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Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

 -  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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Katherine DeMille ...
Yvonne Roland
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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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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21 May 1937 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan aux jeux olympiques  »

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

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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 »

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Charlie Chan Jr: Gee, Pop, they're having as hard a time finding that plane as we are catching fish.
Charlie Chan: Fish in sea like flea on dog - always present but difficult to find.
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Such helpful Nazis
8 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The 1936 Olympics in Berlin provide a background for the theft of an aerial guidance system in Charlie Chan At The Olympics. Back in Honolulu the device is stolen from inventors John Eldredge and Jonathan Hale and two people are killed. Clues indicate that the device is on its way to Berlin, not for use by the Nazi government, but to be sold on the Berlin black market.

As it turns out number 1 son Lee Chan played by Keye Luke is a member of the US swimming team and is in the relay events. So Warner Oland takes both the China Clipper across country and then the Hindenburg to beat Lee to Berlin. As it turns out such sinister types as C. Henry Gordon and Katharine DeMille are on the boat as well.

Oland recovers the device, but then the bad guys kidnap Keye Luke and he has to think as a father as well as a detective to get his son back. During all this time he has the full cooperation of the German police.

The German inspector is played by Fredrik Vodaging and while a bit authoritarian you would not believe that this is a totalitarian dictatorship. In fact the politics of Nazi Germany is completely erased from this film. The way Chan and Vodaging work together you would hardly believe that this is a place believing in Aryan supremacy.

Newsreel footage of the 1936 Olympics including Jesse Owens broad jump is blended in with the film. But I have to say watching this film now it really threw me for a loop.


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