Charlie Chan at the Opera

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Charlie Chan at the Opera is a 1936 film about a dangerous amnesiac who escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him thirteen years ago.

Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. Written by Bess Meredyth.
A fiendish killer lurks at the opera! Weird! Thrilling! The Master Minds of Crime Match Wits Against Each Other!  (taglines)

Charlie Chan[edit]

  • Small things sometimes tell large story.
  • Honorable father once say, "Politeness golden key that open many doors."
  • Roses and romance like tenor in opera - sing most persuasive love song.
  • Very old Chinese wise man once say, "Madness twin bvrother of genius because each live in world created by own ego. One sometimes mistaken for the other."
  • Man who ride on merry-go-round often enough finally catch brass ring.

Mr. Arnold[edit]

  • I'm stage manager here and this opera's going on tonight even if Frankenstein walks in.
  • Did you ever see a baritone you could trust?


  • Sergeant Kelly: I don't like that guy Borelli! I think he uses perfume!


Sanitarium Guard 1: What's the mater Joe? Nervous?
Sanitarium Guard 2: Aw this job gives me gooseflesh. You're new here, but in a couple of months you'll get as jumpy as me.
Sanitarium Guard 1: Hey I've 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.

Charlie Chan: Case still wide open like swinging gate.
Sergeant Kelly: Watta yuh mean?
Charlie Chan: Gravelle not murderer.
Inspector Regan: Not Gravelle?
Charlie Chan: Excuse please, will demonstrate hypothesis.
Sergeant Kelly: What?
Charlie Chan: Word of Greek origin, hypo meaning...
Sergeant Kelly: [interrupting] Hypo! I get it! He's hittin' the pipe again!

Lee Chan: I knew we were on the right track Pop! The first time I saw Madam Borelli, I was sure she was guilty, because... [the visor on his helmet slams shut, cutting him off]
Charlie Chan: Case now closed.


  • A fiendish killer lurks at the opera! Weird! Thrilling! The Master Minds of Crime Match Wits Against Each Other!


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