Charlie Chan in Rio

Synopsis: Charlie and son Jimmy visit an exotic Rio nightclub in the company of local police chief Suoto in order to arrest nightclub chanteuse Lola Dean, whom Charlie believes killed her paramour a year earlier in Honolulu after discovering that he was married. Rather than cause a public scene, the always discreet Chan decides to wait until she gets home. By the time the minions of the law arrive, they find the singer has been stabbed to death, her jewels stolen, and a bevy of clues seemingly planted at the crime scene. Among the suspects are the singer's companion, an ex-husband, a Dean friend along with her boyfriend, an amateur sleuth, her rich playboy fiancée, a rival for his affections, a mind-reading mystic, and, of course, the butler.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Director(s): Harry Lachman
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
60 min

- It isn't that, but...

- Then why wait?

- You forget, darling.

Mother's a Brazilian,

and there are traditions.

Oh. All right.

Helen! Lili!

Wish me luck, Helen.

Clarke and I are gonna be married.

- Congratulations, dear.

- Well, you don't seem very excited.

- Here I'm all bursting with love...

- I guess I'm selfish.

But you see, being secretary and companion

to you has been a very cozy job.

Oh, how ridiculous. You and Lili go

with the deal. Don't they, Clarke?

- Why, yes, of course.

- Thank you both.

- Best of luck, Miss Lola.

- Thank you, Lili.

And you, Mr. Denton.

Excuse me.

You are on next, Miss Dean.

Oh, good heavens! Run along, darling.

Hurry, Lili. My gown.

Helen, my jewels.

- Oh, Clarke.

- Yes, dear?

Scare up some of the gang,

invite 'em over to my house for supper.

- We'll celebrate.

- Of course, honey. But must we?

After all,

they're not really our friends.

All the more reason for asking them.

Grace Ellis's face will turn purple with envy

when she sees my brooch.

And Joan Reynolds... when she hears

I'm no longer a freelance...

she'll simply smother me

with "darlings" and "dears. "

Oh, I know it sounds mean, but I waited

almost a year to crow like this...

and tonight I'm gonna do my crowing.

- Oh, but, dear...

- Please, darling.

Let me be mean, just for tonight.

Okay. I'll invite them.

Thank you.

Great news, folks. Where's Joan?

- After properly insulting both of us, she departed.

- She did?

- What's the great news?

- Oh. Clarke invited us over to Lola's after the show.

- They're throwing a party... an engagement party.

- Engagement party?

Oh, isn't that marvelous?

Yep. They're getting married

next Saturday.

- Clarke chased Lola for a year, and she finally caught him.

- Why should this make you happy?

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Samuel G. Engel

Samuel G. Engel (December 29, 1904 – April 7, 1984) was a screenwriter and film producer from the 1930s until the 1960s. He wrote and produced such films as My Darling Clementine (1946), Sitting Pretty (1948), The Frogmen (1951), Night and the City (1950), and Daddy Long Legs (1955). Born in Woodridge, New York (then Centreville), Engel gained a degree in pharmacology from the Albany College of Pharmacy and owned a chain of drug stores in Manhattan with his brother Irving, before moving to Los Angeles in 1930. Engel signed on as an assistant director at Warner Bros. in 1933. Three years later he was hired to be a producer at 20th Century Fox. After serving with the OSS and US Navy in World War II, he continued as a film producer with 20th Century Fox until 1962. Engel was president of the Screen Producers Guild from 1955 to 1958, and was instrumental in promoting its merger with the analogous guild of television producers to form the Producers Guild of America. more…

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