On his return to China, Charlie is honored at a Shanghai banquet for his many accomplishments. Prior to his speech Sir Stanley Woodland, a prominent official in the colony, confides to Charlie that he has discovered some sinister activities and wants to share the information with the detective as soon as they are alone. When Sir Stanley is silenced by a booby-trapped box, Charlie seeks to discover the undivulged secret as well as the killer. Along with Col. Watkins, the police commissioner, and G-Man James Andrews, Charlie works to expose an international opium-smuggling ring operating out of Shanghai. With the help of son Lee, he survives a kidnapping and murder attempt while exposing the identity of the head of the drug ring. Written by
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Halliwell Hobbes plays Colonel Watkins, although the closing credits simply list his character as Chief of Police. See more »
At 31:12, Andrews reads a note from the late Sir Stanley Woodland. We see the note again when Nash steals it at 33:40. When Chan examines the same note at 42:17, the signature is in a very dissimilar hand. See more »
Before Charlie Chan was in Shanghai, someone tries to kill Warner Oland on the boat from Hawaii. Even villains can get some unfriendly vibes at times.
Charlie Chan In Shanghai, the only time that the famous detective actually was in the land of his ancestors in the film series, finds Warner Oland and Keye Luke going there to help stamp out an opium smuggling ring. They are summoned there by a Scotland Yard Inspector who gets himself shot and killed during a banquet by means of a booby trapped box.
The suspect pool was a little thin in this particular movie which doesn't make it quite rise to the level of some of the other Oland and Sidney Toler features from Fox. It was also the last film released under the Fox film banner, henceforth all productions would be under the new reorganized 20th Century Fox.
As the villains also seemed to know every move that Oland was making for a while you know they had to have some inside help which also narrows the suspect pool. I think you'll figure it out way before the end.
Still Oland is at his inscrutable best in this feature.
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