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The Return of Charlie Chan (1973)

Charlie Chan investigates a murder case aboard the yacht of a wealthy Greek shipping tycoon.


Daryl Duke, Leslie H. Martinson (uncredited)


Gene R. Kearney (story) (as Gene Kearney), Gene R. Kearney (teleplay) (as Gene Kearney) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ross Martin ... Charlie Chan
Richard Haydn ... Andrew Kidder
Louise Sorel ... Ariane Hadrachi
Joseph Hindy ... Paul Hadrachi
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ... Irene Hadrachi
Don Gordon ... Lambert
Peter Donat ... Noel Adamson
Leslie Nielsen ... Alexander Hadrachi
Rocky Gunn Rocky Gunn ... Peter Chan
Virginia Ann Lee Virginia Ann Lee ... Doreen Chan
Ernest Harada Ernest Harada ... Oliver Chan
Soon-Tek Oh ... Stephen Chan (as Soon-Taik Oh)
Patricia Gage ... Sylvia Grombach (as Pat Gage)
Ted Greenhalgh Ted Greenhalgh ... Dr. Howard Jamison
Graeme Campbell Graeme Campbell ... Inspector McKenzie


Charlie Chan investigates a murder case aboard the yacht of a wealthy Greek shipping tycoon.

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Release Date:

17 July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happiness Is a Warm Clue See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This American TV film was shown on British television in 1973, several years ahead of its first showing on American TV; it was shown under the title, "Happiness Is A Warm Clue". See more »


Late in the movie, during his interrogation of all known suspects, Charlie is handed a crucial bit of photographic evidence printed off the 'teletype' machine. However he is actually given a sharp glossy photo hand developed from a photo-lab darkroom. A teletype image would be of crude quality and printed on thin paper with punched holes. See more »


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Misguided effort to revive the Chan series.
16 April 2000 | by admjtk1701See all my reviews

This TV movie from the early 70's was a misguided effort to revive the Charlie Chan film series. It fails on every count. It is needlessly complicated. And it is dated in a tacky, rather than nostalgic, way--unlike the classic Chans from the 30's and early 40's, which hold up. Don't waste your time unless you are an absolute Chan fanatic. Your time would be better spent watching "Charlie Chan at Treasure Island" or "Charlie Chan at the Opera", or any of the Fox Chan films. Even the Monogram Chan films are better than this one!

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