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Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)

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.

Director:

Louis King (as Luis King)

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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>

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cigar | tomb | murder | mummy | sarcophagus | See All (21) »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan en Egipto See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Stepin Fetchit (Snowshoes) was the first black actor to become a millionaire, dying in 1985. See more »

Goofs

When Snowshoes points his torch into the tomb (34 minutes) the circle of light cast on the walls is clearly that of another light source. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Hasty conclusion like hole in water, easy to make.
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Connections

Followed by The Shanghai Chest (1948) See more »

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Under the influence of mapuchari - or drugs in the desert!
11 May 2002 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Warner Oland works on behalf of French Archaeological Society concerning Egyptian antiquities being sold to private collectors and rival museums. Before the case is solved, Chan will uncover and solve a murder and avoid being done in. Mystery is pretty straight forward with fewer misleading clues than most of this series. "Theory like mist on eyeglasses -- obscures facts." Chan still (as usual) does not reveal all until the end although this time with the paucity of suspects it is more likely that you can guess the guilty party. Story relies more on travelog-type shots, similarity to real-life and contemporary film mysteries about mummies and tombs, and basic lectures on how X-rays work and archaeology to keep interest. It works. Pat Paterson (Charles Boyer's real life wife) does a credible job as the damsel in distress and under the influence of cannabis. Stepin Fetchit's role as a bug-eyed dim-witted servant will upset modern viewers and probably served as comic relief to contemporary audiences. Although an unrecognizable Rita Cansino (Rita Hayworth's real last name) is given a credit at the beginning of the film, she hardly has any lines. Not as good as Charlie Chan in London or Paris, but one that dedicated fans will not want to miss. Recommended.


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