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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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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)  »

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Charlie Chan en la isla del tesoro  »

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$120,000 (estimated)
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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 1936-37 in anticipation of it hosting the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-40. After the fair closed the U.S. Navy used the site for many years. Since the 1980s the site has been used by many film and television production companies with aircraft hangars #2 and #3 converted to sound stages. 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 »

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Charlie Chan: We are destroying web of spider. Now let us find spider.
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Followed by The Scarlet Clue (1945) See more »

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Probably the best Toler Chan
19 February 2002 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island is one of the better Chan movies with a creepy atmosphere, fine performances and a fun plot. The plot centers around a mystic who blackmails his clients after he finds out information on them. The background is the 1939 World's fair in San Francisco. The atmosphere is thick and moody and the first seance scene is hokey fun. Sidney Toler as Chan is respectable and fine performances are turned in by Dougles Fowley and Cesar Romero. Pauline Moore gives an often hysterical and frequently irritating performance as the psychic Eve Cairo. She fits the role as Eve is supposed to be high strung. Sen Yung is back as Jimmy Chan and provides the usual comic relief. A smooth and entertaining plot keeps the movie interesting and the ending is satisfying and surprising.

7/10


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