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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 ...
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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
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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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Trivia

The book Charlie Chan is reading in the opening scene on the plane is "Romantic Moon" by Michael Shawn. 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

[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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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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