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Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  21 June 1940 (USA)
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Charlie tries to discover the identity of a strangler who strikes multiple times on a cruise ship bound from Honolulu to California.

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Marjorie Weaver ...
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Dr. Suderman
Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
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James Ross
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Professor Gordon (as Leo Carroll)
Robert Lowery ...
Dick Kenyon
Harlan Briggs ...
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Cora Witherspoon ...
Susie Watson
Kay Linaker ...
Mrs. Pendleton
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Mr. Walters
Claire Du Brey ...
Mrs. Walters
Leonard Mudie ...
Gerald Pendleton
James Burke ...
Richard Keene ...
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On a cruise ship from Honolulu to San Francisco, the famous Chinese detective encounters four more murders while trying to figure out the murder of a Scotland Yard friend. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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DEATH AFLOAT...striking swiftly. suddenly...leaving on each strangled victim a calling card of crimson coin...thirty pieces of silver! (original print ad) See more »


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21 June 1940 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan auf Kreuzfahrt  »

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If the character name Paula Drake sounds familiar, it's only because it's the feminine form of Paul Drake, the name of the detective frequently employed by fictional lawyer Perry Mason. See more »

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Don Beddoe's character is referred to in the film as Frederick Ross, but the credits list him as James Ross See more »

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Charlie Chan: In darkness, sometimes difficult to distinguish hawk from vulture.
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Follows Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933) See more »

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How many people have to be killed before Charlie can solve the case?
5 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Investigating the murder of an old friend puts Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) on the trail of a strangler, which leads to a cruise ship where he encounters more murders. Well, the title's accurate. It's kind of amusing that several people get knocked off before Charlie can solve the case. Doesn't exactly look good on a detective's résumé.

Toler's fine but his yellowface makeup seems especially exaggerated in this one. Maybe it's me but it just looks different. Always fun to see Victor Sen Yung as Jimmy Chan. Layne Tom, Jr. appears here but not as Charlie Chan, Jr. as in his previous appearances. This time he's "Number Seven Son" Willie. Cora Witherspoon is terrific comic relief as Susie Watson. Great supporting cast that includes Lionel Atwill and Leo G. Carroll, among other familiar faces.

This one's a remake of an earlier Charlie Chan film, Charlie Chan Carries On. Unfortunately that's one of the lost Warner Oland Chan films from the early '30s so I can't really compare this to that. But this one's good, with a solid cast and healthy doses of humor.


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