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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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Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
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Pete Lewis
June Gale ...
Myra Rhadini
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Billie Seward ...
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Wally Vernon ...
Elmer Kelner
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Chief J.J. Kilvaine
Charles Halton ...
Redley
Trevor Bardette ...
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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 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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The book Charlie Chan is reading in the opening scene on the plane is "Romantic Moon" by Michael Shawn. See more »

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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: Dr. Zodiac is a native of San Francisco?
Doctor Zodiac: Dr. Zodiac is a native of the Universe. He knows all people.
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Golden Gate International Exposition...
25 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before history gets rewritten (incorrectly) on more of these comments, this movie was set at the Golden Gate International Exposition (sometimes erroneously known as the San Francisco World's Fair) which was held in San Francisco on what was known as Treasure Island in 1939 and 1940. (There is still a small museum of Expo artifacts in the horseshoe-shaped Administration Building.) It was not the "Century of Progress Exhibition" as some people have thought. That was the 1933 Fair held in Chicago! The real footage of this Exposition is terrific, especially the aerial views. I think the writers used the backdrop of the Expo to their advantage. The magic show was very entertaining and the clairvoyant was eerie. All in all, this is one of the best of the Chan series.


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