a friend of Charlie's is found kicked to death by his own race horse on board a Honolulu-bound liner, the detective discovers foul play and uncovers an international gambling ring.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Helen Wood
Certificate: Passed Crime | Mystery | Thriller
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The unsolved murder of a Hollywood actor several years earlier and an enigmatic psychic are the keys to help Charlie solve the Honolulu stabbing death of a beautiful actress.

Director: Hamilton MacFadden
Stars: Warner Oland, Sally Eilers, Bela Lugosi
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
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Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Sidney Toler, Jean Rogers, Lionel Atwill
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Mystery
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Charlie tries to discover the identity of a strangler who strikes multiple times on a cruise ship bound from Honolulu to California.

Director: Eugene Forde
Stars: Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Lionel Atwill
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
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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.

Director: Lynn Shores
Stars: Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, C. Henry Gordon
Crime | Drama | Mystery
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Charlie visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeepe to a stableman to a lawyer.

Director: Eugene Forde
Stars: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Ray Milland
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Carlotte Eagan
Roger Imhof ...
The Beachcomber
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John Quincy Winterslip
Walter Byron ...
Henry Jennison
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Brade
Virginia Cherrill ...
Barbara Winterslip
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Captain Hallett
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Dan Winterslip
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...
Amos Winterslip
Clara Blandick ...
Minerva Winterslip
Claude King ...
Capt. Arthur Cope
William Stack ...
James Eagan
Gloria Roy ...
Arlene Compton
Cornelius Keefe ...
Steve Letherbee
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Charlie Chans Meistertrick  »

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This movie was an adaptation of Earl Derr Biggers's novel HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY. See more »

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Followed by The Shanghai Cobra (1945) See more »

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A lost classic.
21 August 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I can only hope that this film is recovered, restored, and given a presentation on TCM. 4 Charlie Chan films are currently believed to be lost, of which this is the third. If this film can't be recovered, I would like to see some stills at least. Often, films are though to be lost only to have one last print be found. Of all the lost Chan films, this is the one I want to see the most, since the title states it is Chan's greatest case, I'd think this would be an interesting and thought provoking whodunit. We can only hope a print survives.


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