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Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

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

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1.37 : 1
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The 22nd of 47 Charlie Chan movies. 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

[after a police investigation results in another murder attempt]
Chief J.J. Kilvaine: Well, Charlie, if this don't send me back to pounding pavement on Billy Goat Hill, I'm an eskimo!
Charlie Chan: Not necessary to take such icy view of situation.
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Chan Comes To Bury Caesar.....sort of
30 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A lot of people think this was Sidney Toler's best Charlie Chan film. I don't know about that, but it is one of his better ones, that's for sure. It featured a lot of suspense, along with action and humor - a good bit of everything that makes the Chan movies popular among its fans.

Charlie travels to San Francisco to find out if a friend of his really committed suicide or was murdered. Son "Jimmy" (Sen Yung) comes along for the ride, for some help and some humor. The story revolves around the occult, a familiar theme in films back in the '30s and '40s. Charlie provides an a solid challenge to the charlatans who practice the occult and bilk people out of their money believing in that hocus-pocus. While Chan disproves that stuff, there is one case of a woman definitely having mind-reading abilities that our Chinese friend acknowledges.

A very young (and almost unrecognizable the first time I saw this) Caesar Romero plays a magician, and skeptic ghost-buster and something I can't say without giving away the ending. He was a likable guy and a good edition to the movie.

In all, a fun 75 minutes. Now, if we could just get this to come out DVD.


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