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Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Horror  |  8 September 1939 (USA)
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Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.

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Pauline Moore ...
Eve
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Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
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Pete Lewis
June Gale ...
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Thomas Gregory (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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Stella Essex
Billie Seward ...
Bessie Sibley
Wally Vernon ...
Elmer Kelner
Donald MacBride ...
Chief J.J. Kilvaine
Charles Halton ...
Redley
Trevor Bardette ...
Abdul
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Paul Essex
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Storyline

A novelist friend of Charlie's appears to have committed suicide. At the international Exposition held on San Francisco Bay's Treasure Island Charlie shows that Zodiac, a phony mystic who blackmails clients, is the culprit. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The strange case of murder by magic!


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8 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan en la isla del tesoro  »

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$120,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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The 22nd of 47 Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Goofs

As Chan's airplane approaches San Francisco, we briefly see a stock shot of the uncompleted eastern span of the Bay Bridge. The bridge opened more than two years before the Golden Gate International Exposition, the film's setting. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Criminal egotist finds pleasure in laughing at police.
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Followed by Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981) See more »

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Golden Gate International Exposition...
25 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before history gets rewritten (incorrectly) on more of these comments, this movie was set at the Golden Gate International Exposition (sometimes erroneously known as the San Francisco World's Fair) which was held in San Francisco on what was known as Treasure Island in 1939 and 1940. (There is still a small museum of Expo artifacts in the horseshoe-shaped Administration Building.) It was not the "Century of Progress Exhibition" as some people have thought. That was the 1933 Fair held in Chicago! The real footage of this Exposition is terrific, especially the aerial views. I think the writers used the backdrop of the Expo to their advantage. The magic show was very entertaining and the clairvoyant was eerie. All in all, this is one of the best of the Chan series.


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