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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

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan Kiinassa  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sir Stanley Woodland: I made an important discovery this afternoon. That's what prevented me from meeting you. We can get together after this is over.
Charlie Chan: [softly] Two ears for every tongue.
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Good entry in the series
28 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an engaging whodunit with a particularly charming back and forth between Warner Oland and Keye Luke. A good bit of action as well, with some some fisticuffs and bang bang. I was intrigued by several occasions where Chinese is spoken, although it appears none of it was critical to the plot. Certainly it is appropriate considering the locale in Shanghai. Some good little surprises here and there, with Charlie always ahead of everyone else in spite of a couple of perilous encounters.

If you like this series in general, you should be quite pleased with this entry. Warner Oland is, at least I think, the best Chan, showing warmth and wit and a playfulness his antecedents seem to lack.


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