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Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 13 January 1939 (USA)
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 ...
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James Chan (as Sen Yung)
Eddie Collins ...
Al Hogan
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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

In the chase scene involving Eddie Collins, the monkey, and the lion, there is a cutaway from one of the ship's officers jumping on a stool to the animals. When the cutback is made to the humans, they are in the same place physically, not having moved from their original positions in spite of being involved in a chase. See more »

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Charlie Chan: [stopping angry sailors from throwing Jimmy into the harbor] Honolulu police frown on choking bay with bodies.
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Followed by The Red Dragon (1945) 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.

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