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Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)

Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)

Charlie Chan in Egypt





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As much a horror film as a murder mystery, Charlie Chan in Egypt is one of the best entries in the "Chan" series. The story is motivated by a King Tut-like curse, which has apparently befallen the members of an archeological expedition. Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) is brought into the case when a French museum wants to find out how several valuable Egyptian artifacts, originally slated for museum exhibition, have ended up for sale to the highest bidder. Arriving in Egypt, Chan must first figure out the modus operandi for two murders in which neither a weapon nor a wound was found. The solution to the killings involves a certain musical pitch played on a violin (a familiar mystery-movie device of the period). Though the screenwriters do a good job concealing the identity of the villain, Fox Studio's typecasting policy tends to give away that identity somewhat ahead of schedule. Prominent among the supporting players is black comedian Stepin Fetchit, whose stereotyped routines may offend the sensibilities of modern viewers. Originally released at 72 minutes, Charlie Chan in Egypt is currently available only in its choppy, shortened reissue version.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Ellis, Helen Logan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 20, 2006
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Warner Oland
as Charlie Chan
Pat Paterson
as Carol Arnold
Thomas Beck
as Tom Evans, Archeolog...
Jameson Thomas
as Dr. Anton Racine
Frank Conroy
as Prof. John Thurston
Nigel De Brulier
as Edfu Ahmad
Paul Porcasi
as Soueida
Arthur Stone
as Dragoman
Stepin Fetchit
as Snowshoes
James C. Eagles
as Barry Arnold
Frank Reicher
as Dr. Jaipur
George Irving
as Prof. Arnold
Anita Brown
as Snowshoes' Friend
John Davidson
as Daoud Atrash, the Ch...
John George
as Dwarf Egyptian Helpe...
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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

An average Charlie Chan.

Full Review… | December 3, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Charlie Chan in Egypt

Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)

This is the second in the Charlie Chan franchise, and there is a certain amount of the science of modern X-Ray technology involved in the solution of the crime. This is great movie as it features 17 years old Rita Hayworth (who was using her real name Cansino at the time) playing an exotic servant, Nayda.

It goes a little low-brow with Stepin Fetchit, well, and Warner Oland's "Yellow Face" routines, but if you let that slide, it's still a fun little movie.

Taking advantage of the craze of The Mummy (1932), this mystery is about catching a thief of Egyptian relics, and covering up a murder with a mummy's curse. But, Inspector Chan was brought in by the French Archeological Society to look into things and he's on the case.

Rick Rudge

This house is marked for death.

A missing archeologist turns up dead in a tomb that he was researching. He is found with a bullet in the heart and inside a sarcophagus. Charlie Chan immediately begins investigating and is met with some aid by a family as well as pushback from a family cursed by the tomb. Can Charlie uncover the killer and his motive?

"Can I go now?"
"No. Get busy."

Louis King, director of Massacre, The Lion and the Horse, Thunder in the Valley, Moon over Burma, and Murder in Trinidad, delivers of Charlie Chan in Egypt. The storyline for this picture is just okay but the script and characters are fascinating. The acting is also very good and the cast includes Warner Oland, Rita Hayworth, and Pat Paterson.

"From life to death is the of reach a man."

I randomly DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) since I had never seen a Charlie Chan picture. The story/mystery was nothing special but the characters and script were so stereotypical and playfully written. But the characters had charm and the lines were often funny. I recommend watching this picture once and may watch additional Charlie Chan films.

"The circumstance is very mysterious."

Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins

Warner Oland does such a terrific job as Charlie Chan in this film entry in the series, it's one of the earlier episodes and it's a good one. Good supporting cast, excellent mystery. It's pretty clear from the title what the plot is about, Charlie is investigating Egyptian relic theft.

James Higgins

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