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A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie's search for a murderer on board a docked ship.

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Charlie Chan
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Kate Ransome
Robert Weldon ...
Steve Daniels
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Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
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Jed Thomasson (as Don Douglas)
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Laura Thursday (as Katharine Aldridge)
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Mr. Parks
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Bill Lydig
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Capt. Kane
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Miss Patience Nodbury
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Dr. Anne Bonney
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Gene LaFarge
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Inspector Vesey (uncredited)
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English Sailor (uncredited)
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Homicide Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
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Policeman with Checklist (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ...
Wu Mei (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ...
Saloon Customer (uncredited)
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Sailor in Saloon (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Detective (uncredited)
Tim Ryan ...
Red Eye Bartender (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ...
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
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Sailor with Girl (uncredited)
John Wallace ...
Peg Leg (uncredited)

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Harry Lachman

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John Francis Larkin ... (original screenplay) (as John Larkin)
 
Earl Derr Biggers ... (based on the character created by)

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Ralph Dietrich ... producer
Walter Morosco ... producer

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David Raksin ... (uncredited)

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Charles G. Clarke

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Harry Reynolds

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Lewis H. Creber ... (as Lewis Creber)
Richard Day

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Thomas Little

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Herschel McCoy ... (as Herschel)

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Alfred Bruzlin ... sound
Harry M. Leonard ... sound

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Emil Newman ... musical director
Alfred Newman ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

Eccentic, elderly matron Patience Nodbury has a treasure map she's inherited from Black Hook, her pirate ancestor. To foil a mysterious thief who has tried to steal it, she divides it into four pieces, three of which she gives to fellow passengers booked to sail on the Suva Star, an old wooden sailing ship chartered for a treasure hunt on an offshore island. She is convinced that, according to family tradition, Black Hook will visit her before she dies. When the peg-legged "ghost" does just that, and she suffers a fatal heart attack, Charlie and Jimmy are faced with a boatload of red herrings including Bill Lydig, an escaped convict, Gene LaFarge, a certifiable neurotic accompanied by a personal psychiatrist, and the embittered Captain Kane, who was marooned on a deserted island by his ex-partner and vows revenge. Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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Taglines Aboard a treasure ship Chan battles his most elusive adversary... the ghost of a pirate 100 years dead! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Charlie Chan in Dead Men Tell (United States)
  • Charlie Chan auf dem Schatzsucherschiff (Germany)
  • Muertos que matan (Mexico)
  • Рассказ мертвецов (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Charlie Chan e i morti che parlano (Italy)
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Trivia The twenty-eighth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »
Goofs When Charlie is down below inspecting the hold for clues, the parrot disturbs him. The next scene shown at a slight upward angle, shows the open hatch and a view of the daylight sky, you can see one of the ships masts. Through out the movie the action takes place at night. See more »
Movie Connections Followed by Charlie Chan in Rio (1941). See more »
Quotes Jimmy Chan: Hey, Pop, you're not gonna swallow that story, are you?
Charlie Chan: Swallow much, but digest little,
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