Charlie Chan in London (1934)

Charlie Chan in London (1934)





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Honolulu detective Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) spends an eventful weekend at an English country estate in this fog-bound series entry. Young Neil Howard (Ray Milland) has been accused of murder, but family friend Geoffrey Howard (Alan Mowbray) expresses the hope that Chan will be able to locate the genuine killer. The weapons this time include a set of poison darts, while a series of cryptic notes provide vital clues to Chan and his Scotland Yard counterpart Sgt. Thacker (E.E. Clive), who insists upon calling the humble oriental sleuth "Mr. Chang" throughout the picture. Crucial to the plot's development is a fox hunt, predating a similar sequence in John Huston's The List of Adrian Messenger by nearly 30 years. At 79 minutes, Charlie Chan in London is the longest of Fox's Chan series -- unnecessarily so, since the identity of the "surprise killer" is obvious from reel one.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Oland
as Inspector Charlie Chan
Drue Leyton
as Pamela Gray
Raymond Milland
as Neil Howard
Mona Barrie
as Lady Mary Bristol
Douglas Walton
as Paul Gray
Ray Milland
as Neil Howard
Alan Mowbray
as Geoffrey Richmond
George Barraud
as Maj. Jardine
Paul England
as Bunny Fothergill
Madge Bellamy
as Becky Fothergill
Walter Johnson
as Jerry Garton
Murray Kinnell
as Phillips
E.E. Clive
as Detective Sgt. Thacker
Elsa Buchanan
as Alice Rooney
Reginald Sheffield
as Flight Cmdr. King
Helena Grant
as Secretary
Margaret Mann
as Housemaid
David Torrence
as Sir Lionel Bashford, Home Secretary
Claude King
as RAF Commandant
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Critic Reviews for Charlie Chan in London

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It was the longest Charlie Chan at 79 minutes and it was the first one not based on an Earl Derr Biggers book.

Full Review… | September 16, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Charlie Chan in London


The Charlie Chan character is still deductive and astute, but the movies are long and rather dull. I regret to say that they definitely have not aged well.

Matthew Henegan
Matthew Henegan

Charlie Chan in London (1934) This is one of the first surviving Charlie Chan movies with Swedish actor Warner Oland playing Inspector Charlie Chan. The other movies, Charlie Chan Carrie On (1931), Charlie Chan's Chance (1932), Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933) and Charlie Chan's Courage (1934) are forever lost to us. Charlie Chan has been a racist stereotype, but the author, Earl Derr Biggers took the Charlie Chan character based on an actual Hawaiian police detective, and although Oland is playing in "Yellow Face" he is considered the better Charlie Chans in the franchise. Hugh Gray (Douglas Walton) is nervously staying in Death Row while his Sister Pamela (Drue Leyton) is anxiously trying to get a stay of execution with her fiancee, Neil Howard (Ray Milland) and Geoffrey Richmond (Alan Mowbray), who are talking to anyone who will listen to them, without success. Then Inspector Chan shows up in town, and is asked to see what he can come up with. Chan goes to Geoffrey Richmond's mansion during fox hunting season to get all of the suspects together to re-inact the crime, while time is running out.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

One of the earliest and also one of the best in the Charlie Chan series. Warner Oland plays Detective Chan in this one, set in London. The accused sister believes the man charged with the murder to be innocent and Charlie is brought in to investigate.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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