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Release Date:
7 August 1936 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Warner Oland ... Charlie Chan

Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
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.)

George Irving ... Major Kent

Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Eddie Brill

Frankie Darro ... 'Tip' Collins
John Rogers ... Mooney
John Henry Allen ... 'Streamline' Jones (as John H. Allen)
Harry Jans ... Al Meers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sidney Bracey ... Ship's Steward (uncredited)
Wally Dean ... Race Judge (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
James Eagles ... Chick Patten (uncredited)
Robert Ellsworth ... Cop (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Gangster (uncredited)
Neil Fitzgerald ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Paul Fix ... Lefty (uncredited)

James Flavin ... Detective at Headquarters (uncredited)

Sam Flint ... Ship's Captain (uncredited)

J.C. Fowler ... Race Judge (uncredited)
Jack Green ... Pinkerton Man (uncredited)
Bobbie Hale ... Racetrack Patron (uncredited)
Ray Hanson ... Third Officer (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Detective (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Holmes Herbert ... Chief Steward, Melbourne Cup (uncredited)
Lew Hicks ... Cop (uncredited)

Robert Homans ... Judge (uncredited)
Boothe Howard ... Ship's Doctor (uncredited)
H. Bruce Humberstone ... Gambler (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... J.L. Lansing, Racing Secretary (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Chuck (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Judge (uncredited)

Al Kikume ... Plainclothes Policeman in White Suit (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Bookie (uncredited)

George Magrill ... Detective (uncredited)
Clyde McAtee ... Pinkerton Man (uncredited)

Tom McGuire ... Track Official (uncredited)
Art Miles ... Railbird (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Wade (uncredited)
Lucille Miller ... Secretary (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Gateman (uncredited)

Jack Mulhall ... Second Purser (uncredited)

Pat O'Malley ... Track Official (uncredited)
William Oakley ... Seaman (uncredited)

Cyril Ring ... Race Track Patron (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ... Seaman (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Railbird (uncredited)

Harry Strang ... Detective (uncredited)
Bobby Tanzel ... Gilroy (uncredited)

Forrest Taylor ... Man Who Says 'I'll Phone Al' (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Steward (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Racetrack Patron (uncredited)
Harland Tucker ... Joe, Gangster (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... Joe (uncredited)

Robert Warwick ... Police Chief (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Smithers (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Reporter (uncredited)

Norman Willis ... Gangster (uncredited)

David Worth ... Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
H. Bruce Humberstone 
Writing credits
Robert Ellis (screen play) &
Helen Logan (screen play) and
Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screen play) (as Edward T. Lowe)

Lou Breslow (from a story by) &
Saul Elkins (from a story by)

Earl Derr Biggers (based on the character created by: Charlie Chan)

Produced by
John Stone .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Harry Jackson (photography)
Film Editing by
Nick DeMaggio (film editor)
Art Direction by
Duncan Cramer 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy (costumes) (as Herschel)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron Rosenberg .... assistant director
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Music Department
Samuel Kaylin .... musical director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Finland:K-16 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #2353) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Director Cameo: [H. Bruce Humberstone]The director has a small uncredited role as the gambler who causes the Chans to be kidnapped.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Charlie Chan:Man with gun like lightning - never strike twice in same place.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Charlie gets mixed up with the gambling racket, 7 March 2014
Author: binapiraeus from Greece

This 'Charlie Chan' movie, like so many others, picks a background for its 'usual' complicated murder mystery that's very attractive and familiar for a lot of people: horse racing. The scent of the stables, the sight of the 'noble animals', as Charlie calls them, the excitement of the race itself - that alone must be enormously stimulating for a big part of the audience.

But, unfortunately, just like with prizefighting and so many other sports, along with horse racing many times comes - the gambling racket. Because there are millions at stake just for that great little moment when the first horse crosses the finishing line... And the great favorite of the season is 'Avalanche', who belongs to Charlie's old friend Major Kent. But, at the big Australian racing event, although he wins he is disqualified for a foul - which obviously was caused intentionally by his jockey. That makes Major Kent suspicious - and a few days later, during the sea voyage to the USA for the next big race, Kent is found dead, allegedly killed by his own horse's kicks; but Charlie Chan has got a different theory: murder!

Of course, there are lots of suspects and strange events that make the plot twist more and more; and besides, a whole gambling ring is a VERY powerful enemy... Will Charlie, with the help of 'number one son' Lee (who provides us with some magnificently comical scenes here, first as a ship's steward and then as a laundry boy!), be able to track down the racketeers AND to find his friend's murderer? A great, suspenseful, intricate mystery, with NO lack of entertainment whatsoever!

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