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This is the Spanish-language version, with a different cast and crew, of the Charlie Chan film Charlie Chan Carries On (1931), in which Charlie sets out to discover the killer of an American found dead in a London hotel room.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dick Kennaway
... Elen Potter
... Inspector Duff
... Max Minchin
... Peggy Minchin (as Blanca Castejón)
... Frank Benbow
Amalia Santee ... Señora Benbow
Carmen Rodríguez ... Señora Rockwel
... Doctor Lofton
... Capitán Kin
Carlos Díaz de Mendoza ... Walter Decker
... Sybil Conway
... John Ross
Antonio Vidal ... Paul Nielson
Ralph Navarro ... Inspector Gardner
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Inspector Duff of Scotland Yard is called upon to investigate a murder amongst a group of tourists on an around-the-world cruise. Duff joins the cruise and learns certain facts about each of the suspects, but is himself shot. His friend, the famed Honolulu police detective Charlie Chan, comes aboard the vessel to take over the case for Duff. By a clever ruse, Chan uncovers the murderer. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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4 December 1931 (USA)  »

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A media noche  »

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Trivia

Some in Spanish-speaking audiences would have guessed or suspected the model for "Capitan" Roland Kin, played by José Nieto. Kin, like the good-looking Don Garcia in Juan Ruiz de Alarcón's play "La Verdad Sospechosa" ("The Truth Suspected"), (written between 1618 and 1621; published in 1634), is an incorrigible liar. Both "Capitan" Kin and Don Garcia lose the affections of a woman by their fibbing. See more »

Goofs

Whenever Charlie Chan or his wife are supposed to be speaking in Chinese, they are actually speaking in Japanese. This is especially evident in the scene at the docks in which Mrs. Chan bids Charlie farewell by saying "Sayonara". See more »

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Charlie Chan: A big head no more than a place for big headache,
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Man with substitute film better than man with no film at all
26 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

I've held out for a long time not seeing this in the hope that the original Warner Oland version would be unearthed somewhere … no such luck, as yet! So is this surviving simultaneous Spanish language version any good then? Well, it's OK in it's own right, a bit stagey but I still missed Oland in what would have been his first Chan effort. Films 3-5 also remain lost.

A man on a world tour with a group of shifty fellow travellers with fishy attitudes is murdered in a hotel room in London, and of course Scotland Yard hasn't got an answer to all of the clues presented. Two murders later and 41 minutes in we all get to Honolulu where Charlie Chan carries on where his British Inspector friend was forced to leave off. Manuel Arbo was passable as Charlie, with plenty of killer aphorisms up his sleeve – "Man not fool until he does something foolish" – but he appeared very melodramatic and I wearied a bit of his grimacing. The rest of the suspects, er cast were intense stereotypes – unwary people might wonder at the simplicity of it all, but isn't everybody and everything on the planet a stereotype? It followed the usual rules, so if you know your Charlie Chan format you can whittle the suspects down to a final two or three, or one if you're lucky. Charlie, as he did many times later cheated by applying subterfuge over deductive reasoning in his unmasking of the dastard but I could see that coming as well.

Overall well worth it to a Chan completist, OK for Golden Age aficionados, so I enjoyed it on both levels but I did warn you if you hate either genre.


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