GenreComedy, Mystery Costume designJocelyn Rickards CountryUnited States
Release dateFebruary 1981 WriterJerry Sherlock (story), Stan Burns (screenplay), David Axlerod (screenplay) CastPeter Ustinov (Charlie Chan), Lee Grant (Mrs. Lupowitz), Angie Dickinson (Dragon Queen), Michelle Pfeiffer (Cordelia Farenington), Brian Keith (Police Chief Baxter), Roddy McDowall (Gillespie) Similar moviesMurder by Death, Charlie Chan's Secret, Charlie Chan in Reno, The Trap, The Feathered Serpent, Charlie Chan in Paris
TaglineMurderer who turn victim into human baked potato have real appetite for crime.
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen is a 1981 comedy–mystery film directed by Clive Donner that stars Peter Ustinov, Angie Dickinson and Lee Grant.
Retired detective Charlie Chan is asked for his help by the San Francisco police to solve a new series of murders. But this time his usual sidekick, Number One Son, has been replaced by Lee's own son, Lee Chan, Jr.
The prime suspect in the killings is a shady lady known as the Dragon Queen, but soon Chan's suspicions fall elsewhere. Among those at risk are Lee's maternal grandmother, Mrs. Lupowitz, and even though Charlie Chan's son is, as is usually the case, rarely accurate in reading clues, he has the full love and support of Cordelia, his beautiful fiancee.
Peter Ustinov as Charlie Chan
Lee Grant as Mrs. Lupowitz
Angie Dickinson as Dragon Queen
Richard Hatch as Lee Chan, Jr.
Brian Keith as Police Chief Baxter
Roddy McDowall as Gillespie
Rachel Roberts as Mrs. Dangers
Michelle Pfeiffer as Cordelia Farenington
Paul Ryan as Masten
Johnny Sekka as Stefan
Critic Vincent Canby of The New York Timeswrote in his review: "Clive Donner's Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen, which opens today at the Cinerama I and other theaters, is a looselimbed, immensely good-natured entertainment that moves easily between parody and slapstick without ever doing damage to the memories of the character who, in the 1950's and 1960's, gained something of a following as a figure of camp." Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 5.5/10 with 5 critics responses. TV Guide gives Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen 0 stars out of 5 stars.
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen was released in theatres on February 13, 1981. The film was released on DVD on September 7, 2004, by Trinity Home Entertainment.