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Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery | 8 September 1939 (USA)
Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

John Francis Larkin (original story) (as John Larkin), John Francis Larkin (screenplay) (as John Larkin) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Cesar Romero ... Rhadini
Pauline Moore ... Eve Cairo
Victor Sen Yung ... Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
Douglas Fowley ... Pete Lewis
June Gale ... Myra Rhadini
Douglass Dumbrille ... Thomas Gregory (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Sally Blane ... Stella Essex
Billie Seward ... Bessie Sibley
Wally Vernon ... Elmer Kelner
Donald MacBride ... Chief J.J. Kilvaine
Charles Halton ... Redley
Trevor Bardette ... Abdul
Louis Jean Heydt ... Paul Essex
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Storyline

A novelist friend of Charlie's appears to have committed suicide. At the international Exposition held on San Francisco Bay's Treasure Island Charlie shows that Zodiac, a phony mystic who blackmails clients, is the culprit. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A new kind of crime riddle...a climax with a punch! (Print Ad- Newburgh News, ((Newburgh, NY)) 5 December 1939) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Detroit Monday 2 November 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Philadelphia Thursday 24 December 1953 on WPTZ (Channel 3), in Dayton Tuesday 9 February 1954 on WLW-D (Channel 2), in Portland OR Monday 22 February 1954 on KOIN (Channel 6), in New York City Tuesday 23 February 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Baltimore Wednesday 24 February 1954 on WBAL (Channel 2), in Lubbock TX Saturday 6 March 1954 on KDUB (Channel 13), in Los Angeles Friday 16 April 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Friday 29 April 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

As Chan's airplane approaches San Francisco, we briefly see a stock shot of the uncompleted eastern span of the Bay Bridge. The bridge opened more than two years before the Golden Gate International Exposition, the film's setting. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Dr. Zodiac is a native of San Francisco?
Doctor Zodiac: Dr. Zodiac is a native of the Universe. He knows all people.
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Connections

Follows Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937) See more »

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BEST CHAN
29 March 2001 | by random_axSee all my reviews

I recently bought this video on Ebay. I'm told it's hard to find in stores. I recall the Dr Zodiac scenes being frightening as a kid and you know, there are still scenes in this that give me the creeps.

The scene where the female psychic keeps sensing evil (evil looking like two eyeballs illuminated in the darkness) and that nasty looking Dr Zodiac gave me nightmares. I wonder why they don't make a Charlie Chan movie today with some Asian actor finally playing Charlie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island See more »

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Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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