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
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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 »
[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!
Not necessary to take such icy view of situation.
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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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