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Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)

On the trail of a singer who killed the man she loved in Honolulu, Charlie finds her stabbed to death when he ultimately catches up to her in Rio.


Harry Lachman


Samuel G. Engel (screenplay), Lester Ziffren (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Mary Beth Hughes ... Joan Reynolds
Cobina Wright ... Grace Ellis (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
Ted North ... Carlos Dantas / Clark Denton (as Michael North)
Victor Jory ... Alfredo Cardozo
Harold Huber ... Chief Souto
Victor Sen Yung ... Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
Richard Derr ... Ken Reynolds
Jacqueline Dalya ... Lola Dean
Kay Linaker ... Helen Ashby
Truman Bradley ... Paul Wagner
Hamilton MacFadden Hamilton MacFadden ... Bill Kellogg
Leslie Denison Leslie Denison ... Rice
Iris Wong ... Lili
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Armando


Charlie and son Jimmy visit an exotic Rio nightclub in the company of local police chief Suoto in order to arrest nightclub chanteuse Lola Dean, whom Charlie believes killed her paramour a year earlier in Honolulu after discovering that he was married. Rather than cause a public scene, the always discreet Chan decides to wait until she gets home. By the time the minions of the law arrive, they find the singer has been stabbed to death, her jewels stolen, and a bevy of clues seemingly planted at the crime scene. Among the suspects are the singer's companion, an ex-husband, a Dean friend along with her boyfriend, an amateur sleuth, her rich playboy fiancée, a rival for his affections, a mind-reading mystic, and, of course, the butler. Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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it's Chan's most Spine-tingling mystery!


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Release Date:

5 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan no Rio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character Joan Reynolds (played by Mary Beth Hughes) makes two references to 'Bulldog' Drummond a fictional detective particular popular in the 1930's and the subject of multiple films. Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond was most often played, at least seven times, by John Howard. See more »


At approx 34 minutes the Paul Wagner character is introduced to the room for the first time but less than 3 minutes before that he can be seen sitting on the settee while everyone else is in the room. See more »


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I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)
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Charlie Chan in Rio is another highly enjoyable movie in the detective series
23 February 2010 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This is my fifth review on consecutive days of a movie in the Charlie Chan series. It's also the first one of a partial remake of a previous one, which in this case was The Black Camel from 1931 which was the first I commented on. As in that one, Chan is investigating a woman who killed someone in the past just before she herself is murdered...One positive change from The Black Camel to this one is the setting from the detective's residence of Honolulu to the South American city of Rio de Janeiro where we get treated to a lush tropical setting with occasional dance numbers with South of the Border warbling. As always, Sidney Toler as Charlie with Victor Sen Yung as "Number 2 Son" Jimmy provide amusing banter. Jimmy himself here gets a love interest with a maid played by the arrestingly beautiful Iris Wong who had appeared in a couple of pictures in this series. Other returning veterans include Kay Linaker, Truman Bradley, Ann Codee, and Hamilton MacFadden who also was director on many past entries including the aforementioned Black Camel. Another player, Leslie Denison, would subsequently appear in a couple more Chan entries at Monogram. This was another highly entertaining flick of the creation of Earl Derr Biggers so on that note, I very much recommend Charlie Chan in Rio.

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