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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Rhadini
Pauline Moore ...
Eve
Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
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Pete Lewis
June Gale ...
Myra Rhadini
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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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Release Date:

8 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan en la isla del tesoro  »

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Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)
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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Treasure Island referred to in the title is a man-made island in San Francisco Bay that was built in 1936 & 1937 in anticipation of it hosting the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 & 1940. After the fair closed the U.S. Navy used the site for many years. Since the 1980's the site has been used by many film & television production companies with aircraft hangars 2 & 3 converted to sound stages. See more »

Goofs

Just before the plane from Hawai'i to San Francisco lands, Chan and the other passengers are told they have to go through customs. Though not yet a state, Hawai'i was already under U.S. jurisdiction and therefore passengers flying from there to the U.S. mainland would not have had to go through customs. See more »

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Charlie Chan: If befriend donkey, expect to be kicked.
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EERIE TRIVIA
6 June 2004 | by (chicago) – See all my reviews

The infamous Zodiac Killer might have been inspired by this film. The most probable suspect, who has since passed away, used to love this movie and became obsessed with it. If you watch the film and then read about the Zodiac case, you'll see eerie patterns in the writings of the Zodiac Killer and the character of Dr Zodiac in the film. I can easily see how a young kid could be influenced by the creepy Dr Zodiac and the way he taunted authorities..just like the Zodiac Killer would do decades later with similar phrases. Anyway, the film is easily one of the best in the series and still manages to entertain and frighten a bit. I urge you to view this one!


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