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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Beth Hughes ...
Joan Reynolds
Cobina Wright ...
Grace Ellis (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
Ted North ...
Carlos Dantas
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 ...
Iris Wong ...
Eugene Borden ...


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 (

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it's Chan's most Spine-tingling mystery!





Release Date:

5 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan no Rio  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Charlie Chan: Experience teach unless eyewitness present, every murder case is long shot.
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Followed by Dark Alibi (1946) See more »


They Met in Rio
Music by Harry Warren
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An extradition job leads to murder
4 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although 20th Century Fox even gave Harry Warren and Mack Gordon an opportunity for an original song in Charlie Chan In Reno, the plot is recycled from The Black Camel the second film of the Charlie Chan series that starred Warner Oland ten years earlier. The plot has Charlie and son Victor Sen Yung in Rio DeJaneiro on an extradition charge to arrest and bring Jacqueline Dalya back to Honolulu to face a murder rap.

Dalya is a singer in a Rio nightclub and Sidney Toler and Brazilian police inspector Harold Huber decide to let her finish her act and arrest her at her home. But when they get there she's already been stabbed to death with several guests already there for a dinner party.

Which gives Toler a whole house full of suspects of both sexes. Apparently Dalya played around a lot and she's got some jealous women and men whom they're jealous over.

I won't say who did it, but it does go back to the case that Toler is in Rio on.

This was the next to last film in the Charlie Chan series that 20th Century Fox did and clearly they were running out of ideas and interest in the series. Charlie after one more picture would be doing his sleuthing for Monogram with much reduced production values even from a B picture at a major studio.

Still this one should satisfy Charlie's fans.

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