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Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)

Approved | | Mystery | 7 August 1936 (USA)
When a friend of Charlie's is found kicked to death by his own race horse on board a Honolulu-bound liner, the detective discovers foul play and uncovers an international gambling ring.

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Robert Ellis (screen play), Helen Logan (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Charlie Chan
Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
Helen Wood ... Alice Fenton
Thomas Beck ... Bruce Rogers
Alan Dinehart ... George Chester
Gavin Muir ... Bagley
Gloria Roy Gloria Roy ... Catherine Chester
Jonathan Hale ... Warren Fenton
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... Denny Barton (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
George Irving ... Maj. Kent
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Eddie Brill
Frankie Darro ... 'Tip' Collins
John Rogers John Rogers ... Mooney
John Henry Allen John Henry Allen ... 'Streamline' Jones (as John H. Allen)
Harry Jans Harry Jans ... Al Meers
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Storyline

While steaming from Honolulu to Los Angeles the owner of a prize racehorse headed for the Santa Anita Handicap is killed, apparently kicked to death by his stallion. Not so, deduces Charlie. Later he exposes efforts to fix a race at the famous track. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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THE DEADLY PHANTOM HORSESHOE STRIKES! AN OCEAN LINER BLAZES ...TO COVER CRIME! THE INFRA-RAY HURLS UNSEEN DEATH! THE POISON FOAM BUBBLES VENOMOUSLY! (Print Ad-Coquille Valley Sentinel, ((Coquille, Ore.)) 25 September 1936)

Genres:

Mystery

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Trivia

The 12th of 16 Charlie Chan movies starring Warner Oland. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie and Lee examine the note addressed to George Chester, Charlie says it has a watermark. The camera shows a close up of embossed paper, presumably because it's easier to see. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Man who flirt with dynamite sometime fly with angels.
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Connections

Followed by The Return of Charlie Chan (1973) See more »

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A better than usual plot helps this Charlie Chan film to be more than just a time-passer
25 May 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film begins with Chan in Honolulu giving a forensics lecture to policemen. However, Lee Chan (Charlie's "Number One Son") interrupts to announce that "the big race is about to begin and I've got a hot tip"--at which point all the cops turn on the radio and begin cheering. Oddly, the race is being held in Australia and I find it hard to believe the people in Hawaii would care THAT much! Later, when the horse is on its way to the West Coast of the US, the ship with the horse is met by Charlie Chan since the man who raised the horse has been killed and he was a friend of Chan. Although it appears that he was kicked to death by his prize horse, Charlie quickly deduces that it was murder! It seems that a gambling syndicate is heavily involved in murder and mayhem in an attempt to make a huge haul at an upcoming race and it's up to Charlie to unravel it all and make sure the guilty pay.

Compared to other Chan films, this one has a much better plot, though the plot has been used, in part, before. While complex, the plot is quite thrilling and does a lot to help the film. Additionally, the best of the Chan sidekicks, Number One Son ('Lee') is on hand to provide some comic relief and occasional assistance.

Excellent acting, pacing and plot--this one is a triple crown winner of a B-movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

7 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan a l√≥versenyen See more »

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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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