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Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

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Charlie Chan in Panama was the first entry in the "Chan" series to capitalize on WW2. Sidney Toler stars as the wily oriental sleuth, who on this occasion must weed out an elusive enemy saboteur named Ryner, who plans to destroy the Panama Canal. Any one of the supporting characters might be the never-seen Ryner: Could it be illegal alien Kathi Lenesch (Jean Rogers), overly effusive Englishman Cliveden Compton (Lionel Atwill), straight-arrow Richard Cabot (Kane Richmond), slimy nightclub owner Montero (Jack LaRue), moonfaced middle-easterner Achmed (Frank Puglia), timid schoolmarm Jennie Finch (Mary Nash), or none of the above? Also on hand is Victor Sen Yung as Charlie's Number 2 son Jimmy, who is somewhat stupider than usual (if such a thing is possible). In an early scene, Charlie Chan neatly sums up his relationship with the bumbling Jimmy: "Man without relatives is man without problems."

Cast

Sidney Toler
as Charlie Chan
Jean Rogers
as Kathi Lenesch
Lionel Atwill
as Cliveden Compton
Mary Nash
as Miss Jennie Finch
Victor Sen Yung
as Jimmy Chan
Kane Richmond
as Richard Cabot
Chris-Pin Martin
as Lt. Montero
Lionel Royce
as Dr. Rudolph Grosser
Helen Ericson
as Stewardess
Jack LaRue
as Manolo
Edwin Stanley
as Gov. Webster
Frank Puglia
as Achmed Halide
Don Douglas
as Capt. Lewis
Edward Keane
as Dr. Fredericks
Eddie Acuff
as Suspicious Sailor
Edward Gargan
as Plant Worker
Jimmy Aubrey
as Drunken Sailor
Alberto Morin
as Desk Clerk
Charles Stevens
as Fisherman-Cameraman Spy
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One of the better versions of the Charlie Chan series...

September 16, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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