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Rating: 6 stars


Charlie Chan Hawaii cruise ship brain lions doctor detective murder mystery

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Seen on: 12/04/2018

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Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)

Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone

Mystery | Crime

Most recently watched by sleestakk


While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.

Length 67 minutes


Marc Lawrence | Eddie Collins | George Zucco | Paul Harvey | Sidney Toler | Claire Dodd | Victor Sen Yung | Robert Barrat | John 'Dusty' King | Philip Ahn | Richard Lane | Phyllis Brooks | Layne Tom Jr. | Grace Lem

Viewing Notes

closing my night with yet another Toler Charlie Chan flick and whaaaaaaaa… another cruise ship murder mystery?!?! This is super goofy with a cargo full of zoo animals headed to San Francisco + a scientist doctor with a living brain in a fish tank. What’s most cool is that it starts in Honolulu with Chan’s family so you get to see the full brood sitting around the dinner table.

Apparently this was the first Sidney Toler Chan film! There’s a bunch of cool extras on this DVD that I’m watching now including how Toler got the role after Warner Oland died. There’s also a lost film included which I’ll watch tomorrow.

There’s a restoration comparison which is really neat. I have commented before on how incredible these Chan films look on these DVDs. In 2007 they did restorations on these films and the difference is astounding.


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