Charlie Chan in London (1934)

77-79 mins | Drama | 12 September 1934

Director:

Eugene Forde

Producer:

John Stone

Cinematographer:

L. W. O'Connell

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

This was the first film of the "Charlie Chan" series that was not based on a particular novel by Chan's creator, Earl Derr Biggers. NYT commented that this film, written by Philip MacDonald, a noted detective novelist himself, "maintains the Chan tradition." For information concerning the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for Charlie Chan Carries On ... More Less

This was the first film of the "Charlie Chan" series that was not based on a particular novel by Chan's creator, Earl Derr Biggers. NYT commented that this film, written by Philip MacDonald, a noted detective novelist himself, "maintains the Chan tradition." For information concerning the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for Charlie Chan Carries On . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
9 Jul 34
p. 5.
Film Daily
13 Sep 34
p. 6.
Harrison's Reports
15 Sep 34
p. 146.
HF
4 Aug 34
p. 8.
International Photographer
Aug 34
p. 17.
Motion Picture Daily
Sep 34
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
Sep 34
p. 42.
New York Times
Sep 34
p. 26.
Variety
18 Sep 34
p. 11.
CAST
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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Gowns
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LITERARY
Based on the character "Charlie Chan" created by Earl Derr Biggers.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
12 September 1934
Production Date:
9 July--early August 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 September 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4951
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77-79
Length(in feet):
7,026
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
171
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Pamela Gray goes with Geoffrey Richmond to appeal to the Home Secretary to intervene and stop the planned hanging of her brother Paul, Richmond's former hunt secretary, in three days for the murder of Captain Hamilton of the Royal Air Force, who had been a guest at Richmond's country home at Retfordshire. After the Home Secretary refuses to help, Kemp, his private secretary, instructs Pamela and her fiancé, Neil Howard, to seek the help of Inspector Charlie Chan of the Honolulu police department, who has captured in Honolulu and brought back to London a wanted British criminal. When Neil, who is Paul's barrister, tells Chan that he believes that Paul is guilty, Pamela overhears the conversation and breaks their engagement. Chan, who wants to help, follows her to Retfordshire, where guests are gathered for a hunt. After Lake, the stud groom who, Chan suspects, knows more than he admits, is found dead with a suicide note, Chan, while investigating in the study, is almost killed by a missile from an air-blown pistol. The next day, during the hunt, Chan goes to the Farmwell Aerodrome, where he learns that Hamilton, an inventor, had developed a scheme for silencing war planes just before he died. Returning to the hunt, Chan learns that Richmond's fiancée, Lady Mary Bristol, who had important evidence to tell Chan, had a near-fatal riding accident because pepper was put on her horse's eyes. After Chan tells the suspected guests that the murderer's fingerprints will be on the missing plans, he tricks Richmond into firing at him with a gun filled with blanks as Chan seemingly finds the papers. Richmond is revealed to ... +


Pamela Gray goes with Geoffrey Richmond to appeal to the Home Secretary to intervene and stop the planned hanging of her brother Paul, Richmond's former hunt secretary, in three days for the murder of Captain Hamilton of the Royal Air Force, who had been a guest at Richmond's country home at Retfordshire. After the Home Secretary refuses to help, Kemp, his private secretary, instructs Pamela and her fiancé, Neil Howard, to seek the help of Inspector Charlie Chan of the Honolulu police department, who has captured in Honolulu and brought back to London a wanted British criminal. When Neil, who is Paul's barrister, tells Chan that he believes that Paul is guilty, Pamela overhears the conversation and breaks their engagement. Chan, who wants to help, follows her to Retfordshire, where guests are gathered for a hunt. After Lake, the stud groom who, Chan suspects, knows more than he admits, is found dead with a suicide note, Chan, while investigating in the study, is almost killed by a missile from an air-blown pistol. The next day, during the hunt, Chan goes to the Farmwell Aerodrome, where he learns that Hamilton, an inventor, had developed a scheme for silencing war planes just before he died. Returning to the hunt, Chan learns that Richmond's fiancée, Lady Mary Bristol, who had important evidence to tell Chan, had a near-fatal riding accident because pepper was put on her horse's eyes. After Chan tells the suspected guests that the murderer's fingerprints will be on the missing plans, he tricks Richmond into firing at him with a gun filled with blanks as Chan seemingly finds the papers. Richmond is revealed to be a spy whom military intelligence has been following for years. Sometime later, Paul, released, has dinner with Pamela and Neil, who now have been reunited, and Chan. +

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