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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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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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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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It is believed that this film may have partially inspired the "Zodiac Killer" in San Francisco during the late 1960s. 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: We are destroying web of spider. Now let us find spider.
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Followed by Dark Alibi (1946) See more »

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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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