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Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, 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 ... Major 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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USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

7 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan a lóversenyen See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Oland kept falling asleep during a race track scene, so director H. Bruce Humberstone included a lot of noisy extras in the shot to keep the actor awake. See more »

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When the climactic race begins, only half of the horses announced (Gringo, Wild Bill, Shrapnel, Gallant Lad, Golden Fleece, Elsie Lee, Avalanche, Hold Away) match the names seen earlier on the odds board (Golden Fleece, Money Maker, Shrapnel, Blue Boy, Court Jester, Gallant Lad, Avalanche, Pico). See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Useless talk like boat with no oar - get no place.
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Charlie gets mixed up with the gambling racket
7 March 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

This 'Charlie Chan' movie, like so many others, picks a background for its 'usual' complicated murder mystery that's very attractive and familiar for a lot of people: horse racing. The scent of the stables, the sight of the 'noble animals', as Charlie calls them, the excitement of the race itself - that alone must be enormously stimulating for a big part of the audience.

But, unfortunately, just like with prizefighting and so many other sports, along with horse racing many times comes - the gambling racket. Because there are millions at stake just for that great little moment when the first horse crosses the finishing line... And the great favorite of the season is 'Avalanche', who belongs to Charlie's old friend Major Kent. But, at the big Australian racing event, although he wins he is disqualified for a foul - which obviously was caused intentionally by his jockey. That makes Major Kent suspicious - and a few days later, during the sea voyage to the USA for the next big race, Kent is found dead, allegedly killed by his own horse's kicks; but Charlie Chan has got a different theory: murder!

Of course, there are lots of suspects and strange events that make the plot twist more and more; and besides, a whole gambling ring is a VERY powerful enemy... Will Charlie, with the help of 'number one son' Lee (who provides us with some magnificently comical scenes here, first as a ship's steward and then as a laundry boy!), be able to track down the racketeers AND to find his friend's murderer? A great, suspenseful, intricate mystery, with NO lack of entertainment whatsoever!


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