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Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)
A novelist friend of Charlie's appears to have committed suicide. At the international Exposition held on San Francisco Bay's Treasure Island Charlie shows that Zodiac, a phony mystic who blackmails clients, is the culprit.
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Victor Sen Yung ... Jimmy Chan
Cesar Romero ... Fred Rhadini
Douglas Fowley ... Peter Lewis
Pauline Moore ... Eve Cairo
Donald MacBride ... Deputy Police Chief J.J. Kilvaine
Wally Vernon ... Elmer Kelner
Douglass Dumbrille ... Stewart Salsbury, alias Thomas Gregory
Sally Blane ... Stella Essex
Charles Halton ... Uncle Redley
Billie Seward ... Mrs. Bessie Sibley
June Gale ... Myra Rhadini
Trevor Bardette ... Abdul, the Turkish servant
Louis Jean Heydt ... Paul Essex
Fast-paced Sidney Toler who-done-it set at and around the Century of Progress Exhibition in San Francisco harbor. The exhibition was the West Coast's parallel to the 1939 New York World's Fair and the man-made Treasure Island existed and some of its building survived as parts of a naval station for many years. A new writer and producer contributed to the successful direction of Norman Foster who also excelled in his previous Chan effort. The use of close-ups and lighting contribute to the success of this film: Charlie Chan at Treasure Island is simply the best of the Sidney Toler Chan films and runs neck and neck with Charlie Chan at the Opera done by Warner Oland.
The author of 'The Secret of the Pigmy Arrow' dies aboard an eastbound 4-engine flying boat China Clipper and the manuscript disappears as the passengers and crew disembark. 'Suicide induced by blackmail is murder.' The story line is believable and aided by Cesar Romero whose role as Fred Rhandini is reminiscent of a modern James Randi, exposing fraudulent faith healers and spiritualists. Pauline Moore returns for her third Chan film and is believable as a psychic who cannot resist the stronger mind of Dr. Zodiac.
Clues and suspicious characters abound. It is possible to figure out the mystery along with Chan who shares most of what he uncovers with the viewer. 'Obvious clues like tricks in magic – usually prove deceptive.' Comic relief is provided by Victor Sen Yung as No. 2 son, Jimmy, to include a hilarious scene wearing a magician's coat. Only one racial slur directed his way 'A chip off the old chopstick.' Other supporting cast members are excellent in their roles.
A lot of people think this was Sidney Toler's best Charlie Chan film. I don't know about that, but it is one of his better ones, that's for sure. It featured a lot of suspense, along with action and humor - a good bit of everything that makes the Chan movies popular among its fans.
Charlie travels to San Francisco to find out if a friend of his really committed suicide or was murdered. Son "Jimmy" (Sen Yung) comes along for the ride, for some help and some humor. The story revolves around the occult, a familiar theme in films back in the '30s and '40s. Charlie provides an a solid challenge to the charlatans who practice the occult and bilk people out of their money believing in that hocus-pocus. While Chan disproves that stuff, there is one case of a woman definitely having mind-reading abilities that our Chinese friend acknowledges.
A very young (and almost unrecognizable the first time I saw this) Caesar Romero plays a magician, and skeptic ghost-buster and something I can't say without giving away the ending. He was a likable guy and a good edition to the movie.
"Charlie Chan at Treasure Island" is my favorite Chan film even though Chan is played by Sidney Toler, who is my second favorite actor to play the distinguished detective. Even though this movie does not have the benefits of Warner Oland's performance as Chan, this stands out as the best of the series.It combines an interesting mystery plot with great atmosphere, comedy, and an excellent supporting cast including Cesar Romero, Sen Yung, and Douglas Dumbrille. It also has the mysterious Dr. Zodiac and his seance parlour. Of historical interest, also, are the scenes of the 1939 World's Fair in San Francisco. Even when you know the killer's identity, this one is worth seeing over and over again!