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Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)

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While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.

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Phyllis Brooks ...
Victor Sen Yung ...
James Chan (as Sen Yung)
Eddie Collins ...
Al Hogan
John 'Dusty' King ...
Randolph (as John King)
Claire Dodd ...
Mrs. Carol Wayne
George Zucco ...
Dr. Cardigan
Robert Barrat ...
Captain Johnson
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Johnny McCoy
Richard Lane ...
Joe Arnold
Layne Tom Jr. ...
Tommy Chan
Philip Ahn ...
Wing Foo
Paul Harvey ...
Inspector Rawlins
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With Charlie Chan distracted by the imminent birth of his first grandchild, young Tommy Chan persuades his older brother Jimmy (eager to be a detective) to take Pop's place when a call comes in directing Charlie to investigate a murder aboard a freighter. Charlie eventually learns of this and boards the ship to straighten out its slew of suspects, a cargo hold full of wild animals, and two well-meaning but ineffectual sons. Written by statmanjeff

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13 January 1939 (USA)  »

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Hollywood, California, Monday, October 17, 1938: Darryl F. Zanuck has selected Sidney Toler to play the role of Charlie Chan, succeeding the late Warner Oland. His first picture will be "Charlie Chan in Honolulu" which will start production October 24, with John Stone as the associate producer. Toler was discovered by Sol M. Wurtzel when he looked at rushes of Up the River (1938), current 20th Century-Fox picture in which Toler is a featured player. See more »

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When Jimmy Chan (Sen Yung) is chasing after a suspect he accidentally trips over a cart knocking himself out. In the scene it is clearly a stunt double as we can see the stunt man's Caucasian face as he trips and falls. See more »

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Decent effort to establish the new Chan
1 December 2002 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

Sidney Toler makes his debut as the new Charlie Chan in Charlie Chan in Honolulu. Sen Yung also makes his debut as number 2 son. The action takes place on a freighter moored off the coast. Charlie is wrapped up in the birth of his first grandchild while Jimmy gets to reprise the role of Keye Luke as the bumbling detective son. Not much happens in this movie. Tangents are spent on bumbling lion handlers and lions, doctors with living brains and fake police officers. The movie isn't bad and I really liked the payoff. The movie suffers from being stuck on a drab and boring ship. Still Toler is established and that's what the movie is about.

6.5/10


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