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Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 21 June 1935 (USA)
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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(as Luis King)

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(original screenplay), (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Tom Evans
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Nayda (as Rita Cansino)
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Snowshoes
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Edfu Ahmad
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Insp. Fouad Soueida
Arthur Stone ...
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Barry Arnold
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Dr. Jaipur
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Prof. Arnold
Anita Brown ...
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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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Charlie Chan Egyiptomban  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

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| (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Stepin Fetchit (Snowshoes) was the first black actor to become a millionaire, dying in 1985. 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: Would so much like to see Ameti tomb.
Tom Evans, Archeologist: Tonight?
Charlie Chan: Waiting for tomorrow waste of today.
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Followed by Charlie Chan in Panama (1940) See more »

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Under the influence of mapuchari - or drugs in the desert!
11 May 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Warner Oland works on behalf of French Archaeological Society concerning Egyptian antiquities being sold to private collectors and rival museums. Before the case is solved, Chan will uncover and solve a murder and avoid being done in. Mystery is pretty straight forward with fewer misleading clues than most of this series. "Theory like mist on eyeglasses -- obscures facts." Chan still (as usual) does not reveal all until the end although this time with the paucity of suspects it is more likely that you can guess the guilty party. Story relies more on travelog-type shots, similarity to real-life and contemporary film mysteries about mummies and tombs, and basic lectures on how X-rays work and archaeology to keep interest. It works. Pat Paterson (Charles Boyer's real life wife) does a credible job as the damsel in distress and under the influence of cannabis. Stepin Fetchit's role as a bug-eyed dim-witted servant will upset modern viewers and probably served as comic relief to contemporary audiences. Although an unrecognizable Rita Cansino (Rita Hayworth's real last name) is given a credit at the beginning of the film, she hardly has any lines. Not as good as Charlie Chan in London or Paris, but one that dedicated fans will not want to miss. Recommended.


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