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Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)

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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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan Renossa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Dayton OH Saturday 16 January 1954 on WLW-D (Channel 2); it first aired in Phoenix Wednesday 3 February 1954 on KOOL (Channel 10), in Portland OR Wednesday 10 February 1954 on KOIN (Channel 6), in New York City Tuesday 2 March 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Lansing MI Thursday 1 April 1954 on WILS (Channel 54), in Los Angeles Saturday 31 July 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Tuesday 7 June 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). 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

Charlie Chan: When searching for needle in haystack, haystack only sensible location.
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Complex Story
13 November 2011 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

An enjoyable whodunit, this film stars Sidney Toler as the formidable but good-natured sleuth on the trail of the killer of an annoying Reno socialite. Usually, I can guess correctly who the killer is, but this time I was wrong.

The story is much more complex than it first appears. And it's not entirely believable. But the puzzle is what's important. The plot includes a nighttime visit to a ghost town, and some genuine humor in the form of a loquacious taxi driver.

B&W lighting contributes to suspense, especially at the ghost town. Casting and acting are fine, though I could have done without irritating number two son, Jimmy (Victor Sen Yung). The actors all seem to be having a good time with their roles.

Despite a weak story premise, the film gets an overall positive review from me, owing to effective B&W lighting, humor, and a surprise ending. "Thank you so much".


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