Gravelle, a former baritone believed dead after an opera house fire, has been languishing in a mental institution for the past seven years, an anonymous amnesiac. When he fortuitously sees a news story about his former wife's current appearance at the local opera, his memory returns. He escapes, and, disguised in costume, seeks revenge for a failed attempt on his life years earlier. When the guilty parties are found stabbed to death, Charlie Chan and son Lee try to find out if the dangerous fugitive is the one responsible. Written by
Benson Fong, who appears as an extra during the opera scenes, later returned to the series to play Tommy Chan, Charlie's #3 Son. See more »
When they characters are all gathered in the dressing room after the murders and they are questioning Childers, he says he knew Madame Barelli well. What he actually meant to say Madame Rochelle (or Madame Lilli as she was being referred to). See more »
Sanitarium Guard 1:
What's the mater Joe? Nervous?
Sanitarium Guard 2:
Aw this job gives me gooseflesh. You're new here, but in a couple of months you'll get as jumpy as me.
Sanitarium Guard 1:
Hey I've worked around sanitariums before, it's not so bad. I like the cuckoos myself. They're the same as anyone else only they're smart enough to admit they're nuts.
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Charlie Chan at the Opera features a stellar cast, a great setting and some fine dramatic moments to go with a good mystery. Warner Oland as Chan solves the murder of an opera singer. Boris Karloff gives a typically stern and demonstrative performance as an escaped mental patient and top suspect while the rest of the cast is deep and talented. The plot has a lot of fun moments and is extremely dramatic. An opera score was created for the movie and provides a great backdrop to the action. Very tightly wrapped with very good performances, Charlie Chan at the Opera is one of the more entertaining Chan movies.
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