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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.
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  • Hi, Barbara!.. by Medea - Jul 1, 98 (#1 of 178)
  • Biggers not only modeled Chan on a real detective,... by Mark Troy - Jul 14, 98 (#2 of 178)
  • Greetings suspects I remember first getting... by Anthony John - Jul 16, 98 (#3 of 178)
  • I'm kind of a fair-weather Charlie fan, so... by Paul Bergin - Jul 16, 98 (#4 of 178)
  • I don't know the answer to this so this is not a... by Bob Hemple - Jul 20, 98 (#5 of 178)
  • In response to Bob's question, it was in the very... by David Katzoff - Jul 20, 98 (#6 of 178)
  • I haven't seen any of the movies, but I've read... by Mark J Tilford - Jul 20, 98 (#7 of 178)
  • I'm looking for more Chan videos... by Jimmy Wallis - Jul 22, 98 (#8 of 178)
  • Saturday afternoons , A Charlie Chan movie on the... by Judy Anne Coon - Jul 23, 98 (#9 of 178)
  • Double amen...and, excuse me, could you pass that... by Karen Hanson - Jul 26, 98 (#10 of 178)
  • It's great to find this site after years of... by David Smith - Jul 28, 98 (#11 of 178)
  • Last year around the Thanksgiving Holiday AMC... by Deb Antko - Jul 30, 98 (#12 of 178)
  • If there were 40 Chan movies, many have never been... by Bill Cassell - Aug 3, 98 (#13 of 178)
  • There is a pretty cool website of the Monogram... by peter chimmerault - Aug 3, 98 (#14 of 178)
  • I was searching for the web site Peter recommended... by Deb Antko - Aug 4, 98 (#15 of 178)
  • Deb, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!!.. by Karen Hanson - Aug 4, 98 (#16 of 178)
  • Karen, you're very welcome... by Deb Antko - Aug 5, 98 (#17 of 178)
  • Deb, I will be watching!.. by Karen Hanson - Aug 5, 98 (#18 of 178)
  • Just found this great site!.. by Zell Froud - Aug 5, 98 (#19 of 178)
  • That's what I heard!.. by Karen Hanson - Aug 6, 98 (#20 of 178)
  • I started reading the Chan books in elementary... by Richard Fulp - Aug 6, 98 (#21 of 178)
  • Sometime later this month AMC is having another... by Dick - Aug 7, 98 (#22 of 178)
  • Charlie Chan is a wondreful character to watch on... by Ross Moritz - Aug 9, 98 (#23 of 178)
  • Ross, help me out here... by Karen Hanson - Aug 9, 98 (#24 of 178)
  • The Falcon is the lead character is a series of... by Dick - Aug 10, 98 (#25 of 178)
  • Mantan Moreland was wonderful in the Monogram... by Scott Van Den Berg - Aug 11, 98 (#26 of 178)
  • I found a set of cassette tapes featuring a radio... by Karen Hanson - Aug 12, 98 (#27 of 178)
  • It's wonderful to see I'm not alone in my love... by PatRafferty - Aug 23, 98 (#28 of 178)
  • Hello fellow Chansters... by Zell Froud - Aug 23, 98 (#29 of 178)
  • Zell, the great Mae West said too much of a good... by P Marlowe - Aug 25, 98 (#30 of 178)
  • P... by Zell Froud - Aug 26, 98 (#31 of 178)
  • Yep, it is, but it's a pseudonym - actually my... by P Marlowe - Aug 27, 98 (#32 of 178)
  • Yo!.. by PatRafferty - Aug 28, 98 (#33 of 178)
  • Hi P... by Zell Froud - Aug 29, 98 (#34 of 178)
  • Hello Zell Froud!.. by PatRafferty - Aug 30, 98 (#35 of 178)
  • P... by Zell Froud - Sep 1, 98 (#36 of 178)
  • Someone somewhere else on this vast network of... by P Marlowe - Sep 2, 98 (#37 of 178)
  • To Zell: Great come back....very funny!.. by PatRafferty - Sep 4, 98 (#38 of 178)
  • Hi Pat: I have 15 CC's taped unfortunately CC at... by Zell Froud - Sep 5, 98 (#39 of 178)
  • Yes, I did know that!.. by PatRafferty - Sep 5, 98 (#40 of 178)
  • You might check out www.rareserials.com/ I have... by Dick - Sep 7, 98 (#41 of 178)
  • Dick; found "JIM'S RARE SERIALS & B-WESTERNS"... by PatRafferty - Sep 8, 98 (#42 of 178)
  • Great site, I have a CC video collection also... by Terry Whitsitt - Sep 9, 98 (#43 of 178)
  • Re: Charlie Chan movies that have been copied and... by PatRafferty - Sep 10, 98 (#44 of 178)
  • Here's a real Trivia Question for you C C fans... by Chuck Luckett - Sep 10, 98 (#45 of 178)
  • Pat: I see that you have received your tapes... by Zell Froud - Sep 10, 98 (#46 of 178)
  • Chuck, it it Louise Norman?.. by PatRafferty - Sep 10, 98 (#47 of 178)
  • Hello Chuck!.. by PatRafferty - Sep 10, 98 (#48 of 178)
  • Her real name was Shirley Blattenburgh{BORN NAME}... by Chuck Luckett - Sep 11, 98 (#49 of 178)
  • Pat send me your e-mail address and I'll send you... by Chuck Luckett - Sep 11, 98 (#50 of 178)
  • Pat: I was just on another Charlie Chan message... by Zell Froud - Sep 13, 98 (#51 of 178)
  • Dear Zell: Thanks for the warning... by PatRafferty - Sep 14, 98 (#52 of 178)
  • Can anyone tell me the character name of Charlie... by Jesse Strange - Oct 3, 98 (#53 of 178)
  • Birmingham Brown when played by Mantan Moreland... by Dick - Oct 5, 98 (#54 of 178)
  • Does anyone know where you can order Charlie Chan... by Bobbie Jeffers - Oct 10, 98 (#55 of 178)
  • Bobbie: scroll up and click "Charlie Chan" on the... by Pat R. - Oct 14, 98 (#56 of 178)
  • Just want to let CC fans know that AMC is showing... by Deb Antko - Nov 3, 98 (#57 of 178)
  • Hi Chuck, I am a Charlie Chan fan and I have... by frank piper - Nov 13, 98 (#58 of 178)
  • Frank, that scene with Moreland was in "King of... by Jim Knoppow - Nov 23, 98 (#59 of 178)
  • Greetings from Bologna (Italy) I don't know the... by Renzo Cotti - Nov 27, 98 (#60 of 178)
  • I am looking for VHS Video copies of the following... by Dan Ellis - Dec 15, 98 (#61 of 178)
  • First time in group... by Mike urie - Dec 19, 98 (#62 of 178)
  • Can someone PLEASE summarize the book THE HOUSE... by Christina Peters - Dec 19, 98 (#63 of 178)
  • To Doug Palmer... by Marlene Lowen - Jan 5, 99 (#64 of 178)
  • Can anyone tell me if there was a Chan movie where... by Richard Ware - Jan 24, 99 (#65 of 178)
  • If you have a first edition of "The Black Camel"... by john mitchell - Mar 5, 99 (#66 of 178)
  • Sydney Toler was an exceptional Charlie Chan... by Todd Richards - Mar 20, 99 (#67 of 178)
  • Hi all, I'm new here and just taking a moment to... by Chalice - Mar 24, 99 (#68 of 178)
  • Originally posted by Shari: Does any one know the... by Fran Hinkel - Mar 26, 99 (#69 of 178)
  • Originally posted by Bill Williams: charlie chans... by Fran Hinkel - Mar 26, 99 (#70 of 178)
  • Does anyone have the full list of Charlie Chan... by Chalice - Mar 29, 99 (#71 of 178)
  • does anyone know of a web site regarding one of... by theresa heitz - Mar 31, 99 (#72 of 178)
  • Therese, Sorry, I checked a few search engines... by Chalice - Apr 1, 99 (#73 of 178)
  • Charlie Chan had a driver "Birmingham played by... by Edith Beers - Apr 3, 99 (#74 of 178)
  • Thanks Edie- I love the old chan movies... by Chalice - Apr 5, 99 (#75 of 178)
  • Mystery.Net has a Charlie Chan Web page that was... by Edith Beers - Apr 11, 99 (#76 of 178)
  • I never found the C.C... by Brad Friedman - Apr 14, 99 (#77 of 178)
  • I have most of the videos available from MGM and... by stanley O'Neil - Apr 20, 99 (#78 of 178)
  • Two places on the web with Charlie Chan tapes are ... by Dick S. - Apr 26, 99 (#79 of 178)
  • Thanks! by Chalice - May 3, 99 (#80 of 178)
  • Thanks for the Help Dick I found it Thank you... by stan O'neil - May 5, 99 (#81 of 178)
  • I started watching Charlie Chan films many years... by Marti - Jun 10, 99 (#82 of 178)
  • I agree Marti, Charlie Chan solved his cases with... by Chalice - Jun 10, 99 (#83 of 178)
  • Surfed on a little to late to enter the trivia... by D.E. Novak - Jun 17, 99 (#84 of 178)
  • Hello out there all you charlie Chan fans, I am... by Michelle Stafford - Jun 21, 99 (#85 of 178)
  • Hi Michelle, I too love Charlie Chan and wish... by Chalice - Jun 21, 99 (#86 of 178)
  • Honorable Mom here... by Suzanne Siegrist - Jun 21, 99 (#87 of 178)
  • If a Chan film were to be remade, whom would you... by Shelly Jacobs - Jun 22, 99 (#88 of 178)
  • Hmmmm..good question...Jackie Chan would be too... by Chalice - Jun 22, 99 (#89 of 178)
  • I have heard a rumor on one of newsgroups that... by David Matthews - Jun 26, 99 (#90 of 178)
  • Really David??.. by Chalice - Jun 26, 99 (#91 of 178)
  • What's this?.. by Bruce Salen - Jul 1, 99 (#92 of 178)
  • An important factual correction to your page is... by Bruce Salen - Jul 1, 99 (#93 of 178)
  • Hmmmm...interesting tidbit!.. by Chalice - Jul 1, 99 (#94 of 178)
  • To anyone willing to help, Hi there!.. by Kalona - Jul 10, 99 (#95 of 178)
  • Wow Kalona.. by Chalice - Jul 11, 99 (#96 of 178)
  • My name is Charles Mitchell, and I am the author... by Charles Mitchell - Jul 12, 99 (#97 of 178)
  • I read Charles Mitchell's Charlie Chan book and it... by Ron Schwartz - Jul 15, 99 (#98 of 178)
  • What joy to find Charlie Chan movies for sale to... by locolobo - Jul 26, 99 (#99 of 178)
  • Welcome (((locolobo)))!.. by Chalice - Jul 26, 99 (#100 of 178)
  • Please help me... by Marc Capralis - Jul 30, 99 (#101 of 178)
  • To Charles Mitchell and others: I just tried... by Marc Capralis - Aug 1, 99 (#102 of 178)
  • Yes, Marc, my book is out there and available... by Charles Mitchell - Aug 2, 99 (#103 of 178)
  • does anyone know how to get the charlie chan tv... by eric bower - Aug 17, 99 (#104 of 178)
  • The CHARLIE CHAN movies RELEASED are indeed... by Felix Tsung_Hsien - Aug 24, 99 (#105 of 178)
  • At one time I located a source on the net which... by Scott K. Van Den Berg - Aug 27, 99 (#106 of 178)
  • above alll the best c chan movie is: charlie chan... by robert isaiah - Sep 7, 99 (#107 of 178)
  • I think it was Cesar Romero... by David Matthews - Sep 18, 99 (#108 of 178)
  • In the 1970's there were just four editions... by David Matthews - Sep 18, 99 (#109 of 178)
  • For all who are interested, On AMC on October 2... by D.E. Novak - Sep 22, 99 (#110 of 178)
  • Charlie Chan at Treasure Island was a very ... by Dave Rozzo - Sep 29, 99 (#111 of 178)
  • In one of Charlie's movies, No... by John Seymour - Sep 30, 99 (#112 of 178)
  • John Seymour... by David Matthews - Sep 30, 99 (#113 of 178)
  • **** Announcement**** The AMC (American Movie... by Chalice - Oct 1, 99 (#114 of 178)
  • It's a 24 hour marathon..but those 9 movies will... by Chalice - Oct 1, 99 (#115 of 178)
  • Could someone please tell me what ever happened to... by Dan Thornton - Oct 2, 99 (#116 of 178)
  • Please tell me that someone taped C... by Mat Ecklund - Oct 2, 99 (#117 of 178)
  • Hey, any of you "Charlie Chan" fans out there know... by Leonard Kohl - Oct 2, 99 (#118 of 178)
  • I CAN NOT BELIEVE MY GOOD FORTUNE IN FINDING SO... by MCGHEE PATRICIA - Oct 3, 99 (#119 of 178)
  • Patricia, Try "reel.com or amazon.com -also check... by Edith Beers - Oct 4, 99 (#120 of 178)
  • Does anyone remember the Charlie Chan Mystery... by Cheryl Mack - Oct 5, 99 (#121 of 178)
  • Were all the Charle Chan books, etc... by William Sweigard - Oct 5, 99 (#122 of 178)
  • William Sweigard... by David Matthews - Oct 6, 99 (#123 of 178)
  • Hi, I'm new and was wondering, "Who was your... by Kelly Reigle - Oct 8, 99 (#124 of 178)
  • The debate would be more between Warner Oland and... by Edith Beers - Oct 11, 99 (#125 of 178)
  • AMC has had two Chan marathons over the last... by Steve Becker - Oct 11, 99 (#126 of 178)
  • I think without a doubt the best Chan's were those... by David Matthews - Oct 12, 99 (#127 of 178)
  • I recall seeing the Peter Ustinov film - more of... by Benita Morris - Oct 15, 99 (#128 of 178)
  • Can anyone give me a bio or any other details on... by Ted Osborn - Oct 19, 99 (#129 of 178)
  • Talk about rotten luck... by Kelly Reigle - Oct 21, 99 (#130 of 178)
  • Tried to tape several movies recently..Alas, the... by Mark Anthony - Oct 27, 99 (#131 of 178)
  • To Mark Anthony Of the around 14 films that have... by Benita Morris - Oct 27, 99 (#132 of 178)
  • I'm doing a Chan Poll for another message board,... by - Dec 12, 99 (#133 of 178)
  • Mark Anthony: Do you have a Media Play store in... by Kelly Reigle - Dec 29, 99 (#134 of 178)
  • Did anyone tape the Charlie Chan movies on AMC... by Bobbie Jeffers - Jan 2, 00 (#135 of 178)
  • Bobbie-- I just spent a great weekend watching 7... by sA - Jan 3, 00 (#136 of 178)
  • I recently purchased a set of 8 Charlie Chan hard... by Joe Souza - Jan 10, 00 (#137 of 178)
  • What was the book Behind that curtain about?.. by Garvin Ha - Jan 10, 00 (#138 of 178)
  • all of the Chan movies(with the exception of the... by R. Metz - Jan 13, 00 (#139 of 178)
  • Dear Mr... by John J. Raspanti - Jan 25, 00 (#140 of 178)
  • Hello John, To answer your question, your... by R. Metz - Jan 25, 00 (#141 of 178)
  • Wasn't there a Chan movie with zombies in... by frank wian - Sep 25, 00 (#142 of 178)
  • I remember seeing a zombie movie with Best in it... by P Marlowe - Sep 28, 00 (#143 of 178)
  • How many Chan books were there?.. by Donna Nowak - Oct 30, 00 (#144 of 178)
  • if anyone is looking for more of the charlie chan... by kevin shaffer - Jan 31, 01 (#145 of 178)
  • Frank Wian... by David Matthews - Mar 14, 01 (#146 of 178)
  • Frank Wian... by David Matthews - Mar 14, 01 (#147 of 178)
  • I am doing a Charlie Chan Top Ten Poll at the... by - Jul 23, 01 (#148 of 178)
  • Has anybody else here found them selves suddenly... by Mark J Tilford - Jul 23, 01 (#149 of 178)
  • Here is the Chan Poll after 72 voters... by Doug - Jul 24, 01 (#150 of 178)
  • Updated Chan Poll after 85 voters: 1... by - Jul 26, 01 (#151 of 178)
  • Date: Sunday, 29 July 2001, at 8:24 p.m... by Doug - Jul 30, 01 (#152 of 178)
  • Ok, last chance to vote... by Doug - Jul 31, 01 (#153 of 178)
  • Final Chan Poll Results: 1... by Doug - Aug 2, 01 (#154 of 178)
  • Where can I find Chan films from Monogram with... by Lou Schuster - Aug 4, 01 (#155 of 178)
  • Are there any current reprints of Der Biggers'... by alain - Jul 18, 03 (#156 of 178)
  • Didn't realize my message was the 1st in 2... by alain - Aug 13, 03 (#157 of 178)
  • Hi, My name is benny and i'm putting together... by Benny Hope - Nov 11, 03 (#158 of 178)
  • Does anyone know of a movie, where Charlie Chan... by Craig Moore - Nov 21, 03 (#159 of 178)
  • Has anyone ever had problems with "Golden Age... by Kevin Peterson - Dec 9, 03 (#160 of 178)
  • I would like to know how many references to... by Jerome Correll - Jan 8, 04 (#161 of 178)
  • To Craig Moore: I believe the title to the... by Gary E. Finkenbinder - May 30, 04 (#162 of 178)
  • Where can I purchase a movie (VHS or DVD) of... by Riban - Jul 14, 04 (#163 of 178)
  • Riban, if you click our link in the yellow box at... by Fran Hinkel - Jul 16, 04 (#164 of 178)
  • For you folks that don't hang around the Charlie... by Doug Palmer - Jul 23, 04 (#165 of 178)
  • Vote on Charlie Chan Poll now, the last date to... by Doug Palmer - Aug 2, 04 (#166 of 178)
  • I want to say that I absolutely LOVE Charlie Chan... by Dark Monarch - Dec 26, 04 (#167 of 178)
  • First I just want to say that I too love Charlie... by Lainey Washburn - Jan 9, 05 (#168 of 178)
  • I have been a big charlie Chan fan... by peggy wright - Feb 13, 05 (#169 of 178)
  • I saw on eBay 18 DVDs of 36 Charlie Chan films... by aj abuan - Mar 10, 05 (#170 of 178)
  • Many people have found the Birmingham Brown... by Roger Vann - Mar 16, 05 (#171 of 178)
  • Frivilous thought: I wonder what they think of the... by Fran Hinkel - Aug 22, 05 (#172 of 178)
  • What many people forget is this is history... by Ron Germano - May 5, 07 (#173 of 178)
  • Ross Martin's Return of Charlie Chan DID "make the... by Leonard Freeman - Dec 27, 07 (#174 of 178)
  • I'm still a diehard fan of the old black and... by Fran Hinkel - Aug 17, 08 (#175 of 178)
  • To Peggy Wright, The chauffer's name, in case... by Freddie Mesquit - Nov 2, 09 (#176 of 178)
  • havenot seen a detective who could be as humble as... by chjade - May 12, 12 (#177 of 178)
  • I have just purchased a DVD set of 36 BW films... by Bill Dunning - Feb 10, 13 (#178 of 178)

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