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Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)

PG | | Comedy, Mystery | February 1981 (USA)
Famous detective Charlie Chan (Sir Peter Ustinov) is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco Detective (Brian Keith) solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling ... See full summary »

Director:

Clive Donner

Writers:

Jerry Sherlock (story), Stan Burns (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Charlie Chan
Lee Grant ... Mrs. Lupowitz
Angie Dickinson ... Dragon Queen
Richard Hatch ... Lee Chan, Jr.
Brian Keith ... Police Chief
Roddy McDowall ... Gillespie
Rachel Roberts ... Mrs. Dangers
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Cordelia
Paul Ryan ... Masten
Johnny Sekka ... Stefan
Bennett Ohta Bennett Ohta ... Hawaiian Chief of Police
David Hirokane David Hirokane ... Lee Chan Sr.
Karlene Crockett Karlene Crockett ... Brenda Lupowitz
Michael Fairman ... Bernard Lupowitz
James Ray James Ray ... Haynes
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Storyline

Famous detective Charlie Chan (Sir Peter Ustinov) is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco Detective (Brian Keith) solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling grandson Lee Chan, Jr. (Richard Hatch) as his sidekick, Chan also encounters an old nemesis known as the "Dragon Queen" (Angie Dickinson), who is the prime suspect.

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Murderer who turn victim into human baked potato have real appetite for crime. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan contra la reina dragón See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Back-to-back consecutive crime-mystery-comedies for Director Clive Donner, whose previous movie had been the Maxwell Smart spy spoof The Nude Bomb (1980). See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Process of aging never agreeable, but better than alternative.
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Connections

Follows Dark Alibi (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Title Song
(uncredited)
Composed by Patrick Williams
Performed by Peter Ustinov
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A sad attempt at making a Chan film.
16 April 2000 | by admjtk1701See all my reviews

This is the perfect example of how not to make a Charlie Chan film--or any film for that matter! It was meant as a comedy--but it's not funny. The mystery is lame. The acting is awful. A good cast wasted by a terrible script! Peter Ustinov is better than this and should have said "No!" to this one. A big waste of time and money. Only for absolute Chan fanatics and then only so they can say , "Yeah. I saw it." To paraphrase from a much better Chan film, "Bad film like dead fish--can not stand test of time!" See any of the 20th Century Fox Chan films from the 30's and early 40's instead.


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