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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.
Mystery Net Community Mystery Greats Charlie Chan
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