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Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)

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On the trail of a singer who killed the man she loved in Honolulu, Charlie finds her stabbed to death when he ultimately catches up to her in Rio.

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Mary Beth Hughes ...
Cobina Wright ...
Grace Ellis (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
Ted North ...
Carlos Dantas
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Alfredo Cardozo
Harold Huber ...
Chief Souto
Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
Richard Derr ...
Ken Reynolds
Jacqueline Dalya ...
Lola Dean
Kay Linaker ...
Helen Ashby
Truman Bradley ...
Paul Wagner
Hamilton MacFadden ...
Bill Kellogg
Leslie Denison ...
Rice
Iris Wong ...
Lili
Eugene Borden ...
Armando
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Charlie and son Jimmy visit an exotic Rio nightclub in the company of local police chief Suoto in order to arrest nightclub chanteuse Lola Dean, whom Charlie believes killed her paramour a year earlier in Honolulu after discovering that he was married. Rather than cause a public scene, the always discreet Chan decides to wait until she gets home. By the time the minions of the law arrive, they find the singer has been stabbed to death, her jewels stolen, and a bevy of clues seemingly planted at the crime scene. Among the suspects are the singer's companion, an ex-husband, a Dean friend along with her boyfriend, an amateur sleuth, her rich playboy fiancée, a rival for his affections, a mind-reading mystic, and, of course, the butler. Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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Actor 'Hamilton McFadden', who plays the thankless supporting role of Bill Kellogg, formerly directed two earlier big budget entries in the series, The Black Camel (1931) and Charlie Chan Carries On (1931). See more »

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Efficient mystery with colorful performances from Toler and Yung
6 October 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

"Gee, Pop," Jimmy Chan says, "She doesn't look like a murderess." Number two son and his famous father share a table with the local police captain in a Rio nightclub, watching Lola Dean sing and dance—and waiting to arrest her for a murder back in Honolulu.

–Alas, Lola herself is murdered before they get the chance, and the Chans begin sorting through the usual suspects—a couple of romantic rivals, a secretary, a fiancé, a psychic who gives his clients spell-inducing cigarettes and also owns a recording machine….

A solid supporting cast fill their roles nicely, particularly Victor Jory as Marana, the psychic who offers his clients a "psychognosis" and is certainly up to something fishy. Kay Linaker also stands out as the purposeful personal secretary.

Sidney Toler and Sen Yung are excellent as usual as Charlie Chan and son Jimmy. The local policeman is played, as in multiple other Chan films, by Harold Huber—more restrained this time around, he's an actual detective rather than simple comic relief.

Iris Wong is cute as Lola's maid, Lili. Of course, Jimmy tries to impress her with his detective skills—"The case is in the bag. It's a cinch!"—and they have a little romance.

A memorable climax involves Mr. Chan volunteering to undergo Marana's coffee-and-cigarette hypnosis: Chan puffs and puffs, that little smile on his face, nothing happening, while the gathered suspects wait and wait….

No wasted motion in this one—short and sweet. The plot is unexceptional but the production and performances are absolutely solid: for simple entertainment value, this is one of the series' best.


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