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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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Cast

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Pauline Moore ...
Eve
Victor Sen Yung ...
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
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 na Ilha do Tesouro  »

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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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Trivia

The 22nd of 47 Charlie Chan movies. 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

Charlie Chan: Father who depend on son is happy or foolish according to son.
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Follows Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933) See more »

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29 March 2001 | by (chicago) – See all my reviews

I recently bought this video on Ebay. I'm told it's hard to find in stores. I recall the Dr Zodiac scenes being frightening as a kid and you know, there are still scenes in this that give me the creeps.

The scene where the female psychic keeps sensing evil (evil looking like two eyeballs illuminated in the darkness) and that nasty looking Dr Zodiac gave me nightmares. I wonder why they don't make a Charlie Chan movie today with some Asian actor finally playing Charlie.


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