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Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical, Mystery | 8 January 1937 (USA)
A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago.

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Phil Childers
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Mme. Lilli Rochelle
Gregory Gaye ...
Enrico Barelli
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Mme. Anita Barelli
Frank Conroy ...
Mr. Whitely
Guy Usher ...
Inspector Regan
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Sgt. Kelly
Maurice Cass ...
Mr. Arnold
Tom McGuire ...
Morris
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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 duke1029

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A fiendish killer lurks at the opera! Weird! Thrilling! The Master Minds of Crime Match Wits Against Each Other!


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8 January 1937 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan en la ópera  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Stage manager Maurice Cass vows that the opera will go on "even if Frankenstein walks in!" Audiences were well aware that this in-joke referred to star Boris Karloff, who was in the theater at the time. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Opening credit: Warner Oland vs. Boris Karloff See more »

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Follows The House Without a Key (1926) See more »

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Carnival: Ah, Romantic Love Dream
Music by Oscar Levant
Libretto by William Kernell
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Best Warner Oland Chan!
15 April 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite of the Warner Oland Chan films and my second favorite of the series. This one is loaded with atmosphere and has Boris Karloff in it,too! It starts off with an escape from an insane asylum during a thunderstorm at night and gets better from there! Most of the action takes place backstage at an opera house. The opera "Carnival" was written especially for this film and I wish it would be performed so I could see the entire work. Karloff in his Mephisto costume is impressive. In this film, Chan is assisted by Number One Son, Lee, played by Keye Luke. Luke is at his best in this one. He and Oland make a great team. This is another Chan film that even when you know the identity of the murderer, you still want to see the film again and again just for the atmospheric fun. A real pleasure.


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