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Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |  1 March 1940 (USA)
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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 ...
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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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The twenty-sixth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Chan: Pop, is he dead?
Charlie Chan: No heart strong enough to hold bullet.
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Follows Charlie Chan in Reno (1939) See more »

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Siboney
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Ernesto Lecuona
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One of the best of the series
24 October 2009 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Another war tinged mystery involving that favorite Hollywood target the Panama Canal.

One of the better Chan films, this film works because it has a great deal going on. There is more here than the just the a murder mystery, there are political implications that help to flesh out the tale. Also helping things along is the large number of colorful characters that Charlie and his son Jimmie come in contact with. These are a bit more than your stock mystery suspects and it really elevates everything that is going on. This doesn't seem like a stock off the rack mystery but something new and exciting.

I really like this film and its one of the better films.


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