Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)

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Mary Whitman, an old friend of Charlie's in Reno for a divorce, finds herself accused of murdering the woman her husband planned to marry after the decree became final.



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Phyllis Brooks ...
Vivian Wells
Sheriff Fletcher
Curtis Whitman
Victor Sen Yung ...
James Chan (as Sen Yung)
Pauline Moore ...
Mary Whitman
Eddie Collins ...
Cab Driver
Kay Linaker ...
Mrs. Russell
Louise Henry ...
Jeanne Bently
Wally Burke
Charles D. Brown ...
Chief of Police King
Iris Wong ...
Choy Wong
Morgan Conway ...
George Bently
Hamilton MacFadden ...
Night Clerk


Mary Whitman has gone to Reno to obtain a divorce. While there she is arrested on suspicion of murdering a fellow guest at her hotel (which specializes in divorcers). There are many others at the hotel who wanted the victim out of the way. Charlie comes from his home in Honolulu to solve the murder. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Release Date:

16 June 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan Renossa  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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1.37 : 1
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Besides Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan, this film's cast contained three other actors who also played famous crimefighters: Ricardo Cortez (Sam Spade in the 1931 "Maltese Falcon"), Morgan Conway (Dick Tracy in two RKO films in the mid-1940's) and Robert Lowery (Batman in the Columbia serial "The Adventures of Batman and Robin" in 1948). See more »


When Charlie is examining the police photos of Mrs. Bentley's body, they show her beauty mask tied around her head. But the mask was untied by the desk clerk to identify the victim, before the police are ever called. See more »


Curtis Whitman: Mary is still my wife in spite of what we planned, but she didn't - she couldn't have done this.
Charlie Chan: Man yet to be born who can tell what woman will or will not do.
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nice cast with Toler as Charlie
27 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Charlie Chan in Reno" from 1939 is about divorce and murder. Mary Whitman (Pauline Moore), a friend of Charlie's, has traveled to Reno to get a divorce. However, while there, the woman her husband left her for (Louise Henry), also at the hotel, is murdered. Mary is accused and arrested, and Charlie arrives with #2 son (Victor Sen-Yung) to get Mary out of hot water.

There are plenty of suspects - in fact, there are too many, which makes the movie a little confusing. However, the good cast, which includes Phyllis Brooks, Ricardo Cortez, and Slim Summerville help the plot along, along with Charlie's witticisms and Jimmy Chan's antics.

Directed by Norman Foster, this is a good entry into the series during its 20th Century Fox days.

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