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THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

     A stranger gives Charlie Chan a ticket to a choice stadium box at the Berlin Olympic Games.
     Lee asks him about it and Charlie replies "Have never met Santa Claus either, yet accept gift from same." 
 
     Charlie Chan at the Olympics is a delightful entry in the Chan series of movies . . . and on several levels.
     First and foremost is the fun in seeing Charlie with sons Lee and Charlie, Jr.
     Then there is the question of the story being all over the place, literally and figuratively as Charlie travels half-way around the world from Hawaii to Europe.

Panama Hats
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From Newt at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

PANAMA HATS

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Katherine de Mille in a Non-White Fox Fur
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With Warner Oland as Charlie Chan

The Infamous White Fox Fur Lady
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Katherine de Mille as Yvonne Roland with George Chandler as the Ship's Radio Operator

And here is an article from way back when that a fellow Charlie Chan fan wrote for Maven about furs in the movies . . . since we've had so much fun with the infamous "White Fox Fur" lady herself, Katherine de Mille, in Charlie Chan at the Olympics!

Fashion in Film: Furs - Part 1

Fashion in Film: Furs - Part 2

Stone Marten Scarves

A Stone Martin Stole
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     One thing that sets Charlie Chan at the Olympics apart is that actual footage from the 1936 Olympics in Germany is used.  It's acually woven into the plot of Olympics with Lee Chan being one of the American athletes who are participating.  Maven checked out the background of the real Olympics to help set the stage, as it were, for the movie.
 

Berlin -- Reichsportsfeld and 1936 Olympics Site:

http://www.thirdreichruins.com/olympic.htm

 

Berlin -- Haus des Deutschen Sports and 1936 Olympics Village:

http://www.thirdreichruins.com/olympichdsport.htm

Owens Pierced a Myth

Who really snubbed 1936 Olympic Champion Jesse Owens

     One of the fun things about Olympics is the various kinds of traveling involved in the movie, from cars to a  Zeppelin.  So check out what it was like back then!
 

LZ - 1929 The Latest Airship

Zepplin Gets Patent for a Really Big Idea

China Clippers

Rolling Around America

Queen Mary Haunted?

Queen Mary - Still Haunted?!

Traveling on Ocean Liners (# 1)
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S.S. Empress of Japan

An Ocean Liner Built Like a Zeppelin

Travel Ocean Liners (# 2)
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Decodence Aboard the SS Normandie

Cruising the Past

Traveling on Ocean Liners (# 3)
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CHARLIE CHAN AT THE OLYMPICS   (1937)

 

BONUS QUESTION:  “Perhaps you . . . have answer?”  In what movies did Charlie pose this question?

CC at the Olympics, at the Race Track and in Reno

 

FOX MOVIE MARATHON ( June 2, 2003): The family picture on the wall behind Charlie in his office

TAPA—a fibrous material; an ancient Hawaiian Art Form

Dragon vase by door

7-29 is the date on the radiogram

Opening ceremony of the Olympics was on August 1, 1936

It was winter when this was taped; look for frost on their breath

Parts were filmed at the Los Angeles Coliseum

During the swimming segment at the end, note the length of Lee’s hair

 

Charlie, Cartwright and Hopkins take the clipper to San Francisco that takes 18 hours; THEY TAKE WHAT to Lakehurst, N.J., for a 13 hour trip; they then take the dirigible, Hindenburg, to Cuxhaven?, Germany, in 61 hours.

 

92 hours total.

 

The clipper to San Francisco is Pan Am.

 

The ship the athletes take is the Manhattan.

 

The athletes are bused to Berlin.

 

Charlie and Lee take the train to Berlin and meet Arthur Hughes (C. Henry Gordon) aboard.

 

Does he know Charlie will be shot at?

 

Lee recreates his “taking ways” from Opera when he pickpockets the telegram to “Banjo Eyes” from Hughes.

 

Charlie slaps Lee on the rear for making the white fox fur crack.

 

Zaraka’s house looks like the set in Monte Carlo and City in Darkness.

 

The accents of the German police don’t match.

 

MURDER RATE: 

Edwards (the pilot) by Miller

Miller (in the closet) by Cartwright.

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