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Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936) Poster

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Mr. Arnold: I'm stage manager here and this opera's going on tonight even if Frankenstein walks in.

Charlie Chan: Small things sometimes tell large story.

Sanatarium Guard: Say, I worked around sanitariums before. It's not so bad. I like the cuckoos myself. They're the same as anybody else, only they're smart enough to admit they're nuts.

Sergeant Kelly: [looking at a note written in Chinese] What's that? A laundry list?

Charlie Chan: Much laundry, but all dirty.

Inspector Regan: Kelly, you stay here. It might do you a little good to meet a real detective.

[after a pause]

Inspector Regan: Ask Mr. Chan to come in.

Sergeant Kelly: Wait a minute! You haven't called Chop Suey in on the case? Have you, Chief?

Inspector Regan: No, but it's not a bad idea, and take your hat off! You could learn a little politeness from the Chinese too!

Charlie Chan: Honorable father once say, "Politeness golden key that open many doors."

Sergeant Kelly: I don't like that guy Borelli! I think he uses perfume!

Charlie Chan: Roses and romance like tenor in opera - sing most persuasive love song.

Mr. Arnold: My name's Arnold. I'm stage manager here, and this opera is going on tonight even if Frankenstein walks in.

Charlie Chan: Man who ride on merry-go-round often enough finally catch brass ring.

Charlie Chan: Very old Chinese wise man once say, "Madness twin bvrother of genius because each live in world created by own ego. One sometimes mistaken for the other."

Charlie Chan: Case still wide open like swinging gate.

Sergeant Kelly: Watta yuh mean?

Charlie Chan: Gravelle not murderer.

Inspector Regan: Not Gravelle?

Charlie Chan: Excuse please, will demonstrate hypothesis.

Sergeant Kelly: What?

Charlie Chan: Word of Greek origin, hypo meaning...

Sergeant Kelly: [interrupting] Hypo! I get it! He's hittin' the pipe again!

Mme. Lucretia Borelli: Is this some ridiculous attempt at saving your face, Mr. Chan?

Charlie Chan: Humble countenance merely facing facts.

[last lines]

Lee Chan: I knew we were on the right track Pop! The first time I saw Madam Borelli, I was sure she was guilty, because...

[the visor on his helmet slams shut, cutting him off]

Charlie Chan: Case now closed.

Mr. Arnold: Did you ever see a baritone you could trust?

[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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