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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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Complete credited cast:
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Phyllis Brooks ...
Judy Hayes
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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Storyline

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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Charlie Chan em Honolulu  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Among other actors considered and tested for the new Charlie Chan were Cy Kendall, Walter Connolly, J. Edward Bromberg, Noah Beery Jr., Michael Visaroff, and Leo Carillo. Kendall and Connelly had played Chan on radio. 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

Capt. Johnson: Who're you?
Charlie Chan: Lt. Chan, Honolulu police.
Capt. Johnson: [referring to Jimmy] Lt. Chan? Well, then, who is this young squirt?
Charlie Chan: Young squirt merely chip masquerading as block.
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Most Enjoyable Charlie Chan
28 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has to be the wildest of the Charlie Chan movies I've seen. It was Sidney Toler's first effort in the lead role, replacing Warner Oland, and it featured more comedy than any other Chan film to that point.

In this film, Chan and his number two son Tommy, his number five son Charlie Jr., and others including a doctor who keeps a live brain in his suitcase, all provide laughs. Along the way is a funny-faced lunatic animal keeper and a lion on the loose. They provide a lot of laughs.

As far as suspects go, there is a strange psychiatrist (the one with the portable brain), two pretty women, two ship's captains, a guy disguised as a cop and his suspect. I told you it was wild. It's too difficult to figure out "whodunnit," so you just sit back and enjoy the wild action and humor.

Yeah, it's silly.....but it''s tremendously enjoyable.


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