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Welcome to the Charlie Chan Page!
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Please accept this lei as an honored guest and enjoy your stay!
Becky Truesdale's Watercolor
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In the Chinese Manner
Welcome to the Charlie Chan Annex!!
Maven has been a great fan of the rotund Chinese detective from Hawaii, both in the movies and original books, for years.
Please keep checking back for more goodies as they are added!

AND TO QUOTE WALTER WINCHELL:

Sex can’t be important in films.

Remember, the world’s leading film attractions remain

Charlie Chan, Boris Karloff and Shirley Temple.

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Note from Charlie Laghostie:
     Maven and I would like to thank Douglas Wulf over on Rush Glick's Message Board* for bringing to our attention how to translate "Charlie Chan" into Chinese (traditional - we aren't sure just what dialect it's supposed to be!): 
 陳查理
 

A Chinese Watercolor by Maven's Mother
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For those who wonder about the watercolor at the top of Maven's home page . . . it was done by Maven's late and honorable Mother who learned to do watercolors in the Chinese manner by Allison Stilwell Cameron. Cameron learned it while her father, General Joseph ("Vinegar Joe") Stilwell was stationed in China in the thirties.

And if you run out of Christmas Carols,
try our own version in honor of Charlie Chan!
 
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHAN-DOM!

by Maven Lowel (2010)

On the first day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . # One Son on the top of the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the second day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . Two Sons wrapped in Charlie Chan Family Tree and One Son on top of the Charlie Chan Family Tree.

On the third day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . three Sons Hanging in the Chan  Family Tree, Two Sons wrapped in the Chan Family Tree and # One Son in the Chan Tree.

On the fourth day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . four Chan Daughters stacking dishes on the dining table, three Sons hanging in the Chan Family Tree, Two Sons wrapped in the Chan Family Tree and One Son on the top of the  Chan Tree.

On the fifth day of Chan-dom my true love gave to me . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS ringing  the bells for dinner, four Chan Daughters stacking dishes, three Sons hanging from the Chan Family Tree, two sons wrapping round Chan Family Tree and one Son on the top of the Chan Tree.

On the sixth day of Chan-dom my true love gave to me . . . six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories . . . and FIVE CHAN ACTORS. . . four Chan daughters, three Sons hanging in the Chan Tree, two Sons wrapped up in the Chan Tree and One Son in the top of the Chan Tree.

On the seventh day of Chan-dom my true love gave to me . . . seven Charlie Chan Movie Eras, six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories, and . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS . . . four Chan daughters, three Sons hanging in the Chan Tree, two Sons wrapped in the Chan Tree and One Son in the top of the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the eighth day of Chan-dom my true love gave to me . . . eight modes of transport, seven Charlie Chan Movie Eras, six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories, and . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS . . . four Chan daughters, three Sons hanging in the Chan Tree, two Sons wrapped in the Chan Treeand One Son in the top of the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the ninth day of Chan-dom my true love gave to me . . . nine oversea countries where Charlie traveled, eight modes of transport, seven Charlie Chan Movie Eras, six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories, and . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS . . . four Chan daughters, three Sons hanging in the Chan Tree, two Sons wrapped in the Chan Tree and One Son in the top of the Chan Tree.

On the tenth day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . ten Chan assistants, nine oversea country Charlie traveled, eight modes of transport, seven Charlie Chan Movie Eras, six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories, and . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS . . . four Chan daughters, three Sons hanging, two Sons wrapped and One Son in the top of the Chan Tree.

On the eleventh day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . 11 cities in the Americas that he saw, ten Chan assistants, nine oversea countries Charlie traveled, eight modes of transport, seven Charlie Chan Movie Eras, six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories, and . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS . . . four Chan daughters, three Sons hanging in the Chan Tree, two Sons wrapped in the Chan Tree and One Son in the top of the Chan Tree.

On the twelfth day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . twelve Charlie Chan Maps, eleven cities in the Americas he saw, ten Chan assistants, nine overseas countries Charlie traveled, eight modes of transport, seven Charlie Chan Movie Eras, six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories, and . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS . . . four Chan daughters, three Sons hanging in the Chan Tree, two Sons wrapped in the Chan Tree and one Son in the top of the Chan Tree.

Warner Oland, the Actor Who Made Charlie Chan
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A,merica's Favorite Chinese Detective

There is a website that shows seven Charlie Chan movies for free:  http://retrovision.tv/movies/charlie-chan.
 
Good news:  They range from Charlie Chan's Secret (1936) to Charlie Chan in The Golden Eye (1948).
 
Bad news:  Each listing comes with a picture of Sidney Toler except for Roland Winter's with The Golden Eye.
 
Scary News:  Too many people commenting on the pictures can't tell the difference between Toler's pictures and Warner Oland and Roland Winters in some of the film.

Ever think about the various fashions in the Charlie Chan movies?!  Two that are frequently mentioned are the Panama hats and certain . . . furs!  Here are a few thoughts that those of us at The Old Movie Maven have enjoyed!

Panama Hats
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From Newt at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Panama Hats

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The Infamous White Fox Fur Lady
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Katherine de Mille as Yvonne Roland with George Chandler as the Ship's Radio Operator

Katherine de Mille in a Non-White Fox Fur
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With Warner Oland as Charlie Chan

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And here is an article from way back when that a fellow Charlie Chan fan wrote for Maven about furs in the movies . . . since we've had so much fun with the infamous "White Fox Fur" lady herself, Katherine de Mille, in Charlie Chan at the Olympics!

Fashion in Film: Furs - Part 1

Fashion in Film: Furs - Part 2

A Stone Martin Fur
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A Stone Martin Stole
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A Real Chinese Charlie Chan?
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The One Remaining Piece of "An Orphan"

An Orphan (1929):  A 1929 Shanghai Movie, about a woman's hard life and subsequent heroic rescue. Silent, B&W, with original Chinese and English intertitles/  There is some question as to what year it was made.  There is no question that it is a Chinese silent!:

http://www.archive.org/details/anorphan  

About the Movie "An Orphan" (1929)

White Rose Woo and Her Time

Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) in the REAL China?!

And Conversely We Have Charlie Chan in China

CHARLIE CHAN: A Hero of Sorts

Warner Oland as Charlie Chan Singing to Children
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On the Way to Shanghai

Chinatown My Chinatown [1929]: This is an early Screen Song Cartoon by Max Fleischer and definitely predates Political Correctness!  It was released originally by Paramount and taken from an old NTA print.:
as opposed to the Mills Brothers' version of the song Chinatown, My Chinatown at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMk4dSy8OhQ

A Quickie Update for Charlie Chan Fans!
 
Gilbert Martines has an interesting new addition to his Chan Blog at http://detectivecharliechan.blogspot.com/ about Chang Apana's family . . . family that I hadn't been aware of - or at least didn't remember!
 
Need I say that Gilbert's continued book project is one more indication that interest in all things Chan . . . up to and including Chang Apana . . . is still going strong?!

Maven is pleased to bring this interview with author Yunte Huang talking about his Charlie Chan biography to Matt and Rush Glick over at www.charliechan.info. 

 

Thanks, you all!

 

 

Hello Everyone!

I just came across the following link which will allow you to watch Yunte Huang, author of "Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History" on C-SPAN.

It's a one hour spot and can be accessed on the right side of the screen. I haven't had a chance to view it yet, but thought our honorable family here may be interested.

 

 

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/295806-1

Yunte Huang talked about the life and times of Hawaii detective Chang Apana (1871-1933) and cultural impact that the fictional character based on him produced. He spoke at D.G. Wills Books in La Jolla, California.

Maven is reprinting a quiz she originally aired on her original Charlie Chan Annex from www.mysterynet.com/charlie-chan/triva.
 
How else to start a new school year than with a "pop" quiz?! 
 
 

Saturday, June 11, 2005[1]

I have something new today: a Charlie Chan Trivia Quiz, courtesy of

www.mysterynet.com/charlie-chan/trivia.

1. Which of the three of the following actors portrayed Charlie Chan in the movies?


0 Warner Oland
0 Sidney Toler
0 J. Carroll Naish
0 Roland Winters
0 Ho Chi Minh
0 Peter Lorre


2. How many children did Charlie Chan have?


0 Two
0 Six
0 Fourteen
0 Siamese Twins


3. What was the first Charlie Chan movie?


0 Charlie Chan Takes a Chance
0 Charlie Chan in Honolulu
0 Behind That Curtain
0 Charlie Chan Takes Two with Eggroll


4. Which one of these Charlie Chan movies was adapted from an Earl Derr Biggers novel?


0 Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
0 The Black Camel
0 The Chinese Ring
0 Charlie Chan Does the Hula


5. Which other Asian detective followed in the movie tradition of Charlie Chan?


0 James Lee Wong
0 Judge Dee
0 Mr. Moto
0 Lo Fat

posted by Virginia at 6/11/2005 03:30:00 PM |


[1] This is from Maven’s original blog, Charlie Chan Annex.

 Thanks to fellow Chan Fan Diana for posting this link over at Rush Glick's message board at www.charliechan.info Wednesday:  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129260913.
 
The Review is also now here at:

GIving Charlie Chan a Second Chance

It's a review of a new book on Charlie Chan, "Giving 'Charlie Chan’ A Second Chance" by Maureen Corrigan.

 

It's a rather long article but Maven  has something of a problem with it at the get go . . . a sentence in the first paragraph:  “The actor who played Charlie Chan in that and 40 other films was Warner Oland; like Sidney Toler, the actor who succeeded him in the role, Oland was Caucasian — Swedish, in fact!”

 

To Maven’s count, there were forty + films.  Out of those forty + were sixteen made with Warner Oland, twelve still available and four early ones considered to be among the Holy Grail of Lost Films.

Maven is no great shakes at math . . . well . . . shaking numbers in frustration is about the only thing she can do well with them . . . but twelve plus four does NOT add up to forty . . . unless you get certain political pundits in here for the math which would just muddle things up BIG TIME!

Yunte Huang, the author, describes Chan as:  But to many Asian Americans, he remains a pernicious example of a racist stereotype, a Yellow Uncle Tom, if you will; the type of Chinaman, passive and unsavory, who conveys himself in broken English.

Maven remembers 2003 when Fox Movie Channel had a Charlie Chan Festival which hailed wide and far by Chan Fans everywhere.

It didn’t last long.

Why?  Precisely because Asian Americans were pretty much calling for the boycott because they said that to many Asian Americans, he remains a pernicious example of a racist stereotype, a Yellow Uncle Tom, if you will; the type of Chinaman, passive and unsavory, who conveys himself in broken English.

For starters, a “chinaman” is a seller of China.  Charlie Chan is Chinese.  Now who’s the racist?!

Chan is “passive and unsavory.”

Right, with 14 kids and traveling all over the world by every conceivable mode of transportation available at that time and standing up for – yes, the law – but to protect the innocent, bring down criminals and put them away.  One could make a case for Charlie that he’s like the Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, Dudley Do-right . . . trying always to do right.

If Chan was doing anything “unsavory” then please explain exactly what it is that he’s doing because “unsavory” smacks of underhanded and/or illegal activities and most people associate Charlie Chan with anything BUT underhanded and/or illegal activities.

And to do “write” at that!

This “unsavory” business is on a par with Charlie speaking in “broken English”.  If this is the kind of stuff you’re arguing, Maven is wasting her time – still – since she brought up in 2003 the fact that many Caucasians whose families have been in the United States of America for generations STILL don’t speak as well as Charlie Chan does.

Maven recommends at least reading the review for yourself as she believes in informed censorship . . . check out the book and the review and decide for yourself whether the book is worth paying your hard-earned for.

And thanks again to Diana at Rush’s Message Board!

Chang Apana
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As Played by Carey Tagawa

NEWS FLASH FOR
CHARLIE CHAN FANS!
 
     There had been news some little while ago about Jill Lepore writing about Chang Apana, said to be Earl Derr Biggers' insperation for his Charlie Chan.
     Ms. Lepore is now in The New Yorker about our honorable - and favorite! - Chinese detective, Charlie Chan, is now available in The New Yorker magazine.
     Thanks to fellow Chan Fan Bill Lutters about the story, Maven has pulled all four parts together . . . all ready for the reading at this link that includes a video!

CHAN THE MAN - On the Trail of the Honorable Detective

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What’s not to love, besides being an interesting spotlight on some Hollywood stars, however briefly?!  Not to mention that Frankie Darrow was in at least one Charlie Chan . . . at the Race Track?!

 

Interviewed Hollywood on Parade Stars . . .

This Clip is from an earlier Hollywood on Parade series. Every star is interviewed including Helen Kane, Billie Dove, Jimmy Durante, Ben Lyons, Bebe Daniels, Frankie Darrow & Anna Mae Wong and others. shared by BoopBoopaddoop

http://www.archive.org/details/InterviewedHollywoodOnParadeStars 

A NEW AND IMPROVED CHAN
IN SAN FRANCISCO MAP!
 
Godwinshelley (from Rush Glick's chat room at http://charliechanfamily.tripod.com/id17.htmlhas gone and improved on perfection with a Chan map of San Francisco, according to Earl Der Biggers' Behind That Curtain . . . with pictures!  Maven considers this a "shouldhave" for lovers of Biggers' books and movies!
Many thanks to Godwinshelley from Charlie Chan fans everywhere!
Then go to SAN FRANCISCO'S OLD CHINATOWN for a policeman's perspective!

Charlie Chan in San Francisco . . . wiith Pictures (Click to Save)

 A CHARLIE CHAN MYSTERY WEEKEND
In Beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii
 
     Maven is pleased to announce a dream of a weekend . . . in Honolulu no less . . . for Charlie Chan fans everywhere,
     Steve Fredrick (http://stevestoursandfilms.vpweb.com/) has pulled together a weekend of a "interactive tour [that] visits Chan-related crime sites, Chang Apana's former police station, coffee shops, gambling houses, movie theatres, and the residence of "Number One Son"!"
     For more information on this incredible Charlie Chan chance just check out the flyer:

Charlie Chan Mystery Tour

An Orphan (1929):  "A 1929 Shanghai movie, about a woman's hard life and subsequent heroic rescue. Silent, B&W, with original Chinese and English intertitles."  Maven is quoting archive.org because she frankly doesn't speak or write Chinese in any of its dialects!:

http://www.archive.org/details/anorphan

"An Orphan" (1929) - More about the movie.

Did you know that Charlie Chan's Number 1 Son* did the murals inside of Grauman's Chinese theatre?  Maven hasn't found photographs yet but more about Grauman's Theatre can be found on Maven's front page at THE OLD MOVIE MAVEN . . . The Website.
*This was Warner Oland as Chan and Keye Luke as Lee Chan.

     The Jazz Singer (1927 - silent) - This is Al Jolson's version that turned Hollywood upside down. . . .  Why?  Because audiences were so taken with hearing AND seeing Jolson that all the studios and movie theatres across the country had to change over to the new technology.  Turns out however bad a talkie was at this point it trumped most of the silents of the time.
Of special interest to Charle Chan fans, this is the film where Warner Oland spoke his first word, "STOP!" at just under 42 minutes.:
 

     Maven is tickled that she has such great sources!  And they're all over the place!
     A fellow Charlie Chan fan in Conneticut, Tom Salemme, sent a Chan article to Bill Lutters in Florida who was kind enough to send it to Maven.
     It's about the TCM SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION of four of the Monogram Chans that have just been released on DVD:
Dark Alibi, Dangerous Money, The Trap (with Sidney Toler) and The Chinese Ring (the last one being with Roland Winters).
     Thank you all so much, Tom and Bill!!

A Charlie Chan Article Discovered by Tom Selemme and Courtesy of Bill Lutters

Here are some interesting links for Maven's fellow Chan fans about our favorite detective!

 

This one is about Charlie’s sons – but no daughters, though! - http://cheddarbay.com/0000celebrityfiles/films/charliechan/clan/chanclan.html

 

This is a short biography of Warner Oland that includes a clip of Oland in The Black Camel:

http://www.things-and-other-stuff.com/movies/profiles/warner-oland.html

 

This link is about Dr. Howard Berlin, whom Chandom can call a master Charlie Chan Fan!

http://www.drberlin.com/chanfan/

 

This one is a biography of Keye Luke that includes some great posters of movies that he was in:

http://filesofjerryblake.netfirms.com/html/keye_luke.html

Hot Dog! 
I've found an item about Mantan Moreland with Jack Hill
discussing Chaney, Jr., and Mantan Moreland is at

We have added a new page to the architecture section:
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
It has not only hosted celebrities from Hollywood but itself has appeared in such movies as the Charlie Chan entry The Black Camel (1931)!

     Maven has come across a website that carries old radio shows for free, including Charlie Chan episodes.  Check these out![1]

 

Charlie's Daughter is Kidnapped
 Murder in Cabin 15
 The Escaped Musician
 The Frightened Sharaf
 The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus
 The Romantic Engineer
 The Telltale Hands

     For those who enjoy Charlie Chan in Egypt, (1935), you can go to MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine Murder Cases and read about Philo Vance in The Scarab Murder Case.
     Then you're in for a treat:  A nightclub outing that could have been in a scene of a Charlie Chan movie . . . at least during the Monogram era.  The later part of the clip will make you think of I Love Lucy , , , Lucy and Ricky doing Cuban Pete. . . .  It's certainly different!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=719x3uY6QCc&feature=related

      Be sure to check out CHARLIE CHAN: Gilbert Martines and Chang Apana about the very real Hawaiian Detective who was the basis for Earl Derr Biggers' Chan stories!

     Maven is happy to announce that she has begun a new Chan story:  Charlie Chan, Inc.
     Yes, it has Charlie plus as many of the kids as Maven can manage including Lee, Tommy, Frances and Gloria. . . .
     Yes, Gloria.  She's one of the younger Chans who is unnamed in the books and movies!
     Maven has posted the prologue to the story and the first chapter so . . . check it out at CHARLIE CHAN, INC.!

Maven may have come across the first horror movie made in China, in 1937 . . . Song at Midnight and directed by Ma-Xu Weibang.  The Chinese title is Ye ban ge sheng:
 

Aw, heck, let's enjoy this all year if only to use as a memory aid!

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHAN-DOM!

     Frank Westmore makes Shirley MacLaine into a Japanese geisha, believe it or not, at

Shirley MacLaine as a Geisha according to Frank Westmore

MAGIC IN MOVIES . . .
 
There has been magic in the movies since George Melies made his seminal
A Trip to the Moon (1902)
. . . But what of . . . magic . . . the illusions of Magicians . . . as they have practiced it over the millenium?!
Maven has been very lucky to get an interview with a couple who know . . . and inspired this page in Maven's website.
Rich and Karen Rogers have not only practiced that fine art but strive to spread the tradition of Houdini and Harry Blackstone in their website at www.moviesandmagic.com.  This on top of being fellow Chan Fans!
Please enjoy their interview!

Rick and Karen Rogers

"The Chinese Parrot" (1927)
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With Sojin as Charlie Chan and Anna May Wong

Maven has found a page given over to The Chinese Parrot (1927) with Sojin as Chan.  It's at

http://genealogyimagesofhistory.com/images5/Anna-May-Wong.jpg.

In case you haven't read it lately . . . and always a good way to prepare for one of the Chan spooky movies and/or Halloween:

CHARLIE CHAN . . . Psychic?

Maven has added the marriage of Hamilton MacFadden, director of several early Charlie Chan films, and his co-star in The Black Camel, Violet Dunn, over in
You won't believe who else is over there!

What does Charlie Chan have to do with horror/science fiction movies?!  That is beyond the fact that both Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff were in early entries in the series?!  Try Maven's page at

The Chan - Horror-Sci Fi Link!

And if that's not enough . . . :

Bela Lugosi's "Wong" Turn

"The Amazing Chan and Chan Clan""
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Episode 1 - "The Crown Jewel Caper"

"The Return of Charlie Chan" (1973)
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Episode 5 - To Catch a Pitcher

HAWAII STEVE'S DVD REVIEWS
 
     "Hawaii" Steve Fredrick has kindly written two reviews about subjects near and dear to us.  Charlie Chan, of course.
     One is "The Return of Charlie Chan," the 1973 Ross Martin incarnation.  The other is an episode of "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan" cartoon, one of a collection called "Saturday Morning Cartoons 1970s, Volume One" (2009).
     Plus a little extra:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhvU8UxnZ0M

Hawaii Steve's DVD REVIEWS

And be sure to check out his page at this site at

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Maven has received a recommendation of Hawaii Steve's
Charlie Chan Tour by Lou Arnagbo, Hawaii. . . . 
 
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Soundies
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The Music Videos of the Forties

This is a new addition to the MUSIC Page and for fans of the  CHARLIE CHAN ANNEX!
 
SOUNDIES:
 
'Soundies' were an early version of the music video, displayed on a Panoram (a coin-operated film jukebox) in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, factory lounges and amusement centers during the early-mid 1940's.
 
For Charlie Chan Fans . . .
 
Dorothy Lamour - The Moon Of Manakoora, 1943
[This is from The Hurricane [1937] that also had Layne Tom, Jr., as Mako]:
 
A Hawaiin Hula Song:
 
Tony Pastor and Henry "Riggs" Guidotti on
drums doing the "Hawaiian War Song":

Warner Oland
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In "Charlie Chan's Courage: (1934)

HOTCHA!!

Maven has scored another one!

Check out a synopsis with Warner Oland in the new Charlie Chan film!

Charlie Chan's Courage at Paramount

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For lovers of vintage mysteries and those made into movies:
 "A Bizarre Musical Number From 1934" is the title of a clip on Youtube.com that has "Philo Holmes" (played by Charles Jubels) and Watkins (Franklyn Pangborn).  It's from a film called My Grandfather's Clock (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025538/fullcredits#cast).
     The clip is at
And this clip looks like it came from the same movie . . . either part or maybe at the end?!
 

The Mills Brothers sing "My Little Grass Shack." 
What a great way to get ready for a Charlie Chan movie!

http://ia300010.us.archive.org/3/items/MillsBrothers-21-30/MillsBrothers-MyLittleGrassShackInKealakekuaHawaii1933.mp3

Here's a link to the Mills Brothers singing "Nagasaki" from 1937.
What does it have to do with Charlie Chan?
Maybe not much but why not here as well as any place on this website with a name like "Nagasaki"?!

Raul Roulien
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Click on His Picture to Hear Him Sing "Orchids in the Moonlight"

Charlie Chan Carries On (1931) is, of course, one of the
"lost Chans."  Fortunately, we at least have the
Spanish language version in Eran Trace (1931)
But American audiences couldn't be denied a talent! 
Raul Roulien went from playing Max Minchin with his
party entertainment in Eran Trece to a starring role in
Flying Down to Rio (1933):  Orchids in the Moonlight
(click on the picture or on the link here
(with Delores del Rio; just don't ask Maven
to be able to translate the introduction!).
Roulien was in a clip also from 1931:
"You're So Delicious"
Warning:  It's immediately followed by another number,
Janet Gaynor singing "Sweet and Cute" from 1931.

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     Maven is pleased to announce that she has an interview with Oden Fong, # 1 son of Benson and Maylia Fong!  He is a pastor at the Cavalry Chapel out in California.  Read more right here!

Oden Fong

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A new page has been added to Maven's Charlie Chan Annex: 
You'll find some of Kurt Schmidt's old CCMB Archives and Chan Soundbytes!

Maven has moved the Chan quizzes and puzzles to a new page - complete with new stuff! - at CHARLIE CHAN: Puzzles and Quizzes!
Maven came across an interesting webpage about the James Lee Wong movies at http://www.geocities.com/nuelow/movwong.html.

"Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture" (1949)
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Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949)
 
     This is the last entry in a very enjoyable series with Chester Morris as Boston Blackie.  But what will interest Charlie Chan fans is the number of Chan Faces you'll find in this movie!
     Joan Woodbury (from Opera, Broadway and The Chinese Cat) is older but not any nicer in this movie.  Philip Ahn (Charlie's son-in-law in Honolulu) owns a Curio Shop in New York's Chinatown.  Benson Fong (just one of Charlie's numerous Chan Clan!) is the clerk in Ahn's shop.  Victor Sen Yung (ANOTHER one of Charlie's kids!) plays a ticket taker at a movie house in Chinatown.
     Maylia . . . okay, so she wasn't any a Charlie Chan movie but she married Benson Fong and they lived happily ever after with five kids!
     That would have been a great series all by itself!
     This movie was set in New York's Chinatown - or Columbia's equivalent! - but you might want to check out an article about SAN FRANCISCO'S OLD CHINATOWN that includes a segment about the tours that the Chinese used to give to their "underground" - which is fun to know while watching the Chinatown Tour in the movie!

Marjorie White
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Rita Ballou in "Black Camel" (1931)

For Charlie Chan Fans of Black Camel
(1931) . . . Marjorie White was Rita
Ballou in that Chan entry.  Now Chan 
Fans have a chance to see her singing
andcavorting with Bert Wheeler 
in Diplomaniacs (1933)!
 
Plus an extra treat with Marjorie White:
 
     Rush Glick has a great post on his message board about another of Marjorie Whites roles, in Just Imagine. It's a 1930 goodie about what it might be like in New York City fifty years!
The start of the movie:
 
Rip Van Winkle, circa 1980:
 
Insta-Babies:
 
A musical number:

Black Magic/Meeting at Midnight (1945)
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With Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan and Frances Chan as . . . Frances Chan

Black Magic/Meeting at Midnight (1945)
 
     Maven was checking old files and came across these links for the Toler/Chan film, Black Magic/Meeting at Midnight (1945), with Frances Chan as . . . tada! . . . Frances Chan!
     The first link is to the complete movie on the internet for those who don't have it on vhs tape or dvd. The others are to help make it an even more enjoyable time!:

Rita Cansino in Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)
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Before She Became Rita Hayworht
Joan Broadway
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AKA Marie Collins from Charlie Chan on Boradway (1937)

     Maven has come across a double-link to the Charlie Chan Series! 
     She came across a new video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj_dnnRPniU
 . . . .  Rita Hayworth (billed as Rita Cansino) is doing a very sultry dance in the 1935 Dante's Inferno with Spencer Tracy.  Maven hadn't thought it contained the entire dance because she remembers Cansino's very long hair coming undone. . . .  Just think of all those bobby pins all over the dance floor!  But this seems to have the full segment and no bobby pins.  Maybe she had better luck than Maven does with her bobby pins!*
    That video is that "Rita Cansino" made Dante's Inferno right after she made Charlie Chan in Egypt.
    Plus the music sounds suspiciously like the music that Joan Woodbury (as Marie Collins) danced to in Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937).
    Maven came across another video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPxqmjk30tQ of Joan Woodbury, circa 1937, which is a different take on her than Chan Fans usually see.
 
*You can find more about Dante's Inferno (1935) at http://claudia79.tripod.com/inferno.html.  Then watch this clip of Rita Hayworth as Gilda in the 1946 movie of the same name . . . .  You'll never think of long gloves in the same way again!
Plus more about long gloves at Maven's ETTA KIT

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Maven posted on two other websites about what Warner Oland and Boris Karloff had in common and got a quick answer from Steve Fredrick (CHARLIE CHAN: Hawaii Steve and the Charlie Chan Tour) at www.charliechan.info.  Unfortunately for Maven, he thought up a lot more answers than she had!:

(1) In the movies, they both became stereo-typed by playing popular fictional characters.

(2) They both wore make-up to create these famous characters.

(3) They both began their film careers during the silent era.

(4) They both became movie icons during the 1930s.

(5) They both worked with Bela Lugosi.

(8) They both made movies shot in Hawaii.

(9) Last but not least, they both played Fu Manchu in the movies.

And more Karloff/Oland similarities from Steve:

(1) Both actors were born in a foreign country, but achieved their great success in the USA.

(2) Both actors died in their respective home countries, i.e.: Karloff in England and Oland in Sweden.

(3) Both actors appeared in films with the beautiful Myrna Loy.

(4) Both actors appeared in films with the equally beautiful Valerie Hobson.

Plus an excellent point from Rush Glick:

The way the question was worded with 'apart from the Chan series' sort of negates this answer, but another point of comparison is that both played Chinese detectives in the movies with Oland as Chan and Karloff as Mr. Wong (with Keye Luke taking over this role for one movie serving as another point of connection).

Warner Oland as Charlie Chan
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With an Austrailian Poster With a Koala Bear

     Maven just came across this photograph of Warner Oland in his guise as Charlie Chan.  He's holding what may be a travel poster for Australia, with a Koala bear.
     Maven rather wonders why unless it's part of a publicity campaign for Charlie Chan at the Race Track, which starts in Australia but has nothing to do with Koala bears!
     Unless the Koala cuties look better on posters than the Melbourne Cup cuties?!

Warner Oland
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And then there's . . . Warner Oland (Charlie Chan and Fu Manchu) seen "behind the scenes" with W. C. Fields in a Bobby Jones' Short!  Don't believe me?!?!  :-)

The Kentucky Derby (1922)
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Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)
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Click on the Pictures for Recipes to Go with These Movies

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     Maven has added to her page MOVIES: What to Watch When in honor of America's triumvirate of horse racing:  The Kintucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes:

THE AMERICAN TRIPLE CROWN OF THE HORSE WORLD

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Squidoo - www.squidoo.com
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Click on Squidoo to Go to Another Chan website

     Maven has come across a new (to her!) website about our favorite Chinese detective!:  http://www.squidoo.com/charliechan
     It has a lot of Chan information that you might find elsewhere (including this one) but it has sections that Maven hasn't seen, such as adding posters and Chan radio shows for sale. 
     It also a link to a Charlie Chan T-shirt for sale on ebay (as of this writing.)
     Squidoo also has sections on Chan's impact on television, children's cartoons, etc. . . .
     Nice site!

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The Black Camel
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Is Available Again

     Barnes and Noble Bookstores are releasing a new copy of The Black Camel as of May 28, 2009 at $11.21 - 25 % off the listed price of $14.95, pre-orders accepted at http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Black-Camel/Earl-Derr-Biggers/e/9780897335850.  (Not to mention shopping around for better prices!)
 
     You can also check out the story with Warner Oland as the rotund Chinese Detective at http://www.livevideo.com/video/4BC5E8DCD7C6440DA0EFD404FEF3F26E/charlie-chan-the-black-camel.aspx.
 
Enjoy!

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     Maven came across this segment from The Show of Shows (1929) called Chinese Fantasy Myrna Loy and Nick Lucas . . . .  These were the kind of roles that Loy was usually stuck with early in her career:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvt4OTCfq3w&feature=related
 
     Of course . . . there is also Fu Manchu (1932) that she did with Boris Karloff!  Watch a clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cszbDdpa8Zw.

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Thousand Hand Guan Yan
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You are not going to believe this video that Maven was sent.  Everyone of the 21 dancers in this show are deaf.  Incredible!
 

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Maven came across an article that she wrote about the first Chan fan gathering in Texas . . . back on February 3, 2003!

The Chinese New Year in Texas

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THE ADVENTURES OF CHARLIE CHAN RADIO SHOW!!
 
Maven came up with this in response to a question from Russell over at Rush Glick's message board (http://charliechanfamily.tripod.com/id113.html).
 
The episode is called "The Curious Bride of the Sea Witch"!
 

Warner Oland's Portrait
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By Imogen Cunningham
Warner Oland as a Werewolf in
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"Werewolf of London" (1935)

  HOTCHA ALERT
TO CHARLIE
CHAN FANS!!!!

We now have the beginning clip to Werewolf in London (1935) that has Warner Oland's first appearance in the movie . . . and as a werewolf no less!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uxEoTKv9_M

Friend Evan in Nevada - Maven doesn't know what she'd do without him and his family! - let her know about a website that his daughter Earianedd discovered: 
 
A link to Kurt Schmidt's website:  http://www.charliechan.net/
 
And another great link for a great detective:  http://www.mysterynet.com/charlie-chan/timeline/

Eleanor Powell
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"Honolulu" (1939)
A Very Young Robert Young
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     What does Eleanor Powell doing a hula have with Charlie Chan's The Black Camel (1931)?!
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The Mills Brothers
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Maven remembers hearing The Mills Brothers on the radio and television only to go on and find them in movies.  Whatever venue they played, these brothers were always worth listening to!
 
For Chan Fans, shades of Charlie Chan on Broadway!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMk4dSy8OhQ&feature=related
 
And a longer clip of the Mills Brothers . . . some of their best vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFuXtajtbPg  

Maven now has a KAY LINAKER page that you might want check out!

Bela Lugosi
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"The Black Camel"

The Joss House
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Mendocino, California

     My cousin Maven came across a Joss House in her research . . . .  It's at 45160 Albion Street, Mendicino, CA.  I don't know if my namesake, Mr. Chan, ever visited one but it sure is interesting to look at!

Daffy Duck in
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"Blame It on the Samba" (1948)

     Just for the heck of it . . . and if you need help to stay warm! . . . how about a little Donald Duck in Blame it on the Samba (1948).  Is it the best Donald Duck cartoon that Maven can come up with?  No, but it is cute and catchy, especially if you want a cartoon to go with Charlie Chan in Rio (1941) . . . !  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hkJr3bOFOE&feature=related

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley
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Possible Inspiration for "Charlie Chan in Castle in the Desert" (1941)

     Want to see what may have been the inspiration for Castle in the Desert?!  Then click here ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Scotty's Castle!

     I am tickled about Maven has posted three articles on her COSTUME DESIGNERS page about Paramount's Edith Head, Orry-Kelly (think Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (1942) and Travis Banton (he designed clothes for Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express [1932] with Warner Oland).  I hope you enjoy them!

      Not to mention that Cousin Maven is adding a Blooper Page for Chan Fans at BLOOPERS: Charlie Chan!!

I have discussed this page with my cousin Maven. . . .  We are re-naming the "HAPPY HOLIDAYS" page in the New Year so please make note of the new name:
 
"THE CHARLIE CHAN FAMILY COOKBOOK"

Want some sample recipes?  Click on the links below:

CHARLIE CHAN COOKBOOK: Mrs. Chan's Stew - Perfect for "The Shanghai Cobra"!

CHARLIE CHAN COOKBOOK - Chop Suey - THE Dish for Chan Fans!!

CHARLIE CHAN COOKBOOK - Eggnog - with Spirits

CHARLIE CHAN COOKBOOK - Eggnog - With Ice Cream Substitution

Marvin Miller
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Click on the Picture to See His Volkswagon Commercial as Charlie Chan

     Thanks to Rush Glick at his www.charliechan.info message board at http://charliechanfamily.tripod.com/id113.html for bringing this commercial to the attention of all Chan Fans!!
     This clip seems to be unavailable for the time being, darn it!
     The actor playing the rotund Chinese detective is one Marvin Miller, who had become . . . frankly . . . rotund in the old-fashioned way just like Charlie Chan!
     Miller had played in such other detective series as The Phantom Thief (1946, Boston Blackie) as Dr. Najino; Forbidden Planet (1956, Robby the Robot); and as Michael Anthony in The Millionaire (1955 - 1966).
     And if his voice sounds familiar . . . it should because Miller did a lot of voice-over roles such as in The Deadly Mantis (1957).

WHAT DO CHARLIE CHAN, BORIS KARLOFF, SHIRLEY TEMPLE AND SEX HAVE IN COMMON?!

Bast, the Egyptian Cat Goddess
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Doesn't She Remind You of Chan's Chinee Cat?!

Doesn't this statue of Bast, the Egyptian Cat Goddess, remind you of the statue in Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat?!
While we're at it, how about some cat bloopers?!

Warner Oland used his role as Charlie Chan to help get out the vote in Pennsylvania in 1935 so that people could see their favorte actors/movies on Sunday!

Warner Oland as Charlie Chan in the 1935 Pennsylvania Referendum

Wild Life, Chan Style
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From Dangerous Money

Charlie Chan movies do have some wild life of one sort or another.  One that has stuck in the minds of many Chan Fans is the turtle with the flashlight on its back in Dangerous Money (1946).  It's on the screen briefly but it does appear twice . . . .  Why? . . .   Beats the heck out of Maven but it's fun to watch for it, regardless of what you think of the rest of the movie!

Charlie Chan, in the Fashion of . . . Wax Museum
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By Taylor Schultz(C)
Another View of Charlie
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By Taylor Schultz(C)

You can see more of
Taylor's work at
his page here
at
 
 

Charlie's Ready for His Close-up
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By Taylor Schultz(C)
Warner Oland Who Made
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Charlie Chan Famous on the Screen

Maven came across a rather unique look on Warner Oland at the end of his career . . . interesting, especially for Halloween . . . .

CHARLIE CHAN . . . PSYCHIC?!

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Maven has been proud to know another one of the best-known Charlie Chan Scholars - Steve Rhodes, from Australia.  Steve has written quite an interesting look at Warner Oland, who made Charlie Chan famouson the silver screen.

Warner Oland Insights - by Steve Rhodes

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Warner Oland's Portrait
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By Imogen Cunningham
Henry Hull in a Little-Scene Still from
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"Werewolf in London" (1935)
     One of Warner Oland's non-Charlie Chan roles was as a werewolf in Werewolf of London (1935).  According to www.imdb.com/title/tt0027194/trivia:
 
"The 'original theatrical trailer' provided as a bonus feature on the DVD is actually the re-edited 1935 trailer, with only Henry Hull and Valerie Hudson identified by name, and a Realart re-release title card prepared for the 1951 re-issue.  Scenes with Warner Oland are prominently featured, but his name never appears  a typical attempt to disguise the age of the film, since Oland had been dead for many years by the time it was re-leased."
Warner Oland as a Werewolf in
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"Werewolf of London" (1935)
Henry Hull in the Title Role of
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"Werewolf of London" (1935)
     "Release."
     "Re-release."
     "Re-issue."
     Maven wonders wht Universal calls it when a movie has been released so many times that everybody has forgotten how often!
     Maven always wants to laugh at this makeup of Warner Oland as a werewolf in Werewolf of London . . . .  What were they thinking about at Universal?!?!
     Did they really need Oland to look like this to make Henry Hull's makeup look better and/or more frightening?!
     And it says something about Oland and Hull's acting that they could keep from laughing their heads off in this scene!
     Check out the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSpJdIe4X2o

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Keye Luke
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# 1 Chan Son
Keye Luke with David Carradine
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"Kung Fu" (1972 - 1975)

     One of Keye Luke's best-known roles was as Charlie Chan's #1 Son, Lee, not to mention as Master Po in the television series Kung Fu (1872 - 1975).
     Some might remember Luke in such movie series as Lionel Barrymore's Dr. Gillespie movies--the Dr. Kildare series after Lew Ayres left.  Luke also played Lee Chan in Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938), a make over of Charlie Chan at the Ringside, the never-finished last film of Warner Oland. 

Keye Luke, Harold Huber and Peter Lorre in
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"Mr. Moto's Gamble" (1938)

     Keye Luke was also a surgeon in the Japanese Embassy in Germany during World War II in Invisible Agent (1942), albeit briefly in a scene with . . . Peter Lorre.
     Blink and you'll miss Luke taking out the hooks from Jon Hall's net-covered body.
     What would Papa Chan have said if he knew # 1 Son ended up a bad guy during WWII?!?!  And with Chan's cinematic rival, Moto, at that?!?!

Boris Karloff as Gravelle in
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"Charlie Chan at the Opera" (1936)
Oland & Karloff on Charlie Chan at the Opera Set
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Courtesy of www.charliechan.info
Don't you just love this sketch of Boris Karloff from Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)?!?!  And be sure to check their pages here at
I've been going through old issues of The Old Movie Maven and came across an article that might just pique your interest in Warner Oland as . . . Werewolf, courtesy of Jack Pierce!

JACK PIERCE AND HIS WEREWOLF MAKEUP

Want to read reviews of the Charlie Chan movies?!  Check 'em out!

CHARLIE CHAN IN EGYPT (1935)

BEHIND THAT CURTAIN (1929)

There is a review of "The Black Camel" (1931) at this link to Maven's THE OLD MOVIE MAVEN Blog. Just click here and then scroll down to read it.

James Hong . . . Click on Picture for An Interview
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Among Several Other Actors
Sammee Tong - A Bit Player in Shanghai - 1935
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Click on Photo to See "Bachelor Father" (1957 - 1962)

Two Charlie Chan actors had international movie ties, as it were. 
Sammee Tong was one of the locals who brings the disguised Keye Luke to Charlie's hotel room in Charlie Chan in Shanghai [1935]) and James Hong was # 1 son to J. Carroll Naish's Charlie in the British TV series, The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957).
They both lent their voices to the American version of GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTER:  Tong was the voice of Dr. Yamane and Hong did voice-overs for both Serizawa and Ogata.
You can check out more about them at their Internet Movie Database pages:

For those of you who can't get enough of our favorite detective, this is a link to a project that Maven was part of several years back, over at Rush Glick's www.charliechan.info - A handful of us got together and wrote a Chan script set between Warner Oland's last Chan movie and Sidney Toler's first one . . . and complete with Lee and Jimmy both!
CHARLIE CHAN AT COLLEGE

Plus an article by Rush from several years back:

CHARLIE CHAN AT THE TECHNOLOGICAL EDGE by Rush Glick

Charlie Chan and Fu Manchu . . . together?!  Yep!!

Charlie Chan and Fu Manchu

AND FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW WHAT CHARLIE CHAN'S SAN FRANCISCO WAS LIKE BACK IN THE DAY, CHECK THIS ARTICLE OUT:
 

Enjoy these introductions from the American Classic Movie Channel back in the day before they started airing movies chock full of commercials!

AMC Introduction - Charlie Chan at the Opera

AMC Introduction - Charlie Chan at Treasure Island

AMC Introduction - Murder Over New York

Not to mention Rush Glick's website that has more about the Charlie Chan movies than you thought was ever available!

Just Click on Rush Glick's Icon
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To go to Rush's Website

This is one of Maven's favorite sites, because this is where you'll find her most every Monday night, from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern) and we start watching our own tapes/DVDs of the Chan Movie of the week at 8:30 (Eastern).  Please come by, whether you have the Chan Movie of the Week or not, because we cover a wide area of topics besides Charlie Chan!  And Maven is lucky enough to have an article by the proprietor (and good friend) Rush Glick!

Rush also has the scripts to the four Lost Charlie Chan movies with Warner Oland:
 
Charlie Chan Carries On
This Chan film is based on the Earl Derr Biggers story of the same name about an around-the-world trip that is plagued by . . . murder!
 
Charlie Chan's Chance
This is the second film version of Behind That Curtain and the first one to feature Chan as Earl Derr Biggers originally intended in a story where murder occurs in San Francisco against the backdrop of the Far East, missing persons and no one is who they seem.
 
Charlie Chan's Greatest Case
Based on the first Charlie Chan story - The House Without a Key - that introduced our favorite Chinese detective in a story where New England stoicism meets the laid-back Hawaiian Islands.
 
Charlie Chan's Courage
Charlie Chan goes undercover in the desert in a case that is clearly for the birds as it's based on Earl Derr Biggers' original story, The Chinese Parrot.
 

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Kurt Schmidt's Link to His Message Board
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www.charliechan.net

Maven isn't the only Chan Fan who gets her daily fix on Kurt's Message Board at http://forum.charliechan.net and you can get Maven's interviews with both Kurt and Rush over on her INTERVIEWS page.