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Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 11 October 1935 (USA)
When a prominent official is murdered at a banquet honoring Charle Chan, the detective and son Lee team up to expose an opium-smuggling ring.


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Edward T. Lowe Jr. (original story) (as Edward T. Lowe), Gerard Fairlie (original story) | 3 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Charlie Chan
Irene Hervey ... Diana Woodland
Jon Hall ... Philip Nash (as Charles Locher)
Russell Hicks ... James Andrews
Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
Halliwell Hobbes ... Chief of Police
Frederick Vogeding Frederick Vogeding ... Burke (as Frederik Vogeding)
Neil Fitzgerald Neil Fitzgerald ... Dakin
Max Wagner ... Taxi Driver


On his return to China, Charlie is honored at a Shanghai banquet for his many accomplishments. Prior to his speech Sir Stanley Woodland, a prominent official in the colony, confides to Charlie that he has discovered some sinister activities and wants to share the information with the detective as soon as they are alone. When Sir Stanley is silenced by a booby-trapped box, Charlie seeks to discover the undivulged secret as well as the killer. Along with Col. Watkins, the police commissioner, and G-Man James Andrews, Charlie works to expose an international opium-smuggling ring operating out of Shanghai. With the help of son Lee, he survives a kidnapping and murder attempt while exposing the identity of the head of the drug ring. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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AND NOW YOU SEE HIM IN CHINA! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

11 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan i Kina See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in Detroit Monday 12 October 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Dayton Saturday 5 December 1953 on WLW-D (Channel 2), in Portland OR Saturday 26 December 1953 on KOIN (Channel 6), in Baltimore Friday 26 February 1954 on WBAL (Channel 11), in New York City Friday 19 March 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Saturday 24 July 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Thursday 29 September 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »


At 31:12, Andrews reads a note from the late Sir Stanley Woodland. We see the note again when Nash steals it at 33:40. When Chan examines the same note at 42:17, the signature is in a very dissimilar hand. See more »


Colonel Watkins, police commissioner: Sir Stanley had so many friends, but few enemies.
Charlie Chan: Only *one* enemy necessary to commit *murder*.
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Followed by City in Darkness (1939) See more »

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P.C. meters should be re-calibrated for 30's films
18 January 2005 | by robertdeverreSee all my reviews

Hi there all you IMDb reviewers. Aren't we having fun? I just watched 'Charlie Chan in Shanghai' for about the 4th time. For some reason, I just love these 30's films. Silly, isn't it? Looking at the previous reviews, I don't recall any mentions of Irene Hervey. I think she's a real dish. She has one of those mouths that stays slightly open unless she consciously closes it - suggesting open-mouthed kisses are almost guaranteed. I looked at her filmography and was surprised to see that she had a very long and full career - surprised I was, because her name is not a household word. One of the things about this movie that I think is funny is the ending. Warner says to Keye that he can go back to the hotel and make one "female telephone call" (he can call his girlfriend) - Keye says "Thank you - so much", and Warner waves his hand like - "let's forget you said that". Does anybody know whether Warner and Keye got along well? Their greetings in these films seem so heartfelt. But, of course, they're actors, so who knows? I watched the very first Charlie Chan movie, which has an actual Chinese person as Charlie Chan. He is, in my opinion, boring. Perhaps Hollywood made an attempt to find a Chinese person to play Charlie Chan, but was unable to find anyone charismatic enough. Yes, Warner's portrayal undoubtedly sickens present-day Chinese, but they should recognize that he represented the Chinese to a credulous 30's American audience as a highly intelligent, globally respected person, and in the process undoubtedly created a positive impression of the Chinese at a time when they were under attack by the Japanese - perhaps that's what Hollywood had in mind.

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