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Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  16 June 1939 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
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Phyllis Brooks ...
Vivian Wells
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Sheriff Fletcher
Kane Richmond ...
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
Robert Lowery ...
Wally Burke
Charles D. Brown ...
Chief of Police King
Iris Wong ...
Choy Wong
Morgan Conway ...
George Bently
Hamilton MacFadden ...
Night Clerk
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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16 June 1939 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan Renossa  »

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(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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1.37 : 1
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The twenty-first of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Jimmy Chan: Pop, tell these guys I'm not crazy!
Charlie Chan: Parent must first convince self of same.
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Followed by The Jade Mask (1945) See more »

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Better than average Chan entry
25 June 2001 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

This very good Charlie Chan mystery was made at 20th Century Fox. At this time the series still had the backing of a major studio and so the production values, acting, script, camera work, etc. were of good quality. Later, when Fox dropped the series and it found a home at Monogram, the Chan films got pretty bad with the look of cheapness in abundance. But, this film had some very good actors, such as Ricardo Cortez, Robert Lowery, and the always funny Slim Summerville supporting Sidney Toler as Chan. There seemed to be just the right amount of comic relief to keep the story moving at a good pace. Later Chan entries would go overboard with comedy with Mantan Moreland and company trying to avert the viewers from realizing what lame plots and bad acting they were watching. Of course, as in all Chan mysteries, there is no shortage of suspects in the case of a murder that is committed on a thoroughly unlikeable woman who seemed to go out of her way to alienate everyone. With several characters having a motive to kill the woman, Chan must sort out the clues and unmask the killer while continually being harassed by an inept (but very funny) sheriff, portrayed by Summerville. Victor Sen-Yung, as number two son, helps out when it counts while enduring the usual number of affectionate insults from his detective father. All in all, this movie is great fun.


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