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Charlie Chan in Panama

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Director  Norman Foster
Music director  Samuel Kaylin
Language  English
7.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country  United States
Charlie Chan in Panama movie poster
Writer  Earl Derr Biggers, John Larkin, Lester Ziffren
Release date  March 1, 1940 (1940-03-01)
Film series  The House Without a Key Film Series
Cast  Sidney Toler (Charlie Chan), Jean Rogers (Kathi Lenesch (Baroness Kathi von Czardos)), Lionel Atwill (Cliveden Compton), Mary Nash (Miss Jennie Finch), Victor Sen Yung (Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)), Kane Richmond (Richard Cabot)
Similar movies  Murder by Death, Black Magic, Charlie Chan in Reno, Charlie Chan in Paris, The Feathered Serpent, Charlie Chan: Behind That Curtain

The Chinese detective (Sidney Toler) catches an Axis spy ring out to blow up the Panama Canal.


Charlie Chan in Panama movie scenes

Charlie Chan in Panama is a 1940 mystery film starring Sidney Toler. It is an unaccredited remake of Jacques Devals novel "Marie Galante", produced by Fox Film Corporation in 1934, directed by Henry King.

Charlie Chan in Panama movie scenes

Charlie impersonates an employee of the U.S. government to foil an espionage plot which would destroy part of the Panama Canal, trapping a Navy fleet on its way to the Pacific after maneuvers in the Atlantic.


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Charlie Chan must stop a spy from destroying the Panama Canal, trapping a Navy fleet on its way to the Pacific after maneuvers in the Atlantic. As the U.S. fleet prepares to navigate the waters of the Panama Canal, Panama City becomes rife with spies.

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A new group of suspects appears with the arrival of a sea plane bound for Balboa. Among the suspects are novelist Clivedon Compton, matronly school teacher Miss Jennie Finch, sinister scientist Dr. Rudolph Grosser, cafe proprietor Manolo, singer Kathi Lenesch (real name Kathi von Tzardas), cigarette salesman Achmed Halide, government engineer Richard Cabot and government agent Godley.

Upon landing, Godley goes to a hat shop owned by Fu Yuen, alias Charlie Chan, to enlist the sleuths help in unmasking the deadly spy known only as Reiner. Just as Godley is about to divulge Reiners real identity, he falls to the ground, dead, leaving Chan to expose Reiner before the spy can sabotage the canal.

As the other suspects are murdered, one by one, first Compton, then Manolo, Chan learns that the canals Miraflores locks are to be blown up at ten that night. Chan then sequesters the suspects at the plant, forcing Miss Finch to expose herself as Reiner in order to escape death. With Reiner under arrest, the fleet sails safely through the locks to protect democracy.


  • Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan
  • Jean Rogers as Kathi Lenesch
  • Lionel Atwill as Cliveden Compton
  • Mary Nash as Miss Jennie Finch
  • Victor Sen Yung as Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
  • Kane Richmond as Richard Cabot
  • Chris-Pin Martin as Sergeant Montero
  • Lionel Royce as Dr. Rudolph Grosser
  • Helen Ericson as Stewardess
  • Jack La Rue as Emil Manolo
  • Edwin Stanley as Governor D.C. Webster
  • Donald Douglas as Captain Lewis
  • Frank Puglia as Achmed Halide
  • Addison Richards as R.J. Godley
  • Edward Keane as Dr. Fredericks
  • Charles Stevens as Native Fisherman
  • References

    Charlie Chan in Panama Wikipedia
    Charlie Chan in Panama IMDb Charlie Chan in Panama