Charlie Chan is a fictional Chinese-American detective created by Earl Derr Biggers, who acknowledged that he was inspired by the career of Honolulu policeman Chang Apana. Chan is the hero of a number of books and dozens of movies. A detective in the Honolulu Police Department, he and his wife have a very large family of children (the oldest of whom is colloquially known as "Number One Son") and live in a house on Punchbowl Hill.
Appearing in more than three dozen films from the silent era to the late 1940s, Chan outlasted many imitators and competitors rising to the ranks of the greatest movie investigators to stand alongside Sherlock Holmes, Nick Charles, and Sam Spade. However, Chan is also the subject of a great deal of controversy, with some calling him an offensive caricature or stereotype.
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1. Charlie Chan's Secret (1936) – Warner Oland as Charlie Chan
An ocean liner sinks off Honolulu and Allen Colby, heir to millions, is presumed dead...but local sleuth Charlie Chan is not so sure, and flies to San Francisco to investigate further. Somehow, the missing Colby is there ahead of him...but is knifed in the back before seeing anyone. Further events revolve around spiritualist Mrs. Lowell, her family of suspicious characters, and the spooky, untenanted Colby mansion, where the body turns up during a séance.
2. Dangerous Money (1945) - Sidney Toler
While on his way to Australia on an unrelated case, Charlie Chan investigates two murders involving "hot money" that occur aboard ship.
3. The Scarlet Clue (1945) - Sidney Toler
Government agent Charlie Chan is investigating a spy ring intent on stealing radar plans which leads him to a radio station in a building also containing a radar research facility.
4. The Trap (1946) - Sydney Toler as Charlie Chan:
This was Sidney Toler's final film and his final one as Charlie Chan. Stricken with cancer during his last few films, he was so physically weak during filming that he could hardly walk or say his lines coherently.
A variety troupe arrives at a beach house in Malibu for a small vacation. Chorus member Adelaide is blackmailing various members of the group, and the troupe's star Marcia has Lois (a member of the group who Marcia knows is underage and can get her fired) steal letters from Adelaide's trunk, but Lois is strangled while going through the trunk. Charlie Chan (with #2 son Jimmy and Birmingham) are called to investigate by finding Marcia who everyone believes is the murderess, but the case is further periled when Marcia's body is found washed up on the shore. Chan finds out that many members of the troupe had reasons to get the incriminating evidence back and also murder Marcia. He decides to set a trap to catch the killer, but Jimmy inadvertently interferes to solve the case, putting himself, Charlie, and the rest of the troupe at the mercy of the killer.
When a beautiful starlet is murdered in in Hawaii, suspicion points to a psychic adviser with a spirited nature. .But when Charlie Chan uncovers a link to an unsolved murder of a screen heartthrob, the sleuth finds that in Hollywood, fame can be murder! The earliest surviving Chan film with Warner Oland, it also features supporting roles for Bela Lugosi and Dwight Frye shortly after DRACULA opened.
10. Charlie Chan at The Olympics (1937) - Warner Oland & Keye Luke
Ace Chinese detective Charlie Chan and his son Lee who is an Olympic swimmer at the 1936 Summer Olympics face murder, intrigue and mystery
11. Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938) - Sidney Toler
While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.
13. Charlie Chan At The Wax Museum (1940) - Sidney Toler
An escaped convicted murderer hides out at a New York wax museum where he hopes to get plastic surgery, which will help him revenge himself on Charlie Chan
14. Charlie Chan in the Jade Mask (1945) - Sidney Toler
Aided by Birmingham Brown (Mantan Moreland) and Number Four Son, Charlie investigates the murder of a scientist who had invented a gas that makes wood as hard as steel.
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1. Charlie Chan in Behind That Curtain (1929) Warner Baxter and E.L. Park - This third Charlie Chan feature is the first to use sound. Chan fans may be disappointed in this globe-trotting mystery, however, as the detective (played by Korean actor E.L. Park) only appears in a few scenes. The story begins with a murder in London and the prime suspect is Colonel John Beetham (Warner Baxter), who is hiding pretty heiress Eve Mannering (Lois Moran) from her evil, philandering husband Eric Durand (Philip Strange). The action goes from England to Persia to India and finally ends up in San Francisco, where Chan prevents the gold digging Durand -- whom Eve has left for good -- from killing Beetham. Gilbert Emery, who plays a dedicated Scotland Yard detective, was originally envisioned as a big matinee idol, but was eventually relegated to thankless roles such as the one he plays here. The film is more noteworthy for its introduction of Boris Karloff to sound features, in a small role as a servant from Sudan who mutters inscrutable nonsense about the whims of the desert.
2. Charlie Chan In London (1934) Warner Oland - Honolulu detective Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) spends an eventful weekend at an English country estate in this fog-bound series entry. Young Neil Howard (Ray Milland) has been accused of murder, but family friend Geoffrey Howard (Alan Mowbray) expresses the hope that Chan will be able to locate the genuine killer. The weapons this time include a set of poison darts, while a series of cryptic notes provide vital clues to Chan and his Scotland Yard counterpart Sgt. Thacker (E.E. Clive), who insists upon calling the humble oriental sleuth "Mr. Chang" throughout the picture. Crucial to the plot's development is a fox hunt.
3. Charlie Chan In Egypt (1935) Warner Oland - While investigating the theft of antiquities from an ancient tomb excavation , Charlie discovers that the body of the expedition's leader concealed inside the mummy's wrappings.
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