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Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

Charlie Chan at the Olympics





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Actual footage of the 1936 Berlin Olympics is rabbeted into the action of this superior Charlie Chan entry. Assigned by the U.S. Navy to track down a gang of international spies, Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) heads to Berlin, where as luck would have it his son Lee (Keye Luke) is representing the United States as a member of the Olympic swimming team. Among Lee's teammates is Richard Masters (Allan Lane), who has unfortunately fallen under the spell of the alluring Yvonne Roland (Katherine De Mille), much to the dismay of his sweetheart Betty Adams (Pauline Moore). What no one knows (but Chan suspects) is that Yvonne is one of the spies, in league with the mysterious Arthur Hughes (C. Henry Gordon). Yvonne hides a stolen secret weapon in Betty's luggage, leading to a not-so-merry chase through Berlin, and the ultimate kidnapping of Lee Chan by the villains. Plus, there's a murder to be solved, and Berlin police chief Strasset (Fredrick Vogeding) isn't about to let Charlie Chan get the credit. Ironically, Charlie travels from New York to Berlin via the dirigible Hindenburg -- which crashed into flames the same week that Charlie Chan at the Olympics was released (PS: The Nazi swastika on the tail of the airship was matted out by the special-effects crew).more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Ellis, Helen Logan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 25, 2008
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Warner Oland
as Charlie Chan
Keye Luke
as Lee Chan
Katherine DeMille
as Yvonne Roland
Pauline Moore
as Betty Adams
Allan Lane
as Richard Masters
C. Henry Gordon
as Arthur Hughes
John Eldredge
as Cartwright
Layne Tom Jr.
as Charlie Chan Jr.
Fredrik Vogeding
as Inspector Strasser
Andrew Tombes
as Chief Scott
Howard Hickman
as Dr. Burton
Thomas Beck
as Phil Childers
Edward Keane
as Colonel
Maurice Cass
as Mr. Arnold
Selmer Jackson
as Navy Commander
Don Brodie
as Radio Announcer
Frank Conroy
as Mr. Whitely
George Chandler
as Ship's Radio Operato...
William Demarest
as Sgt. Kelly
George Gaye
as Enrico Barelli
Emmett Vogan
as Ship's Officer
Nedda Harrigan
as Mme. Lucretia Barell...
Minerva Urecal
as Olympic Matron
Charlotte Henry
as Mlle. Kitty
Margaret Irving
as Mme. Lilli Rouchelle
Boris Karloff
as Gravelle
Guy Usher
as Inspector Regan
Selmar Jackson
as Navy Commander
Katherine De Mille
as Yvanne Roland
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Critic Reviews for Charlie Chan at the Olympics

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This adventure story features some actual footage of the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Full Review… | August 15, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Charlie Chan at the Olympics

Warner Oland as Charlie Chan. This time he is after spies and pursues them to Berlin at the time of the 1936 Olympics. A more than usually complicated story with two sets of villains for Chan to defeat. Two Chan sons "help" their father in this exploit. Good B picture entertainment.


Exceptionally good and among the best of the Charlie Chan films. Warner Oland and Keye Luke have seldom been better. The setting at the Olympics is a great touch and makes it even more interesting than usual.

James Higgins

Not sure why Flixter's average rating for this movie is only 1 1/2 stars (based on 2 ratings) when other CC movies are rated so highly. Makes me wonder if that's a mistake. Anyway, this is one of the best Charlie Chan movies I have seen so far. The storyline actually has nothing to do with the Olympics, they just happen to follow the criminals to Berlin where the the games are taking place. Actual footage of the 1936 Olympics as well as the doomed Hindenburg are shown. Keye Luke is fun to watch as Chan's son.

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