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Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

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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).

Cast

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
Selmer Jackson
as Navy Commander
Maurice Cass
as Mr. Arnold
Frank Conroy
as Mr. Whitely
Don Brodie
as Radio Announcer
William Demarest
as Sgt. Kelly
George Chandler
as Ship's Radio Operator
Emmett Vogan
as Ship's Officer
George Gaye
as Enrico Barelli
Nedda Harrigan
as Mme. Lucretia Barelli
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
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This adventure story features some actual footage of the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

August 15, 2001 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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