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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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Complete credited cast:
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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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DEATH FIRES THE STARTING GUN!...and you'll be breathless at the finish! See more »


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21 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan aux jeux olympiques  »

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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 »

Goofs

The direction given by the RDF operator is 'North by Northeast two points East' Not only is the main cardinal direction given wrong (correct would be 'Northeast by North'), and 'two points east' make it Northeast by East, the direction the indicator needle points to is about North-Northeast one quarter East, about two and three quarters North of the direction the operator reads off. See more »

Quotes

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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Solid effort
19 February 2002 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

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.

6.6/10


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