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Charlie Chan at Treasure Island

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Director: Norman Foster
Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1939
MPAA Rating: Unrated
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Chan uncovers a murderer, while we enjoy the fun

  • Nov 3, 2011
This 1939 Charlie Chan film stars the non-Asian Sidney Toler. See my review on Charlie Chan in Reno for some information about him. The film's humor is added by number 2 son, 21 years old, one of Chan's thirteen children, who, as always, thinks he is able to help his father, but, instead stumbles and bumbles along, destroying evidence. The humor is intensified by an actor playing a servant in the film, who also behaves in a quirky manner. The humor is further heightened by Chan's statements, made often, such as, excuse please, humble opinion, may see please, and contradiction please; and his constant bowing and smiling. Cesar Romero also stars in the movie.

Chan's friend is killed on a plane as he, Chan, and his son are flying from Honolulu to California. He has been threatened by Dr. Zodiac for reasons that are unclear at first, and Chan wonders whether he committed suicide or was murdered. Zodiac claims to have psychic power, but may be blackmailing people. Chan decides to solve the case by unmasking Zodiac.

As usual, Chan offers many witty and sometimes sarcastic epigrams, such as: Impossible to miss someone who is always in heart. Do not challenge supernatural unless armed with sword of truth. Favorite pastime of man is fooling himself. If friend is donkey, expect to be kicked.
Chan saves a marriage and uncovers amurderer, while we enjoy the fun Chan saves a marriage and uncovers amurderer, while we enjoy the fun

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