GenreComedy, Crime, Drama Music directorSamuel Kaylin LanguageEnglish
WriterEarl Derr Biggers, Philip MacDonald Release dateJanuary 21, 1935 (1935-01-21) DirectorsLewis Seiler, Hamilton MacFadden CastWarner Oland (Charlie Chan), Mary Brian (Yvette Lamartine), Thomas Beck (Victor Descartes), John Miljan (Albert Dufresne), Erik Rhodes (Max Corday), Murray Kinnell (Henri Latouche) Similar moviesMurder by Death, Black Magic, Charlie Chan in Reno, The Feathered Serpent, Charlie Chan: Behind That Curtain, Charlie Chan in Honolulu
The Chinese detective (Warner Oland) and his No. 1 son (Keye Luke) trap three counterfeiters working out of the sewers.
Charlie Chan in Paris is the seventh film produced by Fox with Warner Oland as Charlie Chan. Long thought lost, it is now available on DVD as part of Twentieth Century Fox Home Videos "Charlie Chan Collection, Vol. 1".
Charlie's visit to Paris, ostensibly a vacation, is really a mission to investigate a bond-forgery racket. But his agent, apache dancer Nardi is killed before she can tell him much. The case, complicated by a false murder accusation for banker's daughter Yvette, climaxes with a strange journey through the Paris sewers.
Chan is on his way back from completing the London case—they always mentioned the previous case—to go on "vacation" to Paris, but this is just a way to make people think that he is innocently there. He is on a case for some London bankers and customers who say that some bonds from the Lamartine Bank in Paris are forged, so they hired Chan to solve the case. The suspects Chan meets include; Max Corday, a local artist who wants to reap the financial rewards of fame; Albert Dufresne, the assistant to the bank president who is living beyond his means; Henri Latouche, a bank officer who has access to financial bank records; Yvette Lamartine, the daughter of the bank president who is determined to recover old love letters from the bank vault; and Marcel Xavier, a crippled and blind beggar and "crazed World War I veteran who thinks that the bank is cheating on him and wants his money.
After various murder attempts on Chan and other killings, including that of his assistant, Nardi, and the ex-boyfriend of Yvette. Chan realizes that the murders were staged by Xavier. But it turns out not to be the case.
The murderer was Xavier, but he is actually not real; he has alternately been played by both Corday and Latouche; with Latouche appearing as Xavier when Corday was with Charlie, and Corday appearing as Xavier when Charlie meets Latouche at the Bank. Chan takes young Victor Descartes with him to find Xavier, and while they search Cordays and LaTouches lair where they have been printing the counterfeit bonds, Latouche (as Xavier) arrives. Chan and Descartes kill the lights, and Latouche shoots at Chans flashlight, apparently hitting him. But Chan has mounted it on a broomstick to decoy Latouche, and Descartes is able to capture Xavier/Latouche. Then the police arrive (summoned by Chans son Lee), giving Chan a chance to explain how Corday and LaTouche created alibis for each other by alternately playing Xavier.
Charlie Chan in Paris and Charlie Chan in Egypt are part of the same movie series. Warner Oland and Keye Luke appear in Charlie Chan in Paris and Charlie Chan in Shanghai. Warner Oland and Keye Luke appear in Charlie Chan in Paris and Charlie Chan at the Race Track. Warner Oland and Keye Luke appear in Charlie Chan in Paris and Charlie Chan on Broadway. Warner Oland and Keye Luke appear in Charlie Chan in Paris and Charlie Chan at the Opera.
Warner Oland as Charlie Chan
Mary Brian as Yvette Lamartine, Mr Lamartines daughter, engaged to Victor Descartes
Thomas Beck as Victor Descartes, Mr. Lamartines ward, who is going to take over the bank
John Miljan as Albert Dufresne
Erik Rhodes as Max Corday, a sketch artist
Murray Kinnell as Henri Latouche
Keye Luke as Lee Chan, Charlies #1 son
Henry Kolker as Mr. Paul Lamartine, the current head of the Lamartine Bank and father of Yvette
Dorothy Appleby as Nardi, Charlies agent in Paris, who is killed before he can ask her questions