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Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 16 June 1939 (USA)
Mary Whitman, an old friend of Charlie's in Reno for a divorce, finds herself accused of murdering the woman her husband planned to marry after the decree became final.

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Norman Foster

Writers:

Frances Hyland (screen play), Albert Ray (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Ricardo Cortez ... Dr. Ainsley
Phyllis Brooks ... Vivian Wells
Slim Summerville ... Sheriff Fletcher
Kane Richmond ... Curtis Whitman
Victor Sen Yung ... James Chan (as Sen Yung)
Pauline Moore ... Mary Whitman
Eddie Collins Eddie Collins ... Cab Driver
Kay Linaker ... Mrs. Russell
Louise Henry ... Jeanne Bently
Robert Lowery ... Wally Burke
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Chief of Police King
Iris Wong Iris Wong ... Choy Wong
Morgan Conway ... George Bently
Hamilton MacFadden Hamilton MacFadden ... Night Clerk
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Storyline

Mary Whitman has gone to Reno to obtain a divorce. While there she is arrested on suspicion of murdering a fellow guest at her hotel (which specializes in divorcers). There are many others at the hotel who wanted the victim out of the way. Charlie comes from his home in Honolulu to solve the murder. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan Renossa See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor 'Hamilton McFadden', who plays the bit anonymous supporting role of a night clerk, formerly directed three earlier big budget entries in the series: "The Black Camel," (1931), Charlie Chan Carries On" 1931), and "Charlie Chan's Greatest Case" in addition to starting "Charlie Chan in Paris" (1935). See more »

Goofs

When Charlie is examining the police photos of Mrs. Bentley's body, they show her beauty mask tied around her head. But the mask was untied by the desk clerk to identify the victim, before the police are ever called. See more »

Quotes

Curtis Whitman: Mary is still my wife in spite of what we planned, but she didn't - she couldn't have done this.
Charlie Chan: Man yet to be born who can tell what woman will or will not do.
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Connections

Follows Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933) See more »

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Confusing, But Humorous
31 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Although this story got a bit confusing early on and was impossible to figure out with so many suspects, it still was very enjoyable to watch because of the humor.

Between Charlie's proverbs and just some humorous remarks - many by Charlie's Number Two Son "Jimmy" (Sen Yung) and "Sheriff Tombstone Fletcher" (Slim Summerville) - it's a very entertaining Chan episode. Summerville played a pretty funny lawman.

The movie also had a couple of very pretty women, most notably Phyllis Brooks.

Overall, here's another Chan mystery just crying out for DVD packaging. Hopefully, we'll get it soon.


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