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     Gilbert Martines is a Charlie Chan expert . . . .  He has been researching the man that Earl Derr Biggers based his Chinese detective on:  Chang Apana!  Gilbert is in the process of pulling together all his work for a new book about Apana!
     Maven will keep you posted while checking back to Gilbert's website in the meantime at http://www.charliechanshawaii.blogspot.com/

     Here is the interview that Gilbert was kind enough to give Maven!

Gilbert Martines' Interview about Chang Apana

     Gilbert got an interview with Detective Joe Lum, part of which is in this audio clip:

The Legend of Chang Apana

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Some Of Chang Apana's Amazing Adventures

Chang Apana was really an Indiana Jones type of hero. Here are some of his exploits as described in my book "Charlie Chan's Hawaii":

"Fred Kramer, retired Captain of the Guards at Oahu Prison and Halawa Jail, had some interesting reminiscences about Chang Apana. Kramer actually saw Apana in action leaping from roof to roof in Chinatown, like a human fly. In appearance, Kramer recalls, 'Apana looked so frail that one slap could break him apart.' "

"Apana, though fragile in appearance, was in reality a very tough man. Once while attempting to raid a gambling game, he was hurled from a second story window, but like the proverbial cat, he landed miraculously, on his feet unhurt. Another time when arresting a dangerous Filipino suspect, he was slashed across the stomach with a knife. Again he emerged unscathed as the knife landed on a broad belt that he was wearing."

"Apana had another close brush with death during the arrest of a prison escapee. He was assigned with Chief of Detectives Arthur McDuffie, and Assistant Chief John Kellett to capture a Korean, who had broken out of jail, and who was known to be a desperate character when cornered.

They finally located their quarry, hiding under a house. When he was ordered to come out he replied with a fusillade of shots, one of the shots boring the palm of Kellett's hand. More shots followed that narrowly missed hitting McDuffie and Apana. In a lull between the shots exchanged between the escaped felon and the officers, Apana sneaked around the end of the house, while the other two officers held the fugitive at bay. In the twinkling of an eye, Apana pounced on the prisoner. He was in the midst of life and death struggle when the other two officers came to his rescue. At the end of this ordeal, Apana was in such bad shape, that he had to be taken to the hospital for a week to recuperate."

Posted by Charlie Chan at 4:59 PM

Monday, October 5, 2009

Dark Alibi (1946) 

To watch " Dark Alibi", starring Sydney Toler as Charlie Chan, just click on the link below for streaming video:
http://drivein.awardspace.com/charlie-chan-dark-alibi-1946.html

Posted by Charlie Chan at 10:22 PM

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Charlie Chan Old Time Radio Shows:*

 

Here are some cool old time Charlie Chan radio shows that you can listen to online. Just click on the radio button below:

http://ia310816.us.archive.org/3/items/CharlieChan_956/CharlieChan-TheFrightenedSharaf_64kb.mp3


http://ia310816.us.archive.org/3/items/CharlieChan_956/CharlieChan-TheManWhoMurderedSantaClaus_64kb.mp3

 

http://ia310816.us.archive.org/3/items/CharlieChan_956/CharlieChan-TheRomanticEngineer_64kb.mp3

 

http://ia310816.us.archive.org/3/items/CharlieChan_956/CharlieChan-TheTelltaleHands_64kb.mp3


http://ia331312.us.archive.org/1/items/otr_charliechan/CharlieChan-CharliesDaughterIsKidnapped.mp3

 

http://ia331312.us.archive.org/1/items/otr_charliechan/CharlieChanMurderInCabin15.mp3

*Maven has added these links since she couldn't pull up Gilbert's.  Sorry, Gilbert!