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Charlie Chan in Paris (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 21 January 1935 (USA)
Hired to investigate forged bonds, Charlie is thwarted by the murder of his undercover agent, but the arrival of son Lee helps him uncover the true culprits.


Lewis Seiler, Hamilton MacFadden (uncredited)


Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screen play) (as Edward T. Lowe), Stuart Anthony (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Charlie Chan
Mary Brian ... Yvette Lamartine
Thomas Beck ... Victor Descartes
Erik Rhodes ... Max Corday
John Miljan ... Albert Dufresne
Murray Kinnell ... Henri Latouche
Minor Watson ... Renard
John Qualen ... Concierge
Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
Henry Kolker ... M. Lamartine
Dorothy Appleby ... Nardi
Ruth Peterson ... Renee Jacquard
Perry Ivins Perry Ivins ... Bedell (as Perry Ivans)


Charlie's visit to Paris, ostensibly a vacation, is really a mission to investigate a bond-forgery racket. But his agent, apache dancer Nardi is killed before she can tell him much. The case, complicated by a false murder accusation for banker's daughter Yvette, climaxes with a strange journey through the Paris sewers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A MAN WHO NEVER EXISTED BAFFLED THE PARIS POLICE And Charlie Chan is lured on a perilous trail (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 15 February 1935)


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Did You Know?


This film was thought to have been lost for many years until a print was discovered in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s. After a number of showings in various revival cinemas throughout the USA, it was first telecast in the New York City area Saturday 12 August 1978 on WNET (Channel 13); See more »


Although all the action takes place in Paris, not only don't any of the characters speak French, none has even a trace of a French accent. See more »


Charlie Chan: [after giving money to a beggar at aerodrome] It is always good fortune to give alms upon entering city.
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Followed by The Scarlet Clue (1945) See more »

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Paris, the city of love - and danger...
5 March 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

Directly from solving successfully the London murder mystery, Charlie Chan goes on to Paris - on account of a British bank, who's discovered there's some strange business with bonds going on at a Parisian bank, with huge sums of money involved, of course. In Paris, Charlie has got an undercover helper who's been working on the case for a while and has gathered quite some information; and they agree that he and the beautiful young dancer meet right after her performance - but, there's a pretty gruesome beginning to this new case: at the end of her magnificent dancing performance, pretty Nardi is brutally stabbed before she can give any information to Charlie.

At least, he finds something in her apartment: a notebook with everything she'd found out, which contains the name of one of the bank's employees, Dufresne, who's been spending surprisingly high amounts of money lately... But Dufresne is soon murdered himself, and the suspicion falls on the bank director's daughter Yvette, who once had an affair with him; then there is Victor Descartes, now Yvette's fiancée and also an employee at the bank, their friend, painter Latouche - and a mysterious, crippled beggar who always seems to turn up near the scene of every crime...

Sounds complicated? In fact, it IS, and it requires absolute attention by the audience - and of course of by Charlie, who's in constant danger... To his good fortune, his 'number 1 son' Lee (Keye Luke, in his first appearance in the series) appears in Paris to assist his father! Another VERY well done classic crime mystery, absolutely worth watching and still fresh after 80 years...

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Release Date:

21 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vampir Pariza See more »


Box Office


$110,000 (estimated)
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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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