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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Coroner
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 ...
Wilkie
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)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan auf Kreuzfahrt  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Layne Jr., who plays Willie Chan, previously played Charlie's son as Tommy Chan two years earlier in Charlie Chan in Honolulu. A year before that he appeared as Charlie Chan Jr. in Charlie Chan at the Olympics. 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 »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Better a father lose his son than a detective his memory.
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Thirty pieces of silver.
28 June 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Producer John Stone and Director Eugene Forde's last Chan films. By now Stone had done over a dozen and Forde had directed four. Sidney Toler (who appears to be ill in portions of the movie) is supported by #2 son Jimmy and #7 son Willie (Layne Tom, Jr. who was once cast in `Charlie Chan at the Circus' as #2 son Charlie Jr. and in `Charlie Chan in Honolulu' as #5 son Tommy). Lionel Atwill and Leo G. Carroll both add to the drama but Charles Middleton is best remembered in the Flash Gordon films as the Emperor Ming. Cora Witherspoon provides great comic relief. Don Beddoe is credited as playing `James' Ross but introduces himself to Chan as `Frederick' Ross, weight 168 lbs, 5'10', and he will admit to being 35.

Fast-paced who-done-it set primarily aboard a ship bound between Honolulu and San Francisco. A 'round the world cruise by ten travelers has been beset by a series of deaths by strangulation. It is clear from the beginning of the film that the guilty party is a man dressed in a dark hat and raincoat with dark classes and a full beard. But none of the passengers look like that.

Scotland Yard Inspector Duff is sent to investigate only to die as the film opens. Interesting subterfuge will keep the viewer off balance and probably unable to keep up with Chan until all is revealed at the end. `Man can more safely search for gold if world think he dig ditch.' Recommended.


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