Charlie Chan on Film

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1. Behind That Curtain (1929)

Passed | 91 min | Mystery

Eve Mannering realizes too late that her abusive husband is a philanderer and murderer and seeks protection with her true love, explorer John Beetham.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Warner Baxter, Lois Moran, Gilbert Emery, Claude King

Votes: 357

2. The Black Camel (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The unsolved murder of a Hollywood actor several years earlier and an enigmatic psychic are the keys to help Charlie solve the Honolulu stabbing death of a beautiful actress.

Director: Hamilton MacFadden | Stars: Warner Oland, Sally Eilers, Bela Lugosi, Dorothy Revier

Votes: 1,205

3. Charlie Chan in London (1934)

Open | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Charlie visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeeper, to a stableman, to a lawyer.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Ray Milland, Mona Barrie

Votes: 1,700

4. Charlie Chan in Paris (1935)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Hired to investigate forged bonds, Charlie is thwarted by the murder of his undercover agent, but the arrival of son Lee helps him uncover the true culprits.

Directors: Lewis Seiler, Hamilton MacFadden | Stars: Warner Oland, Mary Brian, Thomas Beck, Erik Rhodes

Votes: 1,362

5. Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a prominent official is murdered at a banquet honoring Charle Chan, the detective and son Lee team up to expose an opium-smuggling ring.

Director: James Tinling | Stars: Warner Oland, Irene Hervey, Jon Hall, Russell Hicks

Votes: 1,227

6. Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While investigating the theft of antiquities from an ancient tomb excavation, Charlie discovers that the body of the expedition's leader concealed inside the mummy's wrappings.

Director: Louis King | Stars: Warner Oland, Pat Paterson, Thomas Beck, Rita Hayworth

Votes: 1,691

7. Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The heir to a huge fortune is presumed drowned, then shows up, is then murdered.

Director: Gordon Wiles | Stars: Warner Oland, Rosina Lawrence, Charles Quigley, Henrietta Crosman

Votes: 1,243

8. Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

While visiting the circus with his family, Charlie is recruited by the big top's co-owner to investigate threatening letters that he's received.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, John McGuire, Shirley Deane

Votes: 1,408

9. Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

When a friend of Charlie's is found kicked to death by his own race horse on board a Honolulu-bound liner, the detective discovers foul play and uncovers an international gambling ring.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Helen Wood, Thomas Beck

Votes: 1,268

10. Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)

Passed | 68 min | Mystery

A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke, Charlotte Henry

Votes: 1,821

11. Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

Approved | 71 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

When a strategically important new aerial guidance system is stolen, Charlie traces it to the Berlin Olympics, where he has to battle spies and enemy agents to retrieve it.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Warner Oland, Katherine DeMille, Pauline Moore, Allan Lane

Votes: 1,405

12. Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Returning from European exile where she avoided testifying against her criminal associates, a former singer with a tell-all diary is murdered to ensure her silence.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Joan Marsh, J. Edward Bromberg

Votes: 1,236

13. Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Although Charlie and Lee are in Monaco for an art exhibit, they become caught up in a feud between rival financiers which involves the Chans in a web of blackmail and murder.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Virginia Field, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 1,259

14. Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

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.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Victor Sen Yung, Eddie Collins

Votes: 1,413

15. Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mary Whitman, an old friend of Charlie's in Reno for a divorce, finds herself accused of murdering the woman her husband planned to marry after the decree became final.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Ricardo Cortez, Phyllis Brooks, Slim Summerville

Votes: 1,173

16. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Cesar Romero, Pauline Moore, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 1,455

17. City in Darkness (1939)

Approved | 75 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

While in Paris for a reunion on the eve of World War II, Charlie finds that the murder of an hated businessman leads him to a conspiracy to smuggle arms to Germany.

Director: Herbert I. Leeds | Stars: Sidney Toler, Lynn Bari, Richard Clarke, Harold Huber

Votes: 1,077

18. Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Jean Rogers, Lionel Atwill, Mary Nash

Votes: 1,158

19. Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)

Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Charlie tries to discover the identity of a strangler who strikes multiple times on a cruise ship bound from Honolulu to California.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Lionel Atwill, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 1,108

20. Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

An escaped convicted murderer hides out at a New York wax museum where he hopes to get plastic surgery, which will help him revenge himself on Charlie Chan.

Director: Lynn Shores | Stars: Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, C. Henry Gordon, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 1,354

21. Murder Over New York (1940)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

When Charlie's old friend from Scotland Yard is murdered when they attend a police convention in New York, Chan picks up the case he was working on.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Robert Lowery, Ricardo Cortez

Votes: 1,059

22. Dead Men Tell (1941)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie's search for a murderer on board a docked ship.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Sheila Ryan, Robert Weldon, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 1,019

23. Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

On the trail of a singer who killed the man she loved in Honolulu, Charlie finds her stabbed to death when he ultimately catches up to her in Rio.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mary Beth Hughes, Cobina Wright, Ted North

Votes: 1,134

24. Castle in the Desert (1942)

62 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Charlie Chan investigates apparent poisonings at a mystery mansion in the Mojave Desert.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Arleen Whelan, Richard Derr, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 1,119

25. Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Charlie Chan is an agent of the U.S. government assigned to investigate the mysterious death of an inventor.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Arthur Loft, Gwen Kenyon

Votes: 1,351

26. Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat (1944)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Charlie Chan investigates the locked-room murder of a chess expert.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Sidney Toler, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland, Benson Fong

Votes: 1,205

27. Black Magic (1944)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Charlie searches for a murderer amidst numerous ghosts conjured up by a strange variety of spiritualists and occultists.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Frances Chan, Joseph Crehan

Votes: 1,202

28. The Jade Mask (1945)

Not Rated | 66 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Eccentric scientist Harper lives in a spooky mansion with all the trimmings: hidden lab, secret panels, inscrutable butler, and greedy relatives with unusual talents. When Harper seems to ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Edwin Luke, Hardie Albright

Votes: 1,030

29. The Scarlet Clue (1945)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Charlie discovers a scheme for the theft of government radar plans while investigating several murders.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter, Benson Fong

Votes: 1,158

30. The Shanghai Cobra (1945)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Someone is attempting to steal radium stored in a bank. Death by cobra venom connects a number of murders. Charlie investigates.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Benson Fong, James Cardwell

Votes: 965

31. The Red Dragon (1945)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Chan is faced with suspects in a stolen atomic bomb formula case, that are being killed with bullets that are not fired from a gun.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Sidney Toler, Fortunio Bonanova, Benson Fong, Robert Emmett Keane

Votes: 589

32. Dark Alibi (1946)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A public defender enlists Charlie to exonerate one of his clients, an ex-con falsely accused of bank robbery and murder, scheduled for execution in nine days.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter, Benson Fong

Votes: 991

33. Shadows Over Chinatown (1946)

64 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Charlie investigates murders connected with insurance fraud. This one is set in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Director: Terry O. Morse | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung, Tanis Chandler

Votes: 607

34. Dangerous Money (1946)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A treasury agent on the trail of counterfeit money confides to fellow ocean liner passenger Charlie Chan that there have been two attempts on his life.

Director: Terry O. Morse | Stars: Sidney Toler, Gloria Warren, Victor Sen Yung, Rick Vallin

Votes: 942

35. The Trap (1946)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung, Tanis Chandler

Votes: 861

36. The Chinese Ring (1947)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Soon after a Chinese princess comes to the US to buy planes for her people, she is murdered by a poison dart fired by an air rifle.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Roland Winters, Warren Douglas, Mantan Moreland, Louise Currie

Votes: 387

37. Docks of New Orleans (1948)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After the partners in the LaFontaine Chemical Co. sign a legal agreement leaving their share to the surviving partner(s), two of them are murdered.

Director: Derwin Abrahams | Stars: Roland Winters, Virginia Dale, Mantan Moreland, John Gallaudet

Votes: 318

38. Shanghai Chest (1948)

Approved | 65 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Charlie attempts to solve a triple murder in which a dead man's finger prints show up at all three murder sites.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Roland Winters, Mantan Moreland, Tim Ryan, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 201

39. The Golden Eye (1948)

Approved | 69 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Chan discovers a conspiracy when a low paying gold mine seemingly starts to become profitable, and attempts are made on the owner's life.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Roland Winters, Wanda McKay, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 409

40. The Feathered Serpent (1948)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

Charlie Chan and his two eldest sons, investigate a murderous gang who is forcing an archaeologist to search for a treasure in Mexico.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Roland Winters, Keye Luke, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 303

41. The Sky Dragon (1949)

Passed | 64 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

On a plane trip, Charlie Chan and the passengers are drugged, and when they wake up a quarter million dollars is missing.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Roland Winters, Keye Luke, Mantan Moreland, Noel Neill

Votes: 283

42. The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957– )

30 min | Mystery

Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan is called in to help solve baffling cases, aided by his #1 son. The first five episodes were filmed in the US, then production switched to the UK for the rest of the series.

Stars: J. Carrol Naish, James Hong, Rupert Davies, Arthur Gomez

Votes: 81

43. Charlie Chan

Adventure, Crime, Thriller | Announced

The granddaughter of a renown detective makes a name for herself in the world of crime-busting.

44. Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Mystery

Famous detective Charlie Chan (Sir Peter Ustinov) is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco Detective (Brian Keith) solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling ... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Lee Grant, Angie Dickinson, Richard Hatch

Votes: 1,022

45. The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972– )

30 min | Animation, Family, Mystery

Charlie Chan investigates mysteries with "help" from his 10 children and pet dog.

Stars: Keye Luke, Gene Andrusco, John Gunn, Cynthia Adler

Votes: 126

46. The Return of Charlie Chan (1973 TV Movie)

91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Charlie Chan investigates a murder case aboard the yacht of a wealthy Greek shipping tycoon.

Directors: Daryl Duke, Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Ross Martin, Richard Haydn, Louise Sorel, Joseph Hindy

Votes: 107

47. Eran trece (1931)

79 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

This is the Spanish-language version, with a different cast and crew, of the Charlie Chan film Charlie Chan Carries On (1931), in which Charlie sets out to discover the killer of an American found dead in a London hotel room.

Director: David Howard | Stars: Juan Torena, Ana María Custodio, Rafael Calvo, Raul Roulien

Votes: 135



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