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Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  7 August 1936 (USA)
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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.

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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.)
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Major Kent
Frank Coghlan Jr. ...
Eddie Brill
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'Tip' Collins
John Rogers ...
Mooney
John Henry Allen ...
'Streamline' Jones
Harry Jans ...
Al Meers
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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>

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Charlie Chan aux courses  »

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The twelfth of sixteen Charlie Chan movies starring Warner Oland. 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

Lee Chan: [after being kicked in the seat from behind] Oh, gee, Pop, how'd you know it was me?
Charlie Chan: Frequent spankings when young make rear view very familiar.
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Follows The Black Camel (1931) See more »

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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.


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