Charlie Chan at Treasure Island

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island

Director: Norman Foster Cast: Sidney Toler, Cesar Romero, Pauline Moore

DVD (Full Frame)

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Movie buffs are nearly unanimous in agreement: Charlie Chan at Treasure Island is the best of the Sidney Toler "Charlie Chan" entries. The film wastes no time getting started, with Chan (Toler) and his son Jimmy (Sen Yung) on hand when Charlie's writer friend Paul Essex (Louis Jean Heydt) dies on the Honolulu Clipper while en route to San Francisco. The police rule Essex' death a suicide, but Chan believes differently. He follows the trail of clues to the mysterious Zodiac, a crooked spiritualist. The oriental detective is aided in his investigation by Rhadini (Cesar Romero), a charming stage magician who hopes to expose Zodiac as a phony and blackmailer. After several plot twists and a couple of additional murders, all the likely suspects are gathered together during one of Rhadini's performances at Treasure Island, the San Francisco branch of the 1939 World's Fair. In a truly eerie climax, mystic Eve (Pauline Moore) who really does have psychic powers, prepares to name the killer. The revelation of the culprit is a genuine surprise, staged with topnotch showmanship by director Norman Foster, whose wife Sally Blane (Loretta Young's sister) appears in a small role as Essex's widow. Many of the magicians' props utilized in Charlie Chan at Treasure Island would do service again in 1942 in the Laurel & Hardy vehicle A-Haunting We Will Go.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2018
UPC: 0024543585923
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sales rank: 35,928

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sidney Toler Charlie Chan
Cesar Romero Fred Rhadini
Pauline Moore Eve Cairo
Victor Sen Yung James Chan
Douglas Fowley Peter Lewis
June Gale Myra Rhadini
Douglas Dumbrille Thomas Gregory
Sally Blane Stella Essex
Billie Seward Bessie Sibley
Donald MacBride Chief Kilvaine
Charles Halton Redley
Trevor Bardette Abdul the Turk
Louis Jean Heydt Paul Essex
Wally Vernon Elmer Keiner
Gerald Mohr Dr. Zodiac
John Elliott Doctor

Technical Credits
Norman Foster Director
Norman Colbert Editor
Lewis H. Creber Art Director
Richard Day Art Director
Herschel Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Kaufman Producer
Samuel Kaylin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
John Francis Larkin Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Virgil E. Miller Cinematographer
Sol Wurtzel Producer

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