MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,101 this week

Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  7 August 1936 (USA)
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 883 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 5 critic

When a friend of Charlie's is found kicked to death by his own race horse on board a Honolulu-bound liner, the detective discovers foul play and uncovers an international gambling ring.

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2071 titles
created 10 Aug 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 09 Feb 2013
 
list image
a list of 44 titles
created 26 Mar 2013
 
a list of 1691 titles
created 02 Apr 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)

Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Charlie Chan at the Race Track.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Charlie investigates murders connected with insurance fraud. This one is set in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Director: Terry O. Morse
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Charlie Chan and his two eldest sons, investigate a murderous gang who is forcing an archaeologist to search for a treasure in Mexico.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Roland Winters, Keye Luke, Mantan Moreland
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A Pathe serial in ten chapters of two-reels each: Dan Winterslip, a wealthy man in Honolulu, has not spoken to his brother, who owns a hotel next to Winterslip's estate, in over twenty ... See full summary »

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: Allene Ray, Walter Miller, E.H. Calvert
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Chan is faced with suspects in a stolen atomic bomb formula case, that are being killed with bullets that are not fired from a gun.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Fortunio Bonanova, Benson Fong
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Charlie attempts to solve a triple murder in which a dead man's finger prints show up at all three murder sites.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Roland Winters, Mantan Moreland, Tim Ryan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Helen Wood ...
Alice Fenton
Thomas Beck ...
Bruce Rogers
Alan Dinehart ...
George Chester
Gavin Muir ...
Bagley
Gloria Roy ...
Catherine Chester
Jonathan Hale ...
Warren Fenton
G.P. Huntley ...
Denny Barton (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
...
Major Kent
Frank Coghlan Jr. ...
Eddie Brill
...
'Tip' Collins
John Rogers ...
Mooney
John Henry Allen ...
'Streamline' Jones
Harry Jans ...
Al Meers
Edit

Storyline

While steaming from Honolulu to Los Angeles the owner of a prize racehorse headed for the Santa Anita Handicap is killed, apparently kicked to death by his stallion. Not so, deduces Charlie. Leter he exposes efforts to fix a race at the famous track. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

7 August 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan aux courses  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

H. Bruce Humberstone:  The director has a small uncredited role as the gambler who causes the Chans to be kidnapped. See more »

Goofs

When the climactic race begins, only half of the horses announced (Gringo, Wild Bill, Shrapnel, Gallant Lad, Golden Fleece, Elsie Lee, Avalanche, Hold Away) match the names seen earlier on the odds board (Golden Fleece, Money Maker, Shrapnel, Blue Boy, Court Jester, Gallant Lad, Avalanche, Pico). See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Gee, Pop, what are you always stopping me for? Why don't you give me a chance to clean up this case for you?
Charlie Chan: Foolish rooster who stick head in lawnmower end in stew.
See more »

Connections

Followed by Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Game Horse with a great heart
17 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The tragic story of Phar Lap the great Australian thoroughbred who was imported to the Northern Hemisphere and poisoned by gamblers seems to be the basis for this Charlie Chan film. It's a bit happier an ending for the horse Avalanche who is the focus of the investigation.

Which starts in Charlie Chan At The Racetrack in Melbourne where Avalanche has just won the Melbourne Cup as did Phar Lap. Despite threats from a gambling syndicate, owner George Irving is bringing him to America to race at Santa Anita. On the ship bringing Avalanche and his stablemate Gallant Lad to America, Irving is kicked to death by his horse when he visited him in his shipboard stall. When the ship docks in Honolulu Warner Oland goes on board along with son Keye Luke to investigate.

Oland establishes that the horse was not the guilty party pretty quickly, but the problem of the gamblers and whatever nefarious scheme they have in mind is still there. They've even got a backup plan which almost works when it is put into play. Let's say like the real life Phar Lap, Avalanche is a game horse with a great heart.

Charlie Chan At The Racetrack is one of the best of Charlie Chan features. Other than the patronizing stereotypical portrait of the black groom the film holds up well for today's audiences.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?