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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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CHAN'S BEST FRIEND MURDERED!... and clutched in his fingers... thirty pieces of silver! See more »






Release Date:

21 June 1940 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The twenty-fourth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »


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


Charlie Chan: Truth, like oil, will in time rise to surface.
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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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