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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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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 ...
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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DEATH AFLOAT...striking swiftly. suddenly...leaving on each strangled victim a calling card of crimson coin...thirty pieces of silver! (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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The twenty-fourth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. 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 »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Man can more safely search for gold if world thinks he dig ditch.
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Followed by Shadows Over Chinatown (1946) See more »

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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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