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Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 8 October 1937 (USA)
Returning from European exile where she avoided testifying against her criminal associates, a former singer with a tell-all diary is murdered to ensure her silence.


Eugene Forde


Charles Belden (screen play), Jerome Cady (screen play) (as Jerry Cady) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Charlie Chan
Keye Luke ... Lee Chan
Joan Marsh ... Joan Wendall
J. Edward Bromberg ... Murdock
Douglas Fowley ... Johnny Burke
Harold Huber ... Inspector Nelson
Donald Woods ... Speed Patten
Louise Henry ... Billie Bronson
Joan Woodbury ... Marie Collins
Leon Ames ... Buzz Moran
Marc Lawrence ... Thomas Mitchell
Toshia Mori ... Ling Tse (as Tashia Mori)
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Meeker
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Louie


Billie Bronson secretes a package in the trunk of Charlie Chan aboard a New York-bound transatlantic liner. Chan and his number one son, Lee are met at the pier by Inspector Nelson and two rival reporters, Joan Wendall and Speed Patton. Bille, having left the country hurriedly a year ago when sought as a material witness in a political scandal, has returned to "blow the lid off the town." She follows the Chans to their hotel and attempts to regain her package from the trunk, only to be interrupted by Lee. She then goes to the "Hottentot Club", where "candid-camera night" is in full progress, followed by Lee. Already present are Joan and Speed. Billie is mysteriously murdered and Charlie is summoned from a police banquet in his honor. Present in the room with the body are club manager Johnny Burke; club dancer and Burke's girl-friend Marie Collins and the two reporters. While seeking a motive for the murder, a second killing is discovered in Charlie's hotel room, the package is missing... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DEATH STRIKES TWICE IN MANHATTAN'S GAYEST SPOTS! (Print Ad- Askov American. ((Askov, Minn.)) 11 November 1937)


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This film was first telecast in Detroit Monday 21 September 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Philadelphia Thursday 8 October 1953 on WPTZ (Channel 3), in Dayton Saturday 9 January 1954 on WLW-D (Channel 2), in New York City Friday 22 January 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Atlanta Monday 22 February 1954 on WLW-A (Channel 11), in Indianapolis Friday 26 February 1954 on WFBM (Channel 6), in Lebanon PA Friday 12 March 1954 on WLBR (Channel 15), in Los Angeles Saturday 15 May 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Monday 14 June 1954 on WLW-T (Channel 5), and in San Francisco Tuesday 24 May 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »


The policeman says that the fingerprints on the gun belong to a woman. It is now possible to tell the sex of the person who made a fingerprint but it was not when the movie was made. See more »


Lee Chan, #1 Son: Gee, Pop, you sure missed a wonderful luncheon!
Charlie Chan: [at the shiprail suffering from seasickness] Contradiction, please. Not having eaten have missed nothing.
Lee Chan, #1 Son: I had turtle soup, chicken a la king, and three cream puffs. Then I had some ice cream.
Charlie Chan: Please stop! Mention of food more painful than surgeon's knife without anesthesia.
Lee Chan, #1 Son: Shall I get you medicine, Pop?
Charlie Chan: Good dose of land only effective medicine.
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Donald Woods is credited by his name in the main credits, but as "Donald Wood" in the end credits. See more »


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Why Broadway? Nothing Much About the Theter
5 January 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A young woman, Billie, puts a package in a trunk belonging to Charlie Chan. Charlie is with his number one son. He is there to be honored at a luncheon. A woman is killed and it proves to be Billie. While things are being investigated the prime suspect gets out the door. Soon another person is murdered in Charlie's room. There is an incriminating diary involved. As is usually the case, Lee gets in the middle of everything. One thing I've noticed about Keye Luke's voice is so loud. Frequently there is someone outside the door or at a window. He continues to provide comic relief. One of the things about this episode is that there is little if any mention of the Great White Way.

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Release Date:

8 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan na Broadway 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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