Billie Bronson secretes a package in the trunk of Charlie Chan aboard a New York-bound transatlantic liner. Chan and his number one son, Lee are met at the pier by Inspector Nelson and two rival reporters, Joan Wendall and Speed Patton. Bille, having left the country hurriedly a year ago when sought as a material witness in a political scandal, has returned to "blow the lid off the town." She follows the Chans to their hotel and attempts to regain her package from the trunk, only to be interrupted by Lee. She then goes to the "Hottentot Club", where "candid-camera night" is in full progress, followed by Lee. Already present are Joan and Speed. Billie is mysteriously murdered and Charlie is summoned from a police banquet in his honor. Present in the room with the body are club manager Johnny Burke; club dancer and Burke's girl-friend Marie Collins and the two reporters. While seeking a motive for the murder, a second killing is discovered in Charlie's hotel room, the package is missing... Written by
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This film was first telecast in Detroit Monday 21 September 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York City Friday 22 January 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Saturday 15 May 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Tuesday 24 May 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »
The plot of Charlie Chan on Broadway centers around the diary of a mob girlfriend who returns from exile in Europe. The diary is sought after by many and contains enough information to kill for. Warner Oland returns as Charlie Chan. He died not long after this movie and seems very slow and tired throughout. He's given moments of sea sickness in the early going as possibly a means to explain his movements later on. Harold Huber, the Jar Jar Binks of hardcore Chan fans, plays a police officer who is given the bulk of the wise cracks. His physical, and often irritating, presence gives Chan a chance to blend in and solve the case. Keye Luke, as Lee Chan, gives his standard performance as Charlie's No. 1 son. The rest of the cast is solid and very good at times and contains many future Chan regulars. Most of the action takes place in a nightclub, which works to the movie's benefit as more time is spent establishing plot then on scenic locals. The plot is solid and very basic. It's one of the easier Chan's to solve if you put your mind to it. Not bad considering it's one of Warner Oland's final Chan's.
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