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Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 8 September 1939 (USA)
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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Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
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Pete Lewis
June Gale ...
Myra Rhadini
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Stella Essex
Billie Seward ...
Bessie Sibley
Wally Vernon ...
Elmer Kelner
Donald MacBride ...
Chief J.J. Kilvaine
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Redley
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Abdul
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Paul Essex
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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)  »

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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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It is believed that this film may have partially inspired the "Zodiac Killer" in San Francisco during the late 1960s. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: If befriend donkey, expect to be kicked.
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Followed by Black Magic (1944) See more »

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A chilling mystery with an even chillier addendum
2 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

This worthy addition to the Charlie Chan canon is chock full of the usual genre gimmicks: lightening storms, seances and Confucianism. The inscrutable Sydney Toler travels to the Century of Progress Exhibition in San Francisco to investigate the apparent suicide of a friend. Naturally his "number two son" Jimmy tags along to provide comic relief. Young Cesar Romero plays a skeptical ghost-buster. Pauline Moore is typically shrill and hysterical. There is no sign of Mantan Moreland at all, thank heavens. Director Norman Foster and cinematographer Virgil Miller suffuse everything with ominous gloom. By any standard, this mystery-thriller is a complete success. If you need further chills, it might interest you to know that California's uncaptured Zodiac Killer is believed to have modeled certain elements of his M.O. upon the villain of this film.


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