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Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)

While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.

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Charles Belden (original screenplay), Earl Derr Biggers (based on: the character "Charlie Chan" created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Phyllis Brooks ... Judy Hayes
Victor Sen Yung ... James Chan (as Sen Yung)
Eddie Collins Eddie Collins ... Al Hogan
John 'Dusty' King ... Randolph (as John King)
Claire Dodd ... Mrs. Carol Wayne
George Zucco ... Dr. Cardigan
Robert Barrat ... Captain Johnson
Marc Lawrence ... Johnny McCoy
Richard Lane ... Joe Arnold
Layne Tom Jr. Layne Tom Jr. ... Tommy Chan
Philip Ahn ... Wing Foo
Paul Harvey ... Inspector Rawlins
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Storyline

With Charlie Chan distracted by the imminent birth of his first grandchild, young Tommy Chan persuades his older brother Jimmy (eager to be a detective) to take Pop's place when a call comes in directing Charlie to investigate a murder aboard a freighter. Charlie eventually learns of this and boards the ship to straighten out its slew of suspects, a cargo hold full of wild animals, and two well-meaning but ineffectual sons. Written by statmanjeff

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan em Honolulu 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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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Lebanon PA Thursday 10 December 1953 on WLBR (Channel 15), in Detroit Monday 11 January 1954 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Philadelphia Thursday 21 January 1954 on WPTZ (Channel 3), in Cincinnati Monday 8 February 1954 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in New York City Friday 19 February 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Sunday 30 May 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Friday 5 August 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

When the younger son goes to tell Jimmy Chan about the body, he tells him the name of the freighter, but forgets to pass along the location. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Cardigan: What a wonderful contribution to science your brain would make, Mr. Chan!
Charlie Chan: Thank you so much, but for present would prefer to keep same for own use.
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Comedy/ Drama/ Wild Animals/ Murder/
11 June 2008 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This Charlie Chan, (Sidney Toler) keeps you busy seeing plenty of comedy performed by Jimmy Chan, (Victor Sen Young) oldest son to Charlie Chan who takes over an investigation of a murder which occurred aboard a freighter and claims he is Charlie Chan and gets himself deeply in trouble with his father. George Zucco, (Dr. Caredigan) appears in this film wearing glasses that look like the bottom of coco cola bottles and is very mysterious especially when he transports human brains along with him on his travels. Wild animals like tiger's, and lions also appear in this film and there are plenty of women who act very suspicious and one gal has in her possession $300,000 dollars which seems to disappear and more people are involved with this investigation. At the same time, Charlie Chan is expecting his first Grandchild and the entire family of fourteen all can be seen visiting the hospital room. You will never be able to figure out just who the killer is, because the film goes around like a Merry-go Round. Enjoy this 1938 B Film.


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