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Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

When a strategically important new aerial guidance system is stolen, Charlie traces it to the Berlin Olympics, where he has to battle spies and enemy agents to retrieve it.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Charlie Chan
Katherine DeMille ... Yvonne Roland
Pauline Moore ... Betty Adams
Allan Lane ... Richard Masters
Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
C. Henry Gordon ... Arthur Hughes
John Eldredge ... Cartwright
Layne Tom Jr. Layne Tom Jr. ... Charlie Chan Jr.
Jonathan Hale ... Hopkins
Morgan Wallace ... Honorable Charles Zaraka
Frederick Vogeding Frederick Vogeding ... Captain Strasser (as Fredrik Vogeding)
Andrew Tombes ... Police Chief Scott
Howard C. Hickman ... Dr. Burton (as Howard Hickman)
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Storyline

When an experimental plane is hijacked and its pilot murdered, the new guidance system that will allow it to fly unmanned is stolen. Charlie traces the strategically important invention to the current summer Olympic games in Berlin, where myriad spies, enemy agents, and hard-core criminals are ruthlessly pursuing it in order to sell it to another government. Charlie's son Lee, a member of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team, is on hand to help his father recover the device and solve the mystery. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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DEATH FIRES THE STARTING GUN!...and you'll be breathless at the finish! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan aux jeux olympiques See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While several views of swastika flags were blotted out, other instances of Nazism were missed, e.g. as the German torch bearer turns left into the grand stadium avenue, in lower left corner of screen can be seen four militarily clan males giving the Nazi salute plus as the same torch bearer descends the stadium steps all the youths lining the way are giving the Nazi salute even with four outstretched arms in very front of the camera. See more »

Goofs

The radio direction finder used by the German Police is clearly marked as made by an American Company and sports a compass rose marked in English ('E' for East and so on, instead 'O' for Osten). Even if the German police would operate imported equipment, the markings would be in German. And it is unlikely that the Nazi regime would allow import of anything the German industry was able to produce, not to mention that German radio equipment of the time was among the best in the world. See more »

Quotes

Lee Chan: [Shocked that Charlie has accepted an invitation] Zaraka? You've never met him!
Charlie Chan: Have never met Santa Claus either. Yet still accept gifts from same.
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Sports, Spies, and Murder
19 January 2005 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Charlie discovers the body of a pilot who was missing for days following a test flight using a remote control navigation system, which is missing from the plane. Charlie discovers that the killer, Miller, worked at an airplane factory in Honolulu, but is found murdered in his apartment before he can be questioned. The suspects of being the sinister power behind the theft are headed towards Berlin, not only to watch the Olympics, but to sell the remote control unit. Charlie takes the Hindenburg to Berlin and is joined by son Lee (who is entered in the 100m swimming relay) to track down Yvonne Rowland, who was seen in Miller's apartment, and who has contacted Baron Zaraka, dignitary for a warring nation. Knowing that Chan is on the case, Zaraka has Lee kidnapped and will turn him over to Charlie in exchange for the remote control device. Charlie tries to dupe the spies, even though he knows that his son is at their mercy. Very good Chan film that places the emphasis on foreign intrigue rather than mystery (and is able to succeed). Oland does turn in one of his best performances as the character, due to the character's development from the genial detective to the worried parent. The Olympics angle does give an interesting aspect of the film towards today's audiences giving an idea of the athletes back then (and the subtraction of the Nazi influence over the games). The climax to the mystery (which is suspenseful) and the revelation of the killer's motive seems to suggest that the film was trying to bloat the mystery angle of the film more. Rating, based on B mysteries, 7.


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