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:
Pauline Moore ...
Betty Adams
Richard Masters
C. Henry Gordon ...
Arthur Hughes
John Eldredge ...
Layne Tom Jr. ...
Charlie Chan Jr.
Jonathan Hale ...
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)


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 (

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Release Date:

21 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan aux jeux olympiques  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fourteenth of sixteen Charlie Chan movies starring Warner Oland. See more »


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Charlie wins a Gold
11 August 2000 | by (Panama City, Panama) – See all my reviews

excellent in all respects.Probably one of the finest in the entire series. The setting is unique and it's a well done mystery. Documentary footage of the '36 Olympics and the Hindenberg are well situated in this drama. The political atmosphere of Germany during the mid-late 30's is, however, overlooked. Warner Oland again is at his best.This is a must see for Chan fans

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