Famous detective Charlie Chan (Sir Peter Ustinov) is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco Detective (Brian Keith) solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling grandson Lee Chan, Jr. (Richard Hatch) as his sidekick, Chan also encounters an old nemesis known as the "Dragon Queen" (Angie Dickinson), who is the prime suspect.
From 1926 to 1949, publicity for this movie stated that "Charlie Chan" appeared in one movie serial and forty-six movies, the most movies made about any fictional character. At the time of this movie, publicity also declared that the character had never been played by a Chinese actor. See more »
I liked the Charlie Chan movies I remember watching on television when I was growing up, I like Peter Ustinov very much and I thought it a very bold stroke to have Angie Dickinson play the "Dragon Queen" (a role made for the likes of a Lucy Liu).
That's why I'm irritated by having rented this movie. It's just awful - truly truly awful. You'll sigh, you'll look at your watch, you'll feel as if you're stuck with some adolescent in an elevator trying out his impressions for 17 hours until they free you.
Don't rent it - it's just TERRIBLE - and with this cast, that's such a shame.
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