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Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)

PG | | Comedy, Mystery | February 1981 (USA)
Famous detective Charlie Chan is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco detective solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling grandson as his sidekick, Chan also ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charlie Chan
... Mrs. Lupowitz
... Dragon Queen
... Lee Chan, Jr.
... Police Chief
... Gillespie
... Mrs. Dangers
... Cordelia
Paul Ryan ... Masten
... Stefan
Bennett Ohta ... Hawaiian Chief of Police
David Hirokane ... Lee Chan Sr.
Karlene Crockett ... Brenda Lupowitz
... Bernard Lupowitz
James Ray ... Haynes
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Famous detective Charlie Chan is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco detective solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling grandson as his sidekick, Chan also encounters an old nemesis known as the Dragon Queen who is the prime suspect. Written by Anonymous

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Murderer force victim to eat 10,000 goldfish. First time fish stuff man. See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

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Charlie Chan contra la reina dragón  »

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The first of 3 films in which Lee Grant and Roddy McDowall work together. The second was "Million Dollar Face" (1981); and the third and final was "It's My Party" (1996.) See more »

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Follows Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
Performed by Michelle Pfeiffer and Richard Hatch
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It is FUN!
3 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is not a great movie, yet my wife and I laughed ourselves into pain. The great Peter Ustinov spins his previous role in oriental parody from "One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing"; Richard Hatch creates the most incompetent bumbler in decades of motion picture bumblers with some hilarious slapstick results; Lee Grant is a gorgeous grandmother; Roddy McDowell is the supercilious butler in a motorized wheelchair; and Michelle Pfeiffer is a ditzy Goldie Hawn clone - as well as being luminously beautiful and excellent at playing a brainless idealist just perfectly designed for the klutzy Lee Chan Jr. It is designed for fans of Charlie Chan, and it is a parody, but a loving one. The topical references are side-splitting; it helps to be old enough to have been an adult in 1981. The references to other movies abound, some subtle some obvious. The visual humour is on the level of slaps with a halibut but fun nonetheless. I gather the movie was a critical and box office flop. Even I missed it back then but I find it a guilty pleasure to disagree with almost everyone else on earth (except my wife, and that is what counts for more!): I enjoyed this idiotic little movie. And the dog deserved an Oscar.


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