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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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Complete credited cast:
Jean Rogers ...
Kathi Lenesch
Cliveden Compton
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 ...
Jack La Rue ...
Edwin Stanley ...
Governor Webster
Donald Douglas ...
Captain Lewis (as Don Douglas)
Frank Puglia ...
Achmed Halide
Addison Richards ...
Edward Keane ...
Dr. Fredericks


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 <>

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One puff from a deadly cigarette... and the fleet is marked for doom! See more »


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Release Date:

1 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan en Panamá  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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


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Panamá Revisited

Among the war propaganda motion pictures made during the II World War, "Charlie Chan in Panama" is one of the bests, and a fine entry in the Charlie Chan series, with Sidney Toler in the leading role. It is a likable and very amusing recreation of Panamá in the 1940s (and I may say rather accurate), with the Canal Zone US military bases, the swinging life of night clubs in the city of Panamá, the seedy port "cantinas" in the colonial section of the city, its Chinatown section, and the characteristic presence of people from all over the world, a trait still present today. Chan does not disappoint, as he works for the US Armed Forces and tries to discover who is trying to destroy the Panama Canal.

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