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Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 21 June 1940 (USA)
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
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James Ross
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Professor Gordon (as Leo Carroll)
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Dick Kenyon
Harlan Briggs ...
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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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Along the moonlit decks of a gay luxury liner a pair of happy lovers stroll... and so does... THE DEADLIEST KILLER ON THE HIGH SEAS! 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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When Charlie and the authorities hear Mrs. Pendleton scream from the next room, they beat on the locked door and the set walls quiver. See more »

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Charlie Chan: In darkness, sometimes difficult to distinguish hawk from vulture.
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Follows Charlie Chan in London (1934) See more »

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Pretty Typical; Doesn't Mean It's Bad
10 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's a strangler on the loose. An old friend comes to see Charlie but stands by a window and gets himself strangled. Charlie, feeling guilt over this because the man had come to see him, vows to find the killer. This gets him on board a cruise ship where more people are being dispatched this way. Of course, Number One Son shows up, and mostly gets in the way. As is usually the case, there are bodies here and bodies there. There is the typical listening at the porthole because people talk so loud. There is the Number One Son getting arrested, mistaken for the strangler. There's the scene where everyone is in a room when the lights go out (I've seen that at least four times) and, of course, someone gets away or a piece of evidence is taken. Leo G. Carroll shows up. He was a regular supporting actor in many films of the time. I always remember him as the nonplussed Cosmo Topper in the old TV show of the fifties. Anyway, this is fun with little new to offer.


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