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
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Stock footage of the dirigible Hindenburg was retouched, frame by frame, to blot out the swastikas emblazoned on the airship's tail. See more »
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 »
Mr. Chan, I apologize! It's impossible. Things like this cannot happen in Berlin!
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Charlie Chan at the Olympics is a pretty good movie that benefits from a big deal plot that is fast paced with lots of travel. The plot centers around an invention that is sought after by spies amidst the background of the Berlin Olympic games. Warner Oland returns as the inscrutable Oriental detective and gives one of his sharpest performances. Keye Luke again plays No. 1 son Lee. He gets to be a member of the US Olympic swimming team amidst his usual detective leg work. The pace is quick and the twists keep coming. The supporting performances are adequate. Check the scene where Chan gives his travel intinerary to Berlin. It could easily be the inspiration for the map sequences in the Indiana Jones movies. Charlie Chan at the Olympics has some goofy stereotypes and needless subplots but is a solid effort.
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