Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen
Directed by Clive Donner
Produced by Jerry Sherlock
Screenplay by Stan Burns

David Axelrod

Story by Jerry Sherlock
Starring Peter Ustinov
Music by Patrick Williams
Cinematography Paul Lohmann
Edited by Walt Hannemann

Phil Tucker

Production company

American Cinema Productions

Jerry Sherlock Productions

Distributed by Entertainment Partners Ltd

Release date

  • February 13, 1981

Running time

97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen is a 1981 comedy–mystery film directed by Clive Donner that stars Peter Ustinov, Angie Dickinson and Lee Grant.

Plot Edit

Retired detective Charlie Chan is asked for his help by the San Franciscopolice to solve a new series of murders. This time his usual sidekick, Number One Son, has been replaced by Lee's own son, Lee Chan, Jr.

The prime suspect in the killings is a shady lady known as the Dragon Queen, but soon Chan's suspicions fall elsewhere. Among those at risk are Lee's maternal grandmother, Mrs. Lupowitz. Even though Charlie Chan's son is, as is usually the case, rarely accurate in reading clues, he has the love and support of Cordelia, his beautiful fiancée.

Cast Edit

  • Peter Ustinov as Charlie Chan
  • Lee Grant as Mrs. Lupowitz
  • Angie Dickinson as Dragon Queen
  • Richard Hatch as Lee Chan, Jr.
  • Brian Keith as Police Chief Baxter
  • Roddy McDowall as Gillespie
  • Rachel Roberts as Mrs. Dangers
  • Michelle Pfeiffer as Cordelia Farenington
  • Paul Ryan as Masten
  • Johnny Sekka as Stefan