Charlie Chan in Paris 2007 NR

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(13) IMDb 7.6/10

Hired to investigate forged bonds, Charlie is thwarted by the murder of his undercover agent, but the arrival of son Lee helps him uncover the true culprits.

Starring:
Eddie Vitch, Perry Ivins
Runtime:
1 hour 12 minutes

Charlie Chan in Paris

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Very well done mystery that kees you guessing and holds up well over the years.
Tim Janson
The story is complex enough to hold interest; the background music knew when to come in and when to be silent, which was typical of films of the time.
Critic's Corner by Scotman
Those who love Keye Luke who played Lee Chan in the series will be pleased to see that he has a good sized role in Charlie Chan in Paris.
Donald Mitchell

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kenney on August 25, 2002
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CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS is one of the better entries in the Chan series. It is the tenth Charlie Chan film and the seventh in which Warner Oland plays the role of the venerable detective. It marks the first appearance of Keye Luke as Lee Chan, Charlie's number one son.
Philip MacDonald wrote the screenplay. Earl Derr Biggers, the author of the six Charlie Chan books, had died in 1933.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
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the movie seems to be the unoffical start of the series as we love it...number one son debut helps ..it has sex//comedy// a good ending//a must see
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl T. & Roger A. Meyer on September 22, 2004
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I agree with "daggerofthemind" that there is absolutely no making light of anything Chinese in this or any of the Charlie Chan films featuring Warner Oland as the famed detective. Sidney Toler however, while not being convincing as a Chinese, has made Chinese people angry at his not making any effort to speak Chinese while instead speaking gibberish while portraying Chan. As to this film, I think it is one of the best Charlie Chan films. This and all of the Warner Oland Charlie Chan films should be brought out on DVD as they should have already, and listed in front of the Sidney Toler films.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2005
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I Really resent the fact that Turner Classic stopped showing the Charlie Chan films due to protests by Asian Americans. Were the films racist and stereotyping Orientals? Yeah...Sure they were. But how many movies of the 30's and 40's were not stereotypical in some way? Whether it was of any race or creed. Hiding them away doesn't mean they never happened. And although the actors who portrayed Charlie Chan may not have been Asian, they always portrayed him in a favorable light as being much smarter than the crooks he helped to capture. And of course many co-starred Keye Luke as #1 son who was an Asian-American.

In Charlie Chan In Paris, Chan goes to France in the guise of taking a vacation with #1 son, but is really there working for a London bank, investigating a series of fraudulent bonds being passed at French banks. Soon this leads to murder as a bank executive is killed and the daughter of the Bank's President is framed for the murder. Chan must now solve the murder and discover the origin of the forged bonds. Very well done mystery that kees you guessing and holds up well over the years.

This was the first film that Keye Luke played Lee Chan, the #1 son so that makes this one pretty special as he always brought wonderful comic relief to the Charlie Chan Films. This was the only Chan film directed by Lewis Seiler who would go on to make a number of excellent WWII films including "Guadalcanal Diary".

It's quite unfortunate that these earlier films with Warner Oland as Chan are not on DVD while many of the generally awful Toller films are. Hopefully someone wakes up and realizes that there are a lot of fans clamoring for these on DVD.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Peterson on December 14, 2002
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It's interesting how people can see the same movie and come away with different impressions of it. A reviewer below wrote: >>Unfortunately, CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS is among them, with an early scene allowing one character to address Chan in pidgin English--and then requiring Chan to play into the joke. Modern viewers will likely find the scene distasteful; this aside, however, CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS is a reasonably entertaining entry in the series<<< and I frankly find this a surprise. Chan makes a fool of Max Corday (the man who spoke to him in Pidgin English) by speaking in pidgin first, and then perfect English. Corday is embarrassed and humbled, as Chan intended. All officials in the French police force treat Chan with respect. Making the point that 'the educated masses' are not racist, only ignorant people are.
Having said that, Charlie Chan in Paris is one of my favorite Chans, not the least because it introduces Keye Luke and has one of my favorite actors, Erik Rhodes...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on April 24, 2007
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A Ford Trimotor lands at Le Bourget airfield in Paris. Charlie Chan is on a visit. The taxi does not have shatterproof glass, and a warning is delivered. Chan visits the Singe Bleu to see a famous dancer perform the "danse Apache". [It's something you won't see today.] A hidden stranger disapproves of the lady's performance. Her last words to Chan are to search her apartment. A little bird sings a secret. Somebody drops a heavy weight but misses Chan (he was warned). Chan's son joins his Pop (secret banking business). There is a stranger who keeps popping up unexpectedly. Chan has been sent by English bondholders to check on forged bonds of this bank. This is a very confidential matter; exposure could cause a bankruptcy.

Albert Dufresne hands back some love letters to Yvette Lamartine, but a shot ends his career. She is blamed for his murder when people find her with the body and pistol. Lamartine is arrested for the murder. Chan suggests there is a hole in the case. Chan's son has been watching outside and gathered information on the visitors. Chan visits this man and discusses his theory; then he peeks through a keyhole and learns more. Chan visits the address of Marcel Xavier to continue his investigation. He finds a secret passage, then a hidden room. The secret of Marcel Xavier is discovered. Yvette will be released; chivalry isn't dead. Chan has solved another murder mystery.

The many stock and bond swindles were one cause of the Great Depression. Stock whose value was inflated far beyond its worth swindled millions and resulted in poverty instead of expected wealth. The fraud in forged (or stolen) bonds is to sell scrap for real money. Another swindle is to deliver forged bonds as security for a loan. When the loan is in default the securities are worthless and the money is gone forever. This is the crime in this film. Phony bonds were sold in place of the true bonds.
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