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Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  21 May 1937 (USA)
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When a strategically important new aerial guidance system is stolen, Charlie traces it to the Berlin Olympics, where he has to battle spies and enemy agents to retrieve it.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Katherine DeMille ...
Pauline Moore ...
Betty Adams
Allan Lane ...
Richard Masters
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C. Henry Gordon ...
Arthur Hughes
John Eldredge ...
Cartwright
Layne Tom Jr. ...
Charlie Chan Jr.
Jonathan Hale ...
Hopkins
Morgan Wallace ...
Honorable Charles Zaraka
Frederick Vogeding ...
Captain Strasser (as Fredrik Vogeding)
Andrew Tombes ...
Police Chief Scott
Howard C. Hickman ...
Dr. Burton (as Howard Hickman)
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Storyline

When an experimental plane is hijacked and its pilot murdered, the new guidance system that will allow it to fly unmanned is stolen. Charlie traces the strategically important invention to the current summer Olympic games in Berlin, where myriad spies, enemy agents, and hard-core criminals are ruthlessly pursuing it in order to sell it to another government. Charlie's son Lee, a member of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team, is on hand to help his father recover the device and solve the mystery. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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A stadium jammed with cheering sport fans...one hundred thousand strong! Who among them is the killer? See more »


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21 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan aux jeux olympiques  »

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Trivia

This film was pulled from circulation shortly after its release because it takes place in Nazi Germany. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie Chan, Jr. enters a room where his father and another officer are, Chan, Jr. says, "Pop, here are some cut-up tea and sandwiches," when what he really means is, "Pop, here are some cut-up sandwiches and tea." See more »

Quotes

Inspector Strasser: [clearly embarrassed] Mr. Chan, I apologize! It's impossible. Things like this cannot happen in Berlin!
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6 April 2008 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

Every four years comes the Olympic Games which is when the leading capitalist corporate brands and countries strive for world supremacy, and the hyped-up media urges the public to admire athletic junkies beating the clean and honest. I wonder if the trillions of dollars spent on it could be better used to try to feed the hungry and cure the diseased? Give me a three-legged race at a junior school any day!

Charlie has no such hang-ups about going to Nazi Germany. He wants to go on fish-hunt but ends up on man-hunt instead as secret government McGuffin that enables war planes fly by remote control is stolen. The trail and chase to recover it leads from Honolulu to San Francisco to New York and Berlin – with swift global communications it was such a small world after all! At first he's helped by little Cheeky Chan, but when he gets to Berlin no.2 son Lee takes over who is participating at the Games as a swimmer. The likely suspect is the dame in the white fox fur but it turns out more complicated involving gangs of spies and a maze of sinister characters, and all in Berlin too. It's intrigue at warp speed, hardly a second is wasted. Favourite bits: the footage of the Hindenburg (and its unperturbed passengers) beating the ocean liner's passengers to Germany; Charlie's touching faltering concern for the kidnapped Lee; the denouement; Lee continually trying to spout killer aphorisms like his Pop - or something like that!

Overall imho a good entry in the series with a slightly different format to those preceding, and I'd rather watch this than the real Olympics - no contest.


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