Charlie Chan at the Opera

Charlie Chan at the Opera

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone

Cast: H. Bruce Humberstone, Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke

     
 

"Warner Oland vs. Boris Karloff" read the billing on the opening credits of Charlie Chan at the Opera. Karloff plays a once-famous opera star who has long been confined to an insane asylum. He escapes, ostensibly to seek revenge on the diva wife (Nedda Harrigan) who'd betrayed him years earlier. Karloff shows up during the performance of a new opera, and withinSee more details below

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"Warner Oland vs. Boris Karloff" read the billing on the opening credits of Charlie Chan at the Opera. Karloff plays a once-famous opera star who has long been confined to an insane asylum. He escapes, ostensibly to seek revenge on the diva wife (Nedda Harrigan) who'd betrayed him years earlier. Karloff shows up during the performance of a new opera, and within minutes the murders start. Detective William Demarest figures the case is open and shut, but oriental sleuth Charlie Chan (Oland) is not thoroughly convinced of Karloff's guilt--nor is he certain that Boris is genuinely insane. To give away the ending would be churlish, but we can note that Charlotte Henry plays Karloff's daughter, who has been raised to believe that her father was dead. Considered by some Charlie Chan fans to be the best of the Warner Oland efforts, Charlie Chan at the Opera is distinguished by excellent production values, and by an original opera composed by Oscar Levant--who allegedly agreed to this assignment provided he could include the word "Silencio!" in his lyrics.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/1998
UPC:
0086162136832
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warner Oland Charlie Chan
Boris Karloff Gravelle
Keye Luke Lee Chan
Charlotte Henry Mlle. Kitty
Thomas Beck Phil Childers
Gregory Gaye Enrico Barelli
Margaret Irving Mme. Lilli Rouchelle
Nedda Harrigan Mme. Lucretia Barelli
Frank Conroy Mr. Whitely
Guy Usher Inspector Regan
William Demarest Sgt. Kelly
Maurice Cass Mr. Arnold
Tom McGuire Morris
Fred Kelsey Policeman
Selmar Jackson Wire-photo Technician
Emmett Vogan Newspaper Wire-Photo Technician
Benson Fong Opera Extra

Technical Credits
H. Bruce Humberstone Director
Lucien Andriot Cinematographer
Charles S. Belden Screenwriter
Duncan Cramer Production Designer
Lewis H. Creber Production Designer
W. Scott Darling Screenwriter
Samuel Kaylin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
William Kernell Screenwriter
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Oscar Levant Consultant/advisor
George Leverett Sound/Sound Designer
Herschel McCoy Costumes/Costume Designer
Bess Meredyth Original Story
John Stone Producer
Alex Troffey Editor

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