Charlie Chan in Honolulu

Synopsis: With Charlie Chan distracted by the imminent birth of his first grandchild, young Tommy Chan persuades his older brother Jimmy (eager to be a detective) to take Pop's place when a call comes in directing Charlie to investigate a murder aboard a freighter. Charlie eventually learns of this and boards the ship to straighten out its slew of suspects, a cargo hold full of wild animals, and two well-meaning but ineffectual sons.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror
Production: 20th Century Fox
67 min

Please! Please.

Save football tactics for gridiron.

Ancient ancestor once say...

"As mind is fed with silent thought,

so should body absorb its food. "

Gimme more fried rice!

- I want some fish!

- Wait a minute!

- Food not to liking, Jimmy?

- What? Oh, yes.

Say, Pop, I was thinking.

I wish you'd let me be a detective.

Please, do not imitate vacuum cleaner.

Uh, I could probably be the best

in the islands with your help.

Am afraid you overestimate

ability of parent.

No, I don't. Now that brother Lee is in the

New York art school, I can take his place.

What about me?

I'm as good as you are any day.

Yeah? Well, I've been studying up

a lot on crime.

And look, Pop.

I've even had cards printed.

"Bills Also Collected"?

Well, that's just in case

I don't get enough murders.

Bills sometimes more difficult

to collect than murder clues.

Yeah, but I know where

I can get a swell office.

Good. Will donate one desk

and one hat rack to same.

I'll give you a couple of my old blotters.

I have some nice rubber bands

you can have too.

Please, please.

Do not ridicule good intentions

of elder brother.

Uh, thanks, Pop.

Now, about that office again.

I don't need a hat rack,

but I do need rent money.

- As soon as I get a case,

I can start paying you back. And-

Honorable mother-in-law.

Most honorable father-in-law,


Honorable son-in-law, hello.

- Please partake of humble food?

- No, thank you.

Events of the day

have killed all appetite.

I have just taken honorable wife

to the maternity hospital.

Oh, my little Ling.

Please, please. Excitement most unnecessary.

Are certain Ling

getting best attention?

- Doctor says she reposes most comfortably.

- Why didn't you telephone us?

Doctor says do not clutter hospital

with relatives until summoned.

- Telephone will be used as means of signaling family.

- I'm going anyway.

Control self, Mama.

Maybe that's them now.

Hello? Hello?

No! Good-bye!

- What? What?

- Wrong number. They want fish market.

- Get Mama her coat.

- Look, Mama. You have same experience 13 times.

There is no cause to worry.

Then what's worrying you?

You've been a father 13 times too.

Admit same.

But this is first occasion as grandfather.




Boyfriend calling

number two daughter.

Wing, I think we go to hospital.

Just as you say,

honorable father-in-law.

- Can I go too, Daddy?

- Say, Pop, can we go too?

Hospitals for sick, not playground

for healthy. Please, return to table.

- Aw, gee, Pop, we won't get in the way.

- Come on, Pop.

- Come on. Let's go. Come on, sis.

- Hey, wait till I get my coat.

Hello? Lieutenant Chan?

He just left, but I'll take the message.

This is the Homicide Bureau calling.

Tell him to go aboard the freighter

Susan B. Jennings off Kaena Point.

They just reported a murder.

M- M-Murder?

Yes. Yes, sir.

Jimmy, headquarters just called for Pop to

go aboard the freighter Susan B. Jennings!

Somebody was killed

by somebody else!

Gee, I'd better hurry

and give him the message.

- Wait a minute. You're lookin' for a case, aren't you?

- Why? What do you mean?

Supposin' we go aboard

and handle this ourselves?

Oh, no. It's too risky. Besides, it's

Pop's job, and he might get awful sore.

If you solved the case, he couldn't.

Hey, you're throwing over

a chance of a lifetime.

Just think. It might be years

before you get another murder.

Maybe you're right. Even Pop would have to

admit I'm pretty good if I solve a homicide.

Sure! And then he'll have

to get you that office.

- By golly, I'll do it.

- Let's go!

Oh, wait a minute.

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Charles Belden

Charles Josiah Belden (November 16, 1887, San Francisco, California – February 1, 1966, St. Petersburg, Florida) was a photographer and rancher who was famous for his visceral photographs of the area around Meetseetse, Wyoming. Belden was born in San Francisco into a wealthy California family. His grandfather, Josiah Belden, was an early California pioneer who made millions in San Francisco real estate and was the first Mayor of San Jose. After graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Charles Belden bought his first camera to record a European tour with his school friend, Eugene Phelps. The highlight of the tour was a journey through Russia in Belden's 1908 Packard, the first automobile to make such a trip in the country. After the trip, Belden went to work as a cowboy on the Phelps (Pitchfork) Ranch in Wyoming. In 1912, Belden married Eugene's sister, Frances. The couple had three children, Annice, Margot, and Mary Elizabeth, who died while still a toddler. Eugene's father died in 1922, leaving Eugene and Charles to take over management of the Pitchfork Ranch. Belden's 1921–1940 photographs of the Pitchfork Ranch were widely published, including in The Saturday Evening Post, National Geographic, and on the cover of Life magazine.Airplanes became a fascination for Belden. In the late 1920s, Charles became involved in raising antelope and sending them by airplane to zoos around the world, including some to Germany in the Hindenburg. He helped to pioneer the process of planting fish from the air and filmed the experience for future reference. In addition, he helped the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission conduct a census of wildlife herd populations using aerial photographs. Estate taxes, mismanagement, and an agricultural depression that began in 1921 took their toll on the Pitchfork and the ranch fell into decline. To meet expenses, in the 1930s the family turned their home into a dude ranch, but this response did not stop the financial drain. After many years of strained relations, Charles divorced Frances in 1940 and moved to Florida with a new wife, Verna Steele Belden. Charles Belden died in 1966 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in St. Petersburg, Florida. more…

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