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Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 21 June 1935 (USA)
While investigating the theft of antiquities from an ancient tomb excavation, Charlie discovers that the body of the expedition's leader concealed inside the mummy's wrappings.


Louis King (as Luis King)


Robert Ellis (original screenplay), Helen Logan (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Charlie Chan
Pat Paterson ... Carol Arnold
Thomas Beck ... Tom Evans
Rita Hayworth ... Nayda (as Rita Cansino)
Stepin Fetchit ... Snowshoes
Jameson Thomas ... Dr. Anton Racine
Frank Conroy ... Prof. John Thurston
Nigel De Brulier ... Edfu Ahmad
Paul Porcasi ... Insp. Fouad Soueida
Arthur Stone ... Dragoman
James Eagles James Eagles ... Barry Arnold
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Jaipur
George Irving ... Prof. Arnold
Anita Brown Anita Brown ... Showshoes' Friend
John Davidson ... Chemist Daoud Atrash


An X-ray machine reveals the presence of a corpse in an Egyptian sarcophagus. It is not that of the ancient high priest. Instead the body is that of the archaeologist who was thought to be on a trip to the Upper Nile, but is now found murdered. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Once--Twice--Thrice THE KILLER STRIKES-Then CHAN Faces his WEIRDEST MYSTERY! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 27 June 1935) See more »


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Did You Know?


Most of the music score was written for and used originally in Chandu the Magician (1932). See more »


Producer Louis King's name is misspelled Luis in the credits. See more »


Charlie Chan: Regret efforts have been unsuccessful. Admitting failure like drinking bitter tea.
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Followed by Charlie Chan in Panama (1940) See more »

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Despite having Stepin Fetchit, this is still one of the better Charlie Chan films
25 May 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Of the dozens of Charlie Chan films, this stands as one of the best--even though it sadly co-stars the biggest walking negative stereotype in movie history, Stepin Fetchit. Once again, Fetchit plays a rather sub-human part but at least he's a little less degrading than usual and the rest of the film is exceptional.

This film is very much like a combination of a Chan film and a mummy film--and because of the interesting backdrop the film seems far fresher and more interesting than most in the series. Charlie has been sent to an archaeological dig by a French museum. It seems the museum is justifiably angry because items from the tomb belong to them but someone has been selling them to collectors and other museums. Naturally, when Chan arrives people begin to die and it's up to Charlie to get to the bottom of it.

Despite not having any of the Chan children (particularly the ever enjoyable Keye Luke as "Lee"), this is a dandy film with some interesting twists and a mystery that is a tad over-complicated but fun to unravel. As far as my feelings about Fetchit, in this film he didn't act that much different than the Birmingham Brown character from the later Chan film, so perhaps I am just being a tad oversensitive. It's just that in so many prior films Fetchit was the living embodiment of all the negative Black stereotypes--so bad that seeing him once again kind of made me cringe.

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21 June 1935 (USA) See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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