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Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935) Poster

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Charlie Chan: Holiday mood like fickle girl - privileged to change mind.

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Ship's officer: [seeing Charlie on the deck playing leap-frog with a bevy of little kids] They seem to have you down, Mr. Chan.

Charlie Chan: Sixty summers young, sixty winters old.

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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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Colonel Watkins, police commissioner: Sir Stanley had so many friends, but few enemies.

Charlie Chan: Only *one* enemy necessary to commit *murder*.

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Charlie Chan: Motive like end of string - tied to many knots. End may be in sight but hard to unravel.

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Lee Chan: Hi, Pop!

Charlie Chan: [softly] Hi.

[embracing Lee]

Charlie Chan: Joy equals astonishment at seeing offspring in Shanghai.

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Charlie Chan: [seeing that Lee has no money to pay the cab driver] Pocket book, of course, left in other suit?

Lee Chan: Believe it or not!

Charlie Chan: Eh! Old excuse like ancient billy goat - has whiskers.

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Charlie Chan: [looking at photo of his children] Distance no hindrance to fond thoughts.

Lee Chan: [from other bedroom] Good night, Pop.

Charlie Chan: Good night. Do not forget your prayers. May need 'em.

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Charlie Chan: Cold omelet like fish out of sea - does *not* improve with *age*.

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Charlie Chan: [to Lee] Let capture be good lesson of virtue of silence.

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James Andrews: They tried to kill you too?

Charlie Chan: Spider does not spin web for single fly.

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James Andrews: [referring to the opium trade] The terrific toll of life taken yearly by this insidious traffic is beyond belief.

Charlie Chan: Beauty of poppy contains sting of death.

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Charlie Chan: Long journey always start with one short step.

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James Andrews: One man can't move mountains, you know.

Charlie Chan: But *two* can start *digging*.

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Charlie Chan: Hasty conclusion like hind legs of mule - kick backwards.

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Charlie Chan: Soothing drink like summer shower - bring pleasant relief.

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Colonel Watkins, police commissioner: The evidence is as clear as the nose on your face.

Charlie Chan: Owner of nose cannot always see nose.

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Colonel Watkins, police commissioner: [to Andrews and Chan] Okay, gentlemen, it's your funeral.

Charlie Chan: Hope not.

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Charlie Chan: Only foolish dog pursues flying bird.

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Lee Chan: Got a clue, Pop?

Charlie Chan: Shot in dark sometime find eye of bull.

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