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Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 21 May 1937 (USA)
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.


Robert Ellis (screen play), Helen Logan (screen play) | 2 more credits »




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. ... 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 Hickman ... Dr. Burton


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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This film was first telecast in Detroit Monday 19 October 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Lebanon PA Thursday 19 December 1953 on WLBR (Channel 15), in Phoenix Wednesday 6 January 1954 on KOOL (Channel 10), in Portland OR Saturday 16 January 1954 on KOIN (Channel 6), in New York City Wednesday 3 February 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Cincinnati Tuesday 16 January 1954 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Dayton Monday 8 January 1954 on WLW-D (Channel 2), in Indianapolis Friday 12 March 1954 on WFBM (Channel 6), in Albuquerque Thursday 27 May 1954 on KGGM (Channel 13), in Los Angeles Saturday 26 June 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Monday 18 July 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »


The direction given by the RDF operator is 'North by Northeast two points East' Not only is the main cardinal direction given wrong (correct would be 'Northeast by North'), and 'two points east' make it Northeast by East, the direction the indicator needle points to is about North-Northeast one quarter East, about two and three quarters North of the direction the operator reads off. See more »


Charlie Chan: Good hunter never warn tiger of trap.
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"Good hunter never warn tiger of trap."
28 February 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

An experimental plane's guidance system is stolen and Charlie Chan's on the case. He follows the clues to Berlin, where the 1936 Olympic Games are being held. Amusingly, "Number One Son" Lee Chan is a member of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team. He even wins! As usual, Warner Oland is a perfect Charlie Chan. In addition to Keye Luke's Lee, this time we get Charlie Chan, Jr. He's played by Layne Tom, Jr. and is all kinds of adorable. I wonder why he wasn't made a permanent part of the series because he's a lot of fun. Also includes one of the loveliest actresses to appear in the entire Chan series, Katherine DeMille. Hubba-hubba! She was the adopted daughter of Cecil B. DeMille and future wife of Anthony Quinn. There's also some nice support from reliable character actors C. Henry Gordon, John Eldredge, and Jonathan Hale. Good cast in this one.

This entry in the series is most notable for it taking place during the 1936 Olympics, with footage from the games including Jesse Owens. Plus Charlie travels to Berlin on the Hindenburg. It also features pre-WWII German police portrayed in a much more sympathetic light than they would be just a few years later. Although, it should be noted Inspector Strasser (Frederik Vogeding) of the German police is kind of a boob ("Things like this cannot happen in Berlin!"). An excellent entry in the Charlie Chan series with high entertainment value and some added historical curiosity. Fans should love it.

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Release Date:

21 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan aux jeux olympiques See more »

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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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