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Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Horror  |  13 January 1939 (USA)
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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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The twentieth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: How long ago lady escape?
Jimmy Chan: I don't know just how long, Pop, 'cause I was almost unconscious.
Charlie Chan: Have suspected same since birth.
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Followed by Charlie Chan in Reno (1939) See more »

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Comedy/ Drama/ Wild Animals/ Murder/
11 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Charlie Chan, (Sidney Toler) keeps you busy seeing plenty of comedy performed by Jimmy Chan, (Victor Sen Young) oldest son to Charlie Chan who takes over an investigation of a murder which occurred aboard a freighter and claims he is Charlie Chan and gets himself deeply in trouble with his father. George Zucco, (Dr. Caredigan) appears in this film wearing glasses that look like the bottom of coco cola bottles and is very mysterious especially when he transports human brains along with him on his travels. Wild animals like tiger's, and lions also appear in this film and there are plenty of women who act very suspicious and one gal has in her possession $300,000 dollars which seems to disappear and more people are involved with this investigation. At the same time, Charlie Chan is expecting his first Grandchild and the entire family of fourteen all can be seen visiting the hospital room. You will never be able to figure out just who the killer is, because the film goes around like a Merry-go Round. Enjoy this 1938 B Film.


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