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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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Charlie Chan: Experience teach unless eyewitness present, every murder case is long shot.
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They Met in Rio
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Charlie Chan at Fox means he has to hit Rio
4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With performers like Carmen Miranda and Cesar Romero on its roster, and with Don Ameche, Linda Darnell, and Tyrone Power looking as if they could be from South America, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, etc., Fox did lots of films purportedly set in these exotic locales. "Charlie Chan in Rio" from 1941 is one of these, though a lot of stock footage is used to give the illusion of actually being in Rio.

Charlie and son Jimmy are in Rio and go to a nightclub with the police chief to arrest a nightclub singer, Lola Dean. Dean is suspected of killing her married lover in Honolulu. Charlie decides it would be better to arrest her at home. However, she is found dead, and her jewels have been stolen.

As usual, there are too many suspects, among them a man (Victor Jory) who does prognostics, a sort of mystical mind-reading, Lola's wealthy fiancée, a woman in love with her fiancée, a no-nonsense friend (Mary Beth Hughes) and her boyfriend, Lola's ex-husband, and a butler.

It falls to Charlie to sort all this out, but along the way he and the police chief have a little fun with Jimmy, questioning under the mystic's potion, which puts his subject under hypnosis. Why did he fail math? It was too early to get up in the morning for class.

It seems not only Lola had a secret in her past -- there's plenty else to be learned.

Good fun, with a cute ending.


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