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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 ...
Paula Drake
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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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Triple murder on a luxury line...Chan's best friend a victim! (original print ad) 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

Loosely adapted from the fifth Charlie Chan novel, "Charlie Chan Carries On". In the novel, Charlie joins the case almost two thirds of the way through the story, after Inspector Duff has investigated for many weeks. This adaptation picks up at the point Charlie becomes involved, so most of the action and clues are shifted from Duff's to Chan's part of the investigation. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Sometimes quickest way to brain of young sprout is by impression on other end.
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Followed by Black Magic (1944) See more »

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Murder Ahoy!
26 November 2002 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

This is a tight little entry in the Charlie Chan series concerning the tracking down of a serial killer on a cruise ship. Sidney Toler and Sen Yung are in good form as Charlie and his impetuous son, Jimmy. The supporting cast would be outstanding for an A film. With Lionel Atwill on-board as (I kid you not) cruise director you know you're in for a good, scary time. The Chan series was at its peak when this one got made. Warner Oland, whose dour presence had put Charlie on the map, so to speak, was but a memory by 1940. Toler was a more jovial Chan, and his good humor set the tone for the rest of the series. The actors in the film, which include Charles Middleton and Claire Du Brey, as a stuffy religious couple, do their deadpan best to keep the story afloat and suspenseful, adding just a touch of the diabolical. There's a festive air in this one, and a neat game of shuffleboard with Don Beddoe.


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