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Director:
Writers:
Robert Ellis (screen play) and
Helen Logan (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
1 December 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
PARIS! BLACKOUT!...but there's no blackout for crime...and the great detective is commandeered!
Plot:
While in Paris for a reunion on the eve of World War II, Charlie finds that the murder of an hated businessman leads him to a conspiracy to smuggle arms to Germany. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Lynn Bari ... Marie Dubon
Richard Clarke ... Tony Madero (as Richard Clark)
Harold Huber ... Marcel
Pedro de Cordoba ... Antoine (as Pedro De Cordoba)
Dorothy Tree ... Charlotte Ronnell
C. Henry Gordon ... Prefect of Police J. Romaine

Douglass Dumbrille ... Petroff (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Noel Madison ... Belescu

Leo G. Carroll ... Louis Santelle

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Pierre
Louis Mercier ... Max
George Davis ... Alex
Barbara Leonard ... Lola
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Landlady
Frederick Vogeding ... Captain (as Fredrik Vogeding)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Borden ... Gendarme (uncredited)
André Cheron ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ann Codee ... Complainant at Police (uncredited)
Albert Conti ... Travel Agency Manager (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Proprietor of Wine Cellar (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Puppeteer (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... French Cabby (uncredited)
Fred Farrell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Fleischmann ... Baptiste (uncredited)
Constant Franke ... Officer (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... Pilot (uncredited)
John George ... Victor - Notorious Patron of Gangland Bistro (uncredited)
Helen Giere ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul Irving ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jeanne Lafayette ... French Girl (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Clerk (uncredited)
Nita Pike ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Cabby (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Gendarme at Steamship Office (uncredited)
Joseph Romantini ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Tom Seidel ... Phillip (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Market Man (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Man Leaving Paris (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Veola Vonn ... French Girl (uncredited)
Poppy Wilde ... One of Petroff's Girlfriends (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ... Cabby (uncredited)
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Directed by
Herbert I. Leeds 
 
Writing credits
Robert Ellis (screen play) and
Helen Logan (screen play)

Gina Kaus (based on a play by) and
Ladislas Fodor (based on a play by) (as Ladislaus Fodor)

Earl Derr Biggers (based on: the character "Charlie Chan" created by)

Produced by
John Stone .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Virgil Miller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harry Reynolds (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Richard Day 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy (costumes) (as Herschel)
 
Sound Department
Joseph E. Aiken .... sound
William H. Anderson .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Samuel Kaylin .... musical director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
75 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #5531)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The twenty-third of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Harold Huber is thrown from the raised doorway of the hotel steps by the bouncer, the mattress on the cobblestones can be seen in the shot.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Charlie Chan:[referring to the Munich conference] A wise man once said, "Beware of spider who invites fly into parlor."
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #27.32" (2010)See more »

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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
What happened to Charlie?, 29 March 2003
Author: pmcenea from New York, NY

In my opinion, this has to be one of the worst Sidney Toler's Charlie Chan's. I say this for two reasons. This first is Charlie seemed to be a minor character in this movie. Somehow, the movie was taken over by Harold Huber's loud and chaotic character, Marcel. Somehow, someone, I suppose the director, Herbert I. Leeds, let him run wild spouting a lot of nonsense in a loud voice. Maybe the first "I see it all now!" was funny, but it was definitely overplayed. This movie could have been so much better if they had just allowed Paris to co-star with Charlie.

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