Charlie Chan in Honolulu

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Charlie Chan in Honolulu
Charlie Chan in Honolulu.jpg
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
Produced by John Stone
Written by Charles S. Belden
Starring Sidney Toler
Phyllis Brooks
Victor Sen Yung
Music by Samuel Kaylin
Cinematography Charles G. Clarke
Edited by Nick DeMaggio
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • January 13, 1939 (1939-01-13)
Running time
67 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Charlie Chan in Honolulu is a 1939 American film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone, starring Sidney Toler as the fictional Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan. The film is the first appearance of both Toler as Chan and Victor Sen Yung as "number two son" Jimmy.


The film opens with Detective Chan rushing to the hospital to be with his daughter as she prepares to give birth to his first grandchild. While Charlie Chan waits at the hospital, his "number two" son Jimmy intercepts a message intended for Charlie about a murder on board the freighter Susan B. Jennings.

The freighter is on its way from Shanghai to Honolulu under the leadership of Captain Johnson (Robert Barrat). Jimmy wants to prove his investigative skills to his father and so boards the Jennings pretending to be Charlie Chan, with his younger brother Tommy (Layne Tom Jr.) in tow. The ruse doesn't last long and soon the real Chan arrives on board, interrogating a motley assortment of crooks, heiresses and crew as he works to solve a crime whose only witness is secretary Judy Haynes (Phyllis Brooks).


Rest of the Chan Family


External links[edit]