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Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937)

Although Charlie and Lee are in Monaco for an art exhibit, they become caught up in a feud between rival financiers which involves the Chans in a web of blackmail and murder.


Eugene Forde


Charles Belden (screen play), Jerome Cady (screen play) (as Jerry Cady) | 3 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Charlie Chan
Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
Virginia Field ... Evelyn Grey
Sidney Blackmer ... Victor Karnoff
Harold Huber ... Jules Joubert
Kay Linaker ... Joan Karnoff
Robert Kent ... Gordon Chase
Edward Raquello ... Paul Savarin
George Lynn ... Al Rogers
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... Taxi Driver
George Davis George Davis ... Pepite
John Bleifer John Bleifer ... Ludwig
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Renault


Chan is on a gambling vacation in Monaco. He is called upon to solve two murders. One is a casino messenger on his way to Paris with a million dollars in bonds. The other is a two-bit Chicago gangster recently tending bar in a Monte Carlo hotel. Everyone is suspect and a third of the dialogue is in French. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Triple murder for high stakes! A new high in mystery excitement! And laughs, too!


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English | French

Release Date:

21 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan em Monte Carlo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Harold Huber spoke French fluently, which he puts to good effect as the Chief of Police, Jules Joubert. See more »


The architecture of Rogers' room clearly suggests it abuts a steep staircase, but there is no sign of it when Chan is in the hallway outside. See more »


Lee Chan: [unable to get his hat from the hatcheck after having lost all his comp money at roulette] Oh, Pop, I haven't got a cent in my pocket.
Charlie Chan: Rejoice that you still have honorable pants.
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Followed by The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957) See more »

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mystery and fun on the Riviera
17 February 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Murder at Monte Carlo from 1937 is a very enjoyable Charlie Chan mystery, with Warner Oland as Chan, Keye Luke as Lee Chan, and Sidney Blackmer, Virginia Field, and Harold Huber.

Charlie and Lee are en route to an exhibition in Paris, in which Lee has a painting, when they stop in Monaco. The police inspector there is thrilled to meet Charlie and brings him to the casino. There Charlie sees two high-powered businessmen, Paul Savarin and Victor Karnoff (Blackmer) playing ruthlessly against one another.

The Chans are trying to get to their train when their taxi breaks down, so they set out on foot. They find a body, that of Karnoff's messenger, in a car. He had been carrying bonds that were to be sold. The sale supposedly would have wiped out his enemy, Savarin. Charlie and Lee return to Monte Carlo and work with the inspector to solve the murder.

There are some strange situations. First of all, Mrs. Karnoff (Kay Linaker) is being blackmailed by the hotel barman, Al Rogers (George Lynn) and has paid him with bonds - bonds which are expected to be sold that evening. She needs them back, but Rogers refuses to hand them over.

The second strange thing is a woman at the hotel, a former model (Field) who seems to have no money yet dresses beautifully and lives in luxury. Where is she getting her money? There are plenty of suspects, but also more than one body as time goes on.

This is lots of fun, with Lee Chan getting into all sorts of trouble -- even with his lousy French, he manages to get himself and his father in trouble. Part of this film is in French but the situations are easy to read. Oland, Luke, and Huber as the inspector are delightful, and Sidney Blackmer is very good. The woman that plays his wife, Kay Linaker, is one of the worst actresses I've ever seen. To be fair, these films were shot very quickly, and often the director wasn't as focused as he should have been. It's one of those performances where someone asks her what's wrong and she says no in a terrified voice, with her eyes widening as she turns away.

Very enjoyable.

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