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Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

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Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Jean Rogers ...
Kathi Lenesch
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Cliveden Compton
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Miss Jennie Finch
Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
Kane Richmond ...
Richard Cabot
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Sergeant Montero
Lionel Royce ...
Dr. Rudolph Grosser
Helen Ericson ...
Stewardess
Jack La Rue ...
Manolo
Edwin Stanley ...
Governor Webster
Donald Douglas ...
Captain Lewis (as Don Douglas)
Frank Puglia ...
Achmed Halide
Addison Richards ...
Godley
Edward Keane ...
Dr. Fredericks
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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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One puff from a deadly cigarette... and the fleet is marked for doom! See more »


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1 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan en Panamá  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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

Quotes

Jimmy Chan: [after being kicked by his father while playing dice] How'd you know it was me?
Charlie Chan: Frequent spankings have made offspring's anatomy most familiar.
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Follows Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937) See more »

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Cielito Lindo
(1882) (uncredited)
Written by Quirino Mendoza
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One of the Best Sidney Toler Chan Films
4 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Although made before the U.S. had entered World War II, this one feels totally like a World War II picture. Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) goes undercover in Panama to root out a saboteur (and murderer) known as Ryner. Exceptionally good supporting cast, solid plot, and tense direction make this one of the better Toler Chan films. Victor Sen Yung is back as "Number Two Son" Jimmy Chan and is fun as always. His comical antics are dialed back a bit here to make room for the sabotage story, which is treated with the utmost seriousness. Lionel Atwill, Addison Richards, Jean Rogers, Mary Nash, and Jack La Rue are all very good. Interesting that Charlie doesn't show up until ten minutes into the movie. Good story and the saboteur's identity was a genuine surprise to me. Definitely a Charlie Chan film I would recommend.


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