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Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 1 March 1940 (USA)
Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

John Francis Larkin (original screen play) (as John Larkin), Lester Ziffren (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Jean Rogers ... Kathi Lenesch
Lionel Atwill ... Cliveden Compton
Mary Nash ... Miss Jennie Finch
Victor Sen Yung ... Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
Kane Richmond ... Richard Cabot
Chris-Pin Martin ... Sergeant Montero
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Dr. Rudolph Grosser
Helen Ericson ... Stewardess
Jack La Rue ... Manolo
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Governor Webster
Donald Douglas ... Captain Lewis (as Don Douglas)
Frank Puglia ... Achmed Halide
Addison Richards ... Godley
Edward Keane ... Dr. Fredericks
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Storyline

Charlie impersonates a shop owner to foil an espionage plot which would destroy part of the Panama Canal, trapping a Navy fleet on its way to the Pacific after maneuvers in the Atlantic. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Charlie Chan Defies the Enemies of America!!! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan a Panama See more »

Company Credits

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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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Detroit Monday 9 November 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Portland OR Saturday 19 December 1953 on KOIN (Channel 6), in New York City Wednesday10 February 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Dayton Saturday 27 February 1954 on WLW-D (Channel 2), in Cincinnati Monday 17 May 1954 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Dallas Thursday 20 May 1954 on KRLD (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Saturday 28 August 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Wednesday 4 May 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Patience leads to knowledge.
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Connections

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`No, he's Ryner.'
23 June 2002 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

In his last making of a Chan film, director Norman Foster re-makes the 1934 film `Marie Galante' with good success. Sidney Toler by now has five of the Chan series under his belt and he has clearly hit his stride in the role. Good supporting acting by Lionel Atwill and Sen Yung. George Zucco did much better as the suspicious scientist in `Charlie Chan in Honolulu` than does the Lionel Royce in this film. Jean Rogers is better remembered as Dale Arden in the `Flash Gordon' films.

By 1940, American audiences were being conditioned to the threat from saboteurs, such as Ryner, and a nation in arms. Chan exclaims `Intelligent defense of nation best guarantee for years of peace.' There are sufficient clues, cleverly disguised, and lots of misdirection, but the keen observer will be able to keep up with Chan during this case. Recommended.


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