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


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21 May 1937 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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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Mr. Hopkins: [offended] Well, you must think we're all fools!
Arthur Hughes: I'm not acquainted with the other gentlemen.
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"Good hunter never warn tiger of trap."
28 February 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

An experimental plane's guidance system is stolen and Charlie Chan's on the case. He follows the clues to Berlin, where the 1936 Olympic Games are being held. Amusingly, "Number One Son" Lee Chan is a member of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team. He even wins! As usual, Warner Oland is a perfect Charlie Chan. In addition to Keye Luke's Lee, this time we get Charlie Chan, Jr. He's played by Layne Tom, Jr. and is all kinds of adorable. I wonder why he wasn't made a permanent part of the series because he's a lot of fun. Also includes one of the loveliest actresses to appear in the entire Chan series, Katherine DeMille. Hubba-hubba! She was the adopted daughter of Cecil B. DeMille and future wife of Anthony Quinn. There's also some nice support from reliable character actors C. Henry Gordon, John Eldredge, and Jonathan Hale. Good cast in this one.

This entry in the series is most notable for it taking place during the 1936 Olympics, with footage from the games including Jesse Owens. Plus Charlie travels to Berlin on the Hindenburg. It also features pre-WWII German police portrayed in a much more sympathetic light than they would be just a few years later. Although, it should be noted Inspector Strasser (Frederik Vogeding) of the German police is kind of a boob ("Things like this cannot happen in Berlin!"). An excellent entry in the Charlie Chan series with high entertainment value and some added historical curiosity. Fans should love it.


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