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Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 1 March 1940 (USA)
Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur.

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Dr. Rudolph Grosser
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Charlie impersonates a shop owner to foil an espionage plot which would destroy part of the Panama Canal, trapping a Navy fleet on its way to the Pacific after maneuvers in the Atlantic. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Charlie Chan Defies the Enemies of America!!! See more »


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Charlie Chan en Panamá  »

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This film was first telecast in Detroit Monday 9 November 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York City Wednesday Wednesday 10 February 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Saturday 28 August 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Wednesday 4 May 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »

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Charlie Chan: Patience leads to knowledge.
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Follows Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939) See more »

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One of the best settings in the Chan series
1 December 2002 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

Charlie Chan in Panama features a lush, thick setting that bleeds of Latin America and mixes it with a solid plot and a great and surprising payoff. The sets are fantastic, with lush foliage and ceiling fans everywhere and small and intimate town squares. The cemetary is also tremendous to look at. The plot centers around spies looking to sabotage the US military as it moves through the Panama Canal. Lionel Atwill lends his talents to the supporting cast while Sidney Toler as Chan is excellent as usual. Jimmy is his usually high strung self and the rest of the cast supplies the film with shady and suave characters. A great film to look at with a great mood and one of the best Toler Chans.

7.1/10


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