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Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)

Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)

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Though the 1931 Fox release Charlie Chan Carries On apparently no longer exists, modern viewers can get a general idea of the film's quality by taking a look at its 1940 remake, Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise. On the verge of revealing the identity of an international murderer, a Scotland Yard man is himself killed in the Honolulu offices of detective Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler). The only existing clues point to the fact that the murderer is one of several passengers on a ship bound for San Francisco. In time-honored movie-mystery tradition, the ship's manifest is chock full of such suspicious types as Dr. Sudermann (Lionel Atwill), Professor Gordon (Leo G. Carroll) and religious fanatic Mr. Walters (Charles Middleton). Another murder takes place before Chan is able to expose the perpetrator with the help of the supposedly blinded widow (Kay Linaker) of the original victim. Comedy relief is provided by Victor Sen Yung as Chan's eternally bumbling Number Two son and by Cora Witherspoon as man-chasing spinster Susie Watson (a character originally portrayed as a youthful gold-digger by Marjoire White in Charlie Chan Carries On).

Cast

Sidney Toler
as Charlie Chan
Marjorie Weaver
as Paula Drake
Lionel Atwill
as Dr. Suderman
Robert Lowery
as Dick Kenyon
Don Beddoe
as Frederick Ross
Leo G Carroll
as Prof. Gordon
Cora Witherspoon
as Susie Watson
Kay Linaker
as Mrs. Pendleton
Charles B. Middleton
as Mr. Jeremiah Walters
Claire Du Brey
as Mrs. Walters
Leonard Mudie
as Walter Pendleton
James Burke
as Wilkie, House Detective
Layne Tom Jr.
as Willie Chan
C. Montague Shaw
as Inspector Duff
Wade Boteler
as Police Chief
Emmett Vogan
as Hotel Manager
Cliff Clark
as Lt. Wilson
Victor Sen Yung
as Jimmy Chan
John Dilson
as Police Doctor
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An above-average entry into the Charlie Chan series.

December 3, 2003 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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