Charlie Chan in Reno

Charlie Chan in Reno is a 1939 American film directed by Norman Foster, starring Sidney Toler as the fictional Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan, based on an original story "Death Makes a Decree" by Philip Wylie.

Charlie Chan in Reno
Directed byNorman Foster
Screenplay byFrances Hyland
Robert E. Kent
Albert Ray
Based on"Death Makes a Decree" by Philip Wylie
Produced byJohn Stone
StarringSidney Toler
CinematographyVirgil Miller
Edited byFred Allen
Music bySamuel Kaylin
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • June 16, 1939 (1939-06-16)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States


Mary Whitman has arrived in Reno to obtain a divorce. While there, she is arrested on suspicion of murdering a fellow guest at her hotel (which specializes in divorcers).

There are many others at the hotel who wanted the victim out of the way. Charlie Chan travels from his home in Honolulu to Reno to solve the murder at the request of Mary's soon-to-be ex-husband.


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