William Fox for Fox Film
directed by David Howard
starring Manuel Arbó, Juan Torena, Ana María Custodio, Rafael Calvo, Raul Roulien, Blanca de Castejón, Miguel Ligero, Amelia Santee, Carmen Rodríguez, Julio Villarreal, José Nieto, Carlos Díaz de Mendoza, Lia Torá, Martin Garralaga, Antonio Vidal, Ralph Navarro
screenplay by Barry Conners, Philip Klein, based on the novel Charlie Chan Carries on by Earl Derr Biggers
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Inspector Duff (Rafael Calvo) of Scotland Yard has to investigate the
murder of a member of an American round-the-world-tour group headed by Doc
Lofton (Julio Villarreal), but fails to find the killer and instead has to
witness a second murder, that of a certain Decker (Carlos Diaz de
Mendoza). He has Decker's wife flown in, who tells Duff she was once
married to one Jim Maynard, but then left him for Decker and stole a
suitcase of diamonds from him (which he had stolen himself by the way),
and she suspects now that Maynard is a member of the tour group, out to
have his revenge on her and (the already deceased) Decker. Before she can
identify Maynard among the group though, she is shot dead herself ...
no clues to go on, no evidence to hold any of them, Duff sees himself
forced to let the tour group go, but is always in hot pursuit. Eventually,
the group reaches Hawaii, which is where Duff is shot at and gravely
injured, but luckily enough, he has told his friend Charlie Chan (Manuel
Arbó) everything about the case before that, and Chan decides to carry on
and accompany the group on their boat trip to San Francisco. As much as
Chan investigates though, he is unable to come up with any definite proof,
so he hands letters to all those he suspects claiming he knows they did
it, to lack the real killer into a trap, and it works, with the real
killer being someone (Martin Garralaga) who hasn't yet featured
prominently in the proceedings ...
The Spanish language version
of the film Charlie Chan Carries on, which is presumed to be lost -
but if this film is any indication about the original'y quality, it might
just as well remain lost: This is nothing but a boring murder mystery
without any real climax, devoid of clues that could keep the audience
guessing, and a culprit that is pulled out of the hat by a disappointingly
simple stunt. What's more, at least this Spanish version looks as if it
was made with little care for detail, like Manuel Arbó's makeup that
seems to have been laid on in a hurry and that doesn't make him look all
that Oriental, or his wife, who speaks Japanese when she's supposed to be
In all, a rather neglectable rarity.