Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

71 mins | Drama | 21 May 1937

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HISTORY

This film contained newsreel footage of the dirigible Hindenburg , which exploded before the release of the film, and events in the Olympic Games of 1936, including a relay race showing American runner Jesse Owens. This film introduced Layne Tom, Jr. as Charlie Chan's youngest son. John Carradine is listed as a cast member in HR production charts, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. For information concerning the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for Charlie Chan Carries On ... More Less

This film contained newsreel footage of the dirigible Hindenburg , which exploded before the release of the film, and events in the Olympic Games of 1936, including a relay race showing American runner Jesse Owens. This film introduced Layne Tom, Jr. as Charlie Chan's youngest son. John Carradine is listed as a cast member in HR production charts, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. For information concerning the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for Charlie Chan Carries On . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10 Apr 1937.
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Daily Variety
24 Mar 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
29 Mar 37
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Feb 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Mar 37
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
25 Mar 37
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Mar 37
p. 49.
New York Times
24 Mar 37
p. 23.
Variety
26 May 37
p. 14.
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on the character "Charlie Chan" created by Earl Derr Biggers.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
21 May 1937
Production Date:
late January--mid February 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 May 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7170
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
71
Length(in feet):
6,400
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3090
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a pilot testing a device by which his plane is guided by remote control is hijacked, Charlie Chan of the Honolulu police comes on the case. Chan finds the plane with the device, which could be sold for millions to a foreign power, gone and the pilot dead. Later, he also locates the body of the murderer, Miller. Chan, Hopkins, the airplane owner, and Cartwright, the inventor of the device, take the dirigible Hindenburg to Berlin to investigate three people traveling there by ocean liner: Dick Masters, an Olympic pole-vaulter and aviator, who did not pilot the plane the day of its disappearance because of an injured shoulder; Yvonne Roland, who visited Miller's room; and Arthur Hughes, an arms dealer, who wanted to buy the device. In Berlin, Chan finds the device hidden in a box in the luggage of Masters' girl friend Betty Adams. He substitutes a book and returns the box to Hopkins. Cartwright tells Chan that Hughes accused Hopkins of double-crossing him and threatened to expose Hopkins' plan to sell the device to a foreign government, and that Hopkins escaped with the box. Masters is now suspected because the box was found in Betty's room and the fact that he was on the boat with Roland. Roland, however, takes the box to a foreign diplomat, the Honorable Charles Zaraka, who discovers the book instead of the device. After Hughes learns of this, Chan's son Lee, an Olympic swimmer, is kidnapped. Following instructions sent from the kidnapper, Chan brings the device, which he has had removed and replaced with a transmitter, to an agreed upon location. He is then ... +


After a pilot testing a device by which his plane is guided by remote control is hijacked, Charlie Chan of the Honolulu police comes on the case. Chan finds the plane with the device, which could be sold for millions to a foreign power, gone and the pilot dead. Later, he also locates the body of the murderer, Miller. Chan, Hopkins, the airplane owner, and Cartwright, the inventor of the device, take the dirigible Hindenburg to Berlin to investigate three people traveling there by ocean liner: Dick Masters, an Olympic pole-vaulter and aviator, who did not pilot the plane the day of its disappearance because of an injured shoulder; Yvonne Roland, who visited Miller's room; and Arthur Hughes, an arms dealer, who wanted to buy the device. In Berlin, Chan finds the device hidden in a box in the luggage of Masters' girl friend Betty Adams. He substitutes a book and returns the box to Hopkins. Cartwright tells Chan that Hughes accused Hopkins of double-crossing him and threatened to expose Hopkins' plan to sell the device to a foreign government, and that Hopkins escaped with the box. Masters is now suspected because the box was found in Betty's room and the fact that he was on the boat with Roland. Roland, however, takes the box to a foreign diplomat, the Honorable Charles Zaraka, who discovers the book instead of the device. After Hughes learns of this, Chan's son Lee, an Olympic swimmer, is kidnapped. Following instructions sent from the kidnapper, Chan brings the device, which he has had removed and replaced with a transmitter, to an agreed upon location. He is then taken to Zaraka's estate, where Hopkins identifies the device. Hughes arrives with his thugs and fights Zaraka's henchmen for the device before he discovers that it is a phony. After the police arrive and Hopkins is shot, Chan reveals that Cartwright shot him, and that earlier Cartwright murdered Miller and made it appear that Hopkins stole the device. Hopkins recovers and Lee wins the hundred meter race. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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