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
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Charlie Chan In Panama begins with Sidney Toler being undercover as a haberdasher in Panama City. With war in Europe and the possibility of the USA being dragged in, everyone is on high alert as far as protecting the Panama Canal. In fact they're positively paranoid.
There is also rumor of an international agent of mystery who is in the pay of the dictatorships in Europe. That's who the Panamanian and US law enforcement is after.
At one point Victor Sen Yung actually saves his father's life and for once Charlie Chan is grateful for the presence of one of his offspring who usually are getting in all kinds of trouble. He still does in this film, but one act erases all.
There's a nice little stew of suspects as to who the master agent. I will only say it is the most unlikely one in the film.
This Charlie Chan mystery will have you wanting to see more of them.
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