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Charlie Chan on Broadway

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Reviews 38% Audience Score 50+ Ratings The Chinese detective (Warner Oland) visits New York with No. 1 son (Keye Luke) and solves murders by reading a gossip column. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A superior Charlie Chan mystery. Rated: B+ May 5, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The great detective from Honolulu is returning home from a European holiday by way of New York. On the luxury liner, he and number one son Lee (Keye Luke) meet a suspicious lady who is being followed by a suspicious guy. She hides a parcel in Charlie's luggage -- since he is a VIP waved through US customs (!), whatever she was carrying makes it into the country. Turns out it is a diary with lots of scandalous information that would reveal corruption of government officials, mob ties, and more. Of course, she is murdered and Charlie works on the case alongside New York's finest. Warner Oland stars in another solid entry (one of his last before his death from alcoholism) in the long running series. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member `One cabin too small for two detectives'--A real who done it!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member 1.5: Hmm. I was prompted to watch these by an article in The New Yorker that I read a year or two ago. I wasn't expecting them to be outstanding, but I was expecting something better than this. I have now seen essentially every Charlie Chan film, or at least all that were made between 1931 and 1947 (29 films). What struck me most is that these really have more in common with a television show than a feature film. Each film is essentially the same except for the "location." I guess it makes sense as they serve essentially the same purpose. One can essentially watch every film on auto-pilot comfortable in the knowledge that one knows exactly which characters will pop up and that everything will be satisfactorily resolved in the end. They are "C" picture at best. Sidney Toler is pretty good; Warner Toland is somewhat acceptable; and the other two one picture no-names are either inconsequential or awful. It is rather ludicrous that they didn't allow an actual Asian actor to play the role, but the portrayal of African-American's is much more heinous. They certainly pale in comparison to just about every other detective picture/TV series I've ever seen. None of the films rate an individual review so this will have to suffice for all 29. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review bill t A bit of a letdown, "Charlie Chan on Broadway" takes the legendary detective and puts him in New York (the broadway motif isn't REALLY touched upon) and he needs to figure out who killed a woman wanting to spill the beans about the underworld. Not a huge mystery if you're paying attention,Warner Orland looks about ready to give the character a rest. Keye Luke is always great though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Another great Charlie Chan film, Warner Oland is Chan in this one and Keye Luke has a wonderful role as his son, and provides much of the comic relief. A good mystery, great pace, short and enjoyable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Warner Oland plays Charlie Chan, but he's not even Asian! Also, a very young Keye Luke stars in this, who I remember from the Gremlins movies. I like all the funny dialog they gave Chan in this, but it's not a terribly politically correct movie. I would probably like to see more movies like this, though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The Chinese detective (Warner Oland) visits New York with No. 1 son (Keye Luke) and solves murders by reading a gossip column.
Eugene Forde
John Stone
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 14, 2007
1h 8m