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Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935)

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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Irene Hervey ...
Diana Woodland
Jon Hall ...
Philip Nash (as Charles Locher)
Russell Hicks ...
James Andrews
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Halliwell Hobbes ...
Chief of Police
Frederick Vogeding ...
Burke (as Frederik Vogeding)
Neil Fitzgerald ...
Dakin
Max Wagner ...
Taxi Driver
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Storyline

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 G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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AND NOW YOU SEE HIM IN CHINA! (original print ad - all caps)


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11 October 1935 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan em Shanghai  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Trivia

Halliwell Hobbes plays Colonel Watkins, although the closing credits simply list his character as Chief of Police. See more »

Goofs

Frederick Vogeding's character is called Ivan Marloff in the actual movie, but is listed as 'Burke' in the credits for some reason. See more »

Quotes

Lee Chan: Got a clue, Pop?
Charlie Chan: Shot in dark sometime find eye of bull.
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Followed by The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957) See more »

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Mr. One Son Treated With Respect!
7 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was another very-solid entry in the long-running series that mainly featured either Warner Oland or Sidney Toler as "Charlie Chan." It's generally considered that Oland's films were superior. I enjoy both of them and, after just completing watching the Chan DVD set that were all Toler's films, this return to Oland was a shocker in a way.

I say "shocker" mainly because Chan was so nice and respectful to his kid. In the latter films, Toler's Chan does nothing but insult his son, whichever one accompanies him on various cases. Here, Oland's warmth for his Number One Son "Lee" (Keye Luke) is more than evident and "Lee" helps keep the case alive with a daring rescue of his kidnapped father.

The story is played much straighter, too, than the Toler versions. There is still levity with Chan' many profound-yet-funny proverbs but this is an action-packed short story played more like the mysteries they were supposed to be. Good stuff


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