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Charlie Chan

Charlie Chan wasn't entirely a fictional creation. The author Earl Derr Biggers fashioned him after a real-life detective in Honolulu named Chang Apana. The character appeared in six novels, the first of which was The House Without a Key, but it was his presence in more than forty movies that Charlie Chan replaced the then-pervasive image of the devious, sinister "Oriental villain" (such as Fu Manchu) with that of a calm, insightful, and never-failing sleuth who prevailed no matter how clever his adversary, or how much bumbling interference he experienced from one of his several wannabe sons.
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Fran Hinkel - 01:34am Aug 17, 2008 PST(#175 of 178)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

I'm still a diehard fan of the old black and white, Warner Oland stories.

Freddie Mesquit - 05:10am Nov 2, 2009 PST(#176 of 178)

To Peggy Wright,

The chauffer's name, in case you haven't learned yet, was Birmingham. Also, I just wondered if anyone out there collects the books? I have all of them (with dust jackets) including two different covers with dust jackets for "House Without A Key" which was the first Charlie Chan mystery.

chjade - 10:19am May 12, 2012 PST(#177 of 178)

havenot seen a detective who could be as humble as my entire life detective readings...

Bill Dunning - 03:34pm Feb 10, 2013 PST(#178 of 178)

I have just purchased a DVD set of 36 BW films (Oland, Toler, Winters) from the site iOffer. Their price is $23 for the set. No notes, nice square (CD-size rather than DVD tall) box. The set includes "Eran Trece," the Spanish version of "CC Caries On," the one that Oland never finished because of illness and finally, death. Missing (besides all the lost films, of course) are "Secret Service," "Chinese Cat," "Black Magic," "Scarlet Clue," "Jade Mask" as well as two Spanish indies, "Serpiente Roja" and "Monstruo en la Sombra." Also not there, of course, the five (or more?) Chinese-made CC films. Nobody seems to have those. "Return of CC" and "Curse of the Dragon Queen," the two modern color full-length pieces (ca. 90' each) are of course not there, either. And finally, what about that 19' short made a couple of years ago, "CC in Transylvania" by amateur Brian Nichols?

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