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Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)

Unrated | | Mystery | 8 January 1937 (USA)
A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago.

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Scott Darling (screen play), Charles Belden (screen play) (as Charles S. Belden) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Charlie Chan
Boris Karloff ... Gravelle
Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
Charlotte Henry ... Mlle. Kitty
Thomas Beck ... Phil Childers
Margaret Irving ... Mme. Lilli Rochelle
Gregory Gaye ... Enrico Barelli
Nedda Harrigan ... Mme. Anita Barelli
Frank Conroy ... Mr. Whitely
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Inspector Regan
William Demarest ... Sgt. Kelly
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Mr. Arnold
Tom McGuire ... Morris
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Storyline

Gravelle, a former baritone believed dead after an opera house fire, has been languishing in a mental institution for the past seven years, an anonymous amnesiac. When he fortuitously sees a news story about his former wife's current appearance at the local opera, his memory returns. He escapes, and, disguised in costume, seeks revenge for a failed attempt on his life years earlier. When the guilty parties are found stabbed to death, Charlie Chan and son Lee try to find out if the dangerous fugitive is the one responsible. Written by duke1029

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Taglines:

A fiendish killer lurks at the opera! Weird! Thrilling! The Master Minds of Crime Match Wits Against Each Other!

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan en la ópera See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Though only excerpts are used, Oscar Levant wrote an entire short opera for this film. See more »

Goofs

When they characters are all gathered in the dressing room after the murders and they are questioning Childers, he says he knew Madame Barelli well. What he actually meant to say Madame Rochelle (or Madame Lilli as she was being referred to). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sanitarium Guard 1: What's the mater Joe? Nervous?
Sanitarium Guard 2: Aw this job gives me gooseflesh. You're new here, but in a couple of months you'll get as jumpy as me.
Sanitarium Guard 1: Hey I've worked around sanitariums before, it's not so bad. I like the cuckoos myself. They're the same as anyone else only they're smart enough to admit they're nuts.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credit: Warner Oland vs. Boris Karloff See more »

Connections

Followed by The Trap (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Carnival: Ah, Romantic Love Dream
Music by Oscar Levant
Libretto by William Kernell
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Charlie meets Boris in this one
28 February 2006 | by Chris GaskinSee all my reviews

Charlie Chan At the Opera is one of the better Chan movies I've seen and is worth having in any collection as Boris Karloff is in it.

Boris plays an opera star, Gravelle who escapes from an asylum where he was due to suffering amnesia. He heads to Los Angles where he turns up at an opera. It's not long before people start being murdered though and Gravelle is the chief suspect but as always in these movies, the murderer is the least person you would expect... Charlie Chan and his No1 son help with the investigation.

We also get to see Boris singing in this (if it is his voice) and also includes the opera "Carnival".

Joining Boris in the cast is Warner Orland as Charlie, Keye Luke, Margaret Irving and Guy Usher (The Devil Bat).

Charlie Chan At the Opera is a must for all fans of Chan and Boris Karloff. Excellent.

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5.


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