Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

67 mins | Drama | 1 March 1940

Director:

Norman Foster

Cinematographer:

Virgil E. Miller

Editor:

Fred Allen

Production Designers:

Richard Day, Chester Gore

Production Company:

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Feb 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
27 Feb 1940
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
28 Oct 1938
pp. 5-6
Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
7 Feb 1940
p. 8
Motion Picture Herald
25 Nov 1939
p. 35
Motion Picture Herald
10 Feb 1940
p. 38
New York Times
23 Feb 1940
p. 19
Variety
21 Feb 1940
p. 12
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Virgil Miller
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Joseph E. Aiken
Sd
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character "Charlie Chan" created by Earl Derr Biggers.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
1 March 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 23 Feb 1940
Production Date:
began early Oct 1939
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
8 March 1940
LP9651
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA High Fidelity Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in feet):
6,061
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
5892
SYNOPSIS

As the U.S. fleet prepares to navigate the waters of the Panama Canal, Panama City becomes rife with spies. A new group of suspects appears with the arrival of a sea plane bound for Balboa. Among the suspects are novelist Clivedon Compton, matronly school teacher Miss Jennie Finch, sinister scientist Dr. Rudolph Grosser, café proprietor Manolo, singer Kathi Lenesch, cigarette salesman Achmed Halide, government engineer Richard Cabot and government agent Godley. Upon landing, Godley goes to a hat shop owned by Fu Yuen, alias Charlie Chan, to enlist the sleuth's help in unmasking the deadly spy known only as Reiner. Just as Godley is about to divulge Reiner's real identity, he falls to the ground, dead, leaving Chan to expose Reiner before the spy can sabotage the canal. As the other suspects are murdered, one by one, first Compton, then Manolo, Chan learns that the canal's Miraflores locks are to be blown up at ten that night. Chan then sequesters the suspects at the plant, forcing Miss Finch to expose herself as Reiner in order to escape death. With Reiner under arrest, the fleet sails safely through the locks to protect ...

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As the U.S. fleet prepares to navigate the waters of the Panama Canal, Panama City becomes rife with spies. A new group of suspects appears with the arrival of a sea plane bound for Balboa. Among the suspects are novelist Clivedon Compton, matronly school teacher Miss Jennie Finch, sinister scientist Dr. Rudolph Grosser, café proprietor Manolo, singer Kathi Lenesch, cigarette salesman Achmed Halide, government engineer Richard Cabot and government agent Godley. Upon landing, Godley goes to a hat shop owned by Fu Yuen, alias Charlie Chan, to enlist the sleuth's help in unmasking the deadly spy known only as Reiner. Just as Godley is about to divulge Reiner's real identity, he falls to the ground, dead, leaving Chan to expose Reiner before the spy can sabotage the canal. As the other suspects are murdered, one by one, first Compton, then Manolo, Chan learns that the canal's Miraflores locks are to be blown up at ten that night. Chan then sequesters the suspects at the plant, forcing Miss Finch to expose herself as Reiner in order to escape death. With Reiner under arrest, the fleet sails safely through the locks to protect democracy.

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