Charlie Chan at the Opera

Synopsis: Gravelle, a former baritone believed dead after an opera house fire, has been languishing in a mental institution for the past seven years, an anonymous amnesiac. When he fortuitously sees a news story about his former wife's current appearance at the local opera, his memory returns. He escapes, and, disguised in costume, seeks revenge for a failed attempt on his life years earlier. When the guilty parties are found stabbed to death, Charlie Chan and son Lee try to find out if the dangerous fugitive is the one responsible.
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
68 min

What's the matter,

Joe? Nervous?

Oh, this job

gives me gooseflesh.

You're new here, but in a couple of months,

you'll get as jumpy as me.

- I worked around sanitariums before.

It's not so bad.

I like the cuckoos myself.

They're the same as anyone else...

...only they're smart enough

to admit they're nuts.

Look at him.

- That guy sings every night,

and it's making me screwy.

They oughta keep him out

of that recreation room after hours.

- Who is he?

- Nobody knows, not even the guy himself.

He was picked up on the streets.

Amnesia case.

Then he went daffy,

and he's been here ever since.

Come on.

Let's get a cup of coffee.

How many times have I told you

not to interrupt my singing?

Every night for seven years.

So there is only one answer.

Either you quit singing,

or I'll quit bringing the paper.

I don't know what

you're talking about.



Did you say something?

I remember now.

You don't mean you remember

who you are, do you?

I've got to get

out of here right away!

Sure, sure.

Only just take it easy.

Let me take you to your room.

And I'll get the superintendent.

Los Angeles Police calling car 17. Car 1-7.

Man answering description of escaped

maniac just seen at 16th and Hill.

Step on it, boys.

That is all. Roberts.

Another one of those phony leads.

Our only clue... A torn newspaper

containing plenty of pages of news...

...of which any one item may have caused

that man to become violent.

Well, this is not a sance.

Who has an idea?

Why do you keep harping on that newspaper?

Maybe he tore it up as an emotional outlet.

- Any other clever thoughts?

- How do we know he's even in the city? We have no leads.

We haven't any pictures.

The asylum never takes any.

We've run down every angle,

and most of them are phony.

Every railroad, terminal dock,

bus line and main artery is being watched.

- What else can we do?

- I even checked all the airports personally.

That's fine, Kelly. Now you better cover

the merry-go-rounds and scenic railways next.

Where would this man get money for airplane

rides? He's been a charity case for years.

I want every one of you to get this.

As long as that madman's loose, it means

he may strike at anytime, anyplace.

I want you men to cover every foot

of ground around the asylum.

Check every house, gas station, every road

out of there. Someplace there's a clue.

Find it. Now get to work.

Kelly, you stay here. It might do you

a little good to meet a real detective.

Ask Mr. Chan to come in.

Wait a minute. You haven't called

Chop Suey in on the case, have you, Chief?

No, but it's not a bad idea.

And take your hat off.

You could learn a little politeness

from the Chinese too.

Thank you so much.

Honorable father once say, "Politeness...

golden key that open many door."

Glad to see you, Charlie. I was hoping

you'd drop in before you went away.

Yes. Work finished.

Return to Honolulu by midnight boat.

Can't be separated

from that family of yours.

Become habit, like murderer

always return to scene of crime.

Oh, Sergeant Kelly.

- Salutations.

- So pleased.

- Sit down, Charlie.

- Thank you.

I wanted to congratulate you

on the racetrack case.

That gang of racketeers

nearly ruined American horse racing.

Humble servant very fortunate

in stumbling on solution.

Ah. Lucky, eh?


Confucius say...

"Luck... Happy combination

of foolish accidents."

Tell me, Charlie. How did you ever

happen to hit on the clue?

It was so small, so obscure.

Small things sometime

tell large stories.

For instance,

very obvious here that...

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