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Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)

 -  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 overview, first billed only:
Marjorie Weaver ...
Paula Drake
Dr. Suderman
Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
Robert Lowery ...
Dick Kenyon
James Ross
Professor Gordon (as Leo Carroll)
Cora Witherspoon ...
Susie Watson
Kay Linaker ...
Mrs. Pendleton
Harlan Briggs ...
Mr. Walters
Claire Du Brey ...
Mrs. Walters
Leonard Mudie ...
Gerald Pendleton
James Burke ...
Richard Keene ...


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 <>

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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's Murder Cruise  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Not a Love Boat type cruise
8 June 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

An old Scotland Yard Inspector friend Montague Shaw drops in on Charlie Chan in Honolulu asking for his help in catching a murderer whom he believes is on a cruise bound for San Francisco. Shortly afterward Shaw is strangled and Sidney Toler now has a personal reason for taking over Shaw's investigation.

Also coming along is Number 2 son Victor Sen Yung as usual providing his unwanted assistance to Pop. Number 2 son as a stowaway earns his passage as a steward's assistant, but does prove useful in being able to search cabins of cruise passengers.

With such worthy villainous types as Lionel Atwill, Leo G. Carroll, Charles Middleton, and Leonard Mudie in the cast it's going to be difficult to tell who the perpetrator can be. All have been cast as villains in many films. Jewelry salesman Don Beddoe also winds up dead before the cruise is over.

With a really good cast to provide believable red herrings Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise is a top drawer feature of the Charlie Chan series. Captain Stubing never saw things like this going on with the Love Boat.

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