Charlie Chan goes to Egypt on behalf of the French Archaeological Society to investigate Professor Arnold’s excavation of Ameti’s tomb, because the artifacts discovered in the tomb have been found in other museums. Once there, however, Chan finds out from the professor’s daughter Carol, his son Barry, his brother-in-law, Professor Thurston, and Tom Evans, who is Arnold’s young assistant and Carol’s boyfriend, that Arnold has been missing for a month.
An X-ray machine reveals the presence of a corpse in an Egyptian sarcophagus.
It is not that of the ancient high priest. Instead the body is that of the archaeologist who was thought to be on a trip to the Upper Nile, but is now found murdered.
As much a horror film as a murder mystery, Charlie Chan in Egypt is one of the best entries in the “Chan” series. The story is motivated by a King Tut-like curse, which has apparently befallen the members of an archeological expedition. Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) is brought into the case when a French museum wants to find out how several valuable Egyptian artifacts, originally slated for museum exhibition, have ended up for sale to the highest bidder. Arriving in Egypt, Chan must first figure out the modus operandi for two murders in which neither a weapon nor a wound was found. The solution to the killings involves a certain musical pitch played on a violin (a familiar mystery-movie device of the period). Though the screenwriters do a good job concealing the identity of the villain, Fox Studio’s typecasting policy tends to give away that identity somewhat ahead of schedule. Prominent among the supporting players is black comedian Stepin Fetchit, whose stereotyped routines may offend the sensibilities of modern viewers.
Cast and Crew:
Director: Louis King
Production Company: Fox Film Corp.
Date Release: 1935
Audio & Video: Mono – Black & White
Warner Oland – Pat Paterson – Thomas Beck
Mystery Movies – Crime Movies
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