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Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Horror  |  21 June 1935 (USA)
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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.

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(original screenplay), (original screenplay), 1 more credit »
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Pat Paterson ...
Thomas Beck ...
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Nayda (as Rita Cansino)
Stepin Fetchit ...
Snowshoes
Jameson Thomas ...
Dr. Anton Racine
Frank Conroy ...
Prof. John Thurston
Nigel De Brulier ...
Edfu Ahmad
Paul Porcasi ...
Insp. Fouad Soueida
Arthur Stone ...
Dragoman
James Eagles ...
Barry Arnold
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Dr. Jaipur
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Prof. Arnold
Anita Brown ...
Showshoes' Friend
John Davidson ...
Chemist Daoud Atrash
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An X-ray machine reveals the presence of a corpse in an Egyptian sarcophagus. It is not that of the ancient high priest. Instead the body is that of the archaeologist who was thought to be on a trip to the Upper Nile, but is now found murdered. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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21 June 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan Egyiptomban  »

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| (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Was the main feature at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood with The Girl from 10th Avenue (1935) starring Bette Davis and was billed accordingly on the theater marquee. A photo of the theater marquee taken at the time is in the collection of the L.A. Public Library. It shows a matinĂ©e crowd exiting to the street. See more »

Goofs

When Snowshoes points his torch into the tomb (34 minutes) the circle of light cast on the walls is clearly that of another light source. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: With back to wall can fight off demon of sleeplessness.
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Followed by Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937) See more »

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The Good & Bad Of 'Charlie Chan In Egypt'
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I did not like this one on the first viewing, but I had a very bad tape which didn't help. With the DVD (part of recent Chan Collection that came out in 2006) I enjoyed this more, thanks, in part to have the option of English subtitles.

I still think this is a slightly sub-par Warner Oland-edition Charlie Chan, but only because I think so highly of the other films. It did have some excellent suspense and strange characters and is known because of the appearance of young Rita Cansino who would go on to star status as Rita Hayworth.

THE BAD - None of Charlie's kids are here to help him out, and that's a loss. Instead, for humor, we have Stepin Fetchit with his mumbling drawl and unfunny character (unlike Mantan Moreland in later Chans, even though both are horrible black stereotypes of the day.) Worse than the above, we have a shrill, hysterical female lead character , "Carol Arnold" (Pat Paterson) who got on my nerves, big-time! That's almost another stereotype of the period: women who fall apart easily and act like overemotional cripples. After a few of these outbursts, I just hit the mute button when she went into her act. She had a brother in here who was almost as bad except he had far fewer lines. Also in here was the typical thing you saw more of in the '30s than in modern films: stories that dealt with the occult and a lot of superstitions.

THE GOOD - The action was pretty good and this story gave us more of the weird suspects than what is normally provided. Not only weird people but strange scenes. Combine those with the usual Chan witticism's, profound statements and uncommon courtesy he gives everyone, and it's an entertaining film. I would never have recognized Hayworth if I hadn't been informed it was her. She played a dark-haired Egyptian woman. If you froze some frames and looked carefully enough, you could be convinced it was her, but it wasn't easy. She certainly wasn't the incredible beauty she would be in the next decade.


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