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The Charlie Chan Collection: Vol. 1 (Charlie Chan in London / Charlie Chan in Paris / Charlie Chan in Egypt / Charlie Chan in Shanghai / Eran Trece)

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Disk 1: CHARLIE CHAN IN LONDON (1934) *Full Screen Feature *The Legacy of Charlie Chan Featurette (15:00) *Theatrical Trailer

Disk 2: CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS (1935) *Full Screen Feature *In Search of Charlie Chan Featurette (20:00) *Charlie Chan In London Trailer

Disk 3: CHARLIE CHAN IN EGYPT (1935) *Full Screen Feature *The Real Charlie Chan Featurette (20:00) *Charlie Chan In London Trailer

Disk 4: CHARLIE CHAN IN SHANGHAI (1935) *Full Screen Feature *ERAN TRECE Fullscreen Feature (79:00) *Eran Trece Theatrical Trailer *Charlie Chan In London Trailer

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4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Chan on Three Continents March 31 2008
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Charlie Chan in London is one my favorite movies in the series. The opening grips you when you discover that a young man is about to be executed for a murder he claims he didn't commit. Only his sister believes in his innocence, and all avenues of escape seem closed after the Home Secretary turns down her appeal. But she begs Charlie Chan to see what can be done in the remaining three days.

Charlie is about to leave London but changes his plans to help the young people. Arriving at an English country manor, Charlie must examine the setting to find out what really happened. Only by finding the real killer can the young man be saved.

It all looks pretty bleak until Charlie re-creates the crime and begins to pick up clues. A rattled murderer soon begins making mistakes.

The mystery is a hard one to solve, and you won't identify the killer much before Charlie does. The continual tolling of time adds real suspense and drama to the investigation.

One of the strengths of this movie is that excellent character actors are allowed to steal scenes, in the best tradition of 30's movies: A supercilious and suspicious butler wants to keep Charlie out of the house; a drunk and his wife provide humorous by plays making fun of English pretentiousness; and a not-too-bright police detective has trouble with Charlie's name and following what Charlie tells him.

Drue Leyton is solid in the role of Pamela Gray, sister of the accused man. Her leading man, Ray Milland, is somewhat weak in his role . . . not yet having developed into the suave, assured actor he later became. But it's fun to see Milland as a young actor.

The setting is well done.
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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
After watching these movies,you will be coming up with alot of Chan aphorisms like that one...but probably much,much better!
This box set includes:
CHARLIE CHAN IN LONDON,CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS,CHARLIE CHAN IN EGYPT,CHARLIE CHAN IN SHANGHAI and ERAN TRECE(Spanish w/ English subtitles)/"Charlie Chan Carries On").The latter film does not include Warner Oland in the lead but it is an interesting look at what might have been.Unfortunately the original English version has been lost,along with three other Oland Chans.
I haven't seen any of these films in at least 50 years but they have lost none of their charm and heart and that is in BIG part to Warner Oland himself.I have seen Oland,Toler and Winters each playing the famous detective.In my oppinion the latter two just tried hard to imitate Oland but fell far short of the mark.They didn't have the dignity,heart,warmth nor comportment the way Oland did.In fact I have seen very few actors immerse themselves in their characters as much as he did.I would even dare say that after a time the two almost became inseperable.I know relatively little of Warner Oland's career except that I know he had played Oriental parts in previous years and that there was at one stage a walk off of a film set by the actor and then his eventual return to Sweden.He was having personal problems,alot of it brought on by alcohol.By today's standards one might say he was burned out.In the end he never returned and died in his homeland.Tragic,for his family and the public,as we lost a very talented man that day in 1938.
I recall reading but never finishing a Derr Biggers Charlie Chan novel.The reason? I had watched a couple of Oland Chan's before hand.Big mistake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chan-a-thon June 22 2011
Charlie Chan Vol. 1 is more enjoyable than a large helping of Moo-Shoo Pork! If you have a love for old movies and mysteries, that don't take themselves too seriously, this is the set for you. I've watched them before in their various VHS releases but I must comment on the terrific restoration efforts by Fox. These movies are now clear and more fun to watch than ever before. Warner Oland is wonderful as the "old Chinese detective". Keye Luke appears in three of the four movies as No. 1 son, Lee Chan. The movies themselves are everything you could ask of 30's detective stories. I am sooooo glad that Fox has chosen to release them without changing anything to suit modern tastes. These movies are a product of their era and if anything were edited or changed they would lose their appeal. There are interesting (if limited) special featurettes on all of the discs, including the only remaining version (in spanish) of the first Charlie Chan talkie. It is subtitled in english and fun to watch. I HIGHLY recommend this set to any fan of the 30's detective genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Charlie. April 26 2014
By Diane Edwards TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I bought all the Charlie Chan movies on DVD because I'm replacing my VHS copies. I have watched all of the Charlie Chan movies again and again. Will continue to do so in the future too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LONG LIVE INSPECTOR CHAN OF THE HONOLULU P.D! March 15 2006
By Ghoulchick - Published on Amazon.com
It's been 3 years since Charlie Chan films were knocked off the Fox Movie channel thanks to the meddling of the P.C. special interest groups. Well, the wait has paid off as these films are coming to dvd. This first collection will not only consist of four great films: Charlie Chan In London (1934), Charlie Chan In Paris (1935), Charlie Chan In Egypt(1935) and Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935). But among the bonuses, we get Eran Trece, a Spanish Language Charlie Chan film made in (1931) Here's a list of all the extras in this set:

The Legacy of Charlie Chan Featurette - 15mins
In Search of Charlie Chan Featurette - 20 mins
The Real Charlie Chan Featurette - 20 mins
Eran Trece Fullscreen Feature (1931) - 79 mins
Charlie Chan In London Theatrical Trailer
Eran Trece Theatrical Trailer

Kudos to Fox Home Video for having the backbone to finally release these films to us mystery lovers. Hopefully, Mr. Moto will soon follow.
182 of 195 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fox comes through! March 18 2006
By Steve Owens - Published on Amazon.com
The Charlie Chan series was one of the most successful in Hollywood history and remains very popular today.

Several years ago, Fox spent over $2 million restoring all of their Chan and Mr. Moto films. Based on the limited TV airings they received, these films look and sound the best they have in years. Given Fox's stellar reputation for high quality transfers and their recent conversion to using original poster art for covers, these DVDs will be a wonderful addition to a classic film library.

Although all the Fox Chans benefited from strong writing and high production values, these early films were clearly "A" level productions with elaborate sets and strong supporting casts including Ray Milland and (in an early role) Rita Hayworth.

Kudos to Fox to recognizing the high demand for these films. Let's hope the remaining Chans and Motos will be fast tracked.

Urgent plea to Amazon - please remove the numerous listings of bootleg Chans. If this set is to succeed, consumers can't be confused by illegal wannabees.
72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inscutable May 17 2006
By Bennet Pomerantz - Published on Amazon.com

Charlie Chan has always been a mystery hero of mine. This box set has four of the best Charlie Chan in a box. Included in the collection is Charlie Chan In London (1934), Charlie Chan In Paris (1935), Charlie Chan In Egypt(1935) and Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935). Eran Trece, a only Spanish Language Charlie Chan film made (1931) is a bonus to this collection.

I bought some of the loose Chans that MGM released a few years ago. Films titles like Meeting at Midnight, Jade Mask, and Chinese Cat were good, but the masters transfers to DVD didn't seen clean enough copies.

My history with Charlie Chan began about thirty years ago. I remember seeing all the Chan in late 1970's on WDCA channel 20 on sundays. They would run an marathon afternoon of entertainment which started with a Chan film , then a Blondie movie (which are not a DVD yet), and then finally either a Ma and Pa Kettle or a Francis the Talking Mule or a Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes.

From those sundays, I was hooked on the Hawaii detective with his children-especially his number one or two sons. The mysteries were classic whodunits, the audience were playing along with the Amazing Chan

So Charlie, welcome to DVD-so when is the other 38 films to be released on DVD in a box sets

Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confucius Meets Sherlock Holmes Nov. 16 2006
By Dave Clayton - Published on Amazon.com
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Confucius Meets Sherlock Holmes

One of the cultural icons of the 1930s, in print and on screen, was Charlie Chan. As is well known, Chan's creator, Earl Derr Biggers, based the figure upon a real Hawaiian detective,Chang Apana. But underneath the disguise we have no difficulty in detecting the features of Sherlock Holmes. At a moment when Asian characters frequently appeared in Western novels or stage plays as kowtowing houseboys or opium smoking fiends, Biggers showed real audacity in coming up with his sleuth.

But he was tapping into another stereotype, that of China as a land of ancient wisdom populated by oracular mandarins, from whose golden tongues aphorisms from Confucius or Lao Tzu flew like plum blossoms in the spring wind. Charlie Chan is Sherlock Holmes as an Eastern sage. Chan is a man of impeccable dignity and aplomb, who has no bottles hidden in his desk drawers and no blondes lurking in his closet, and who solves crimes by superior skull skills, in the words of Churchy La Femme.

There had been a couple of attempts at transferring Chan to celluloid in the 1920s, but the series really geared up when Fox cast Warner Oland in the role in 1931. Oland, who had previously played Jackie Robin's father in The Jazz Singer and the sinister Dr. Fu Manchu in some early sound pictures at Paramount, was no great actor, but he made the role of Chan incontestably his own. It is just as impossible for anyone who has ever seen Oland as Chan to imagine another actor in the role as it is to imagine anyone other than Basil Rathbone playing Sherlock Holmes.

A number of the Oland-Chan pictures have been previously available in VHS format, but this DVD set is an absolute treat, indispensable for Chan fans and for devotees of studio filmmaking in the heyday of Hollywood. The set consists of four pictures starring Oland made from 1934-35, along with Eran Trece (They Were Thirteen), the 1931 Spanish language version of the no longer extant Charlie Chan Carries On. In addition, there are three quite informative and well-made short documentaries dealing with the origin of the Chan figure and its development, the production of the films, etc.

One mystery that might have baffled Chan himself is the omission of The Black Camel (1931) from the set. Photographed partly on location at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and its environs, the movie boasts a cast that includes Bela Lugosi, Robert Young--in his first screen appearance--and Dwight Frye, albeit uncredited. I appreciate the inclusion of EranTrece, but it is mainly a curiosity, and inferior to The Black Camel. Fortunately, the latter film is not lost, and converts to the Chan cult can obtain an acceptable DVD copy of it from Sinister Cinema, which they will want to add to their collections.

All of the pictures in the set are quite entertaining if conventional thrillers set in foreign locales, Eran Trece being the weakest of the lot, mainly owing to Oland's absence. Eran Trece uses a global cruise as background for a murder mystery, while Charlie Chan in London--with a very young Ray Milland--recounts Chan's efforts to free an innocent man facing execution. In Charlie Chan in Paris, the detective visits the City of Lights to clear up a bank fraud, and supplies one of the series' more memorable lines, when he says to a companion, "Many strange crimes committed in the sewers of Paris," while gazing into some impenetrably murky subterranean waters.

Charlie Chan in Egypt centers upon the theft of relics from an Egyptian tomb, and Charlie Chan in Shanghai shows Chan breaking up a ring of opium dealers. Although these are all B productions, usually lacking well-known performers apart from Oland, Fox was a major studio, and the cinematography--honor to your memory, Joseph August, Ernest Palmer, Daniel Clark, and Barney McGill!--and set design are generally outstanding. The opening of the tomb at the beginning of Charlie Chan in Egypt, to cite one example, utterly puts to shame a comparable scene in The Mummy, when archaeologists unearth the tomb of Princess Anck-es-en-Amon.

Serious critics at the time would have dismissed the Chan movies as escapism; present day partisans of political correctness would have far harsher things to say. More than anything else, they are relics of a pre-World War II, pre-Cold War America that viewed the outside world with suspicion, if not necessarily hostility. They are not racist but outdated, so outdated that they have acquired the etiolated charm of a once stylish table lamp found moldering in the shadows of an antique store. To use a felicitous phrase of James Joyce's from Finnegan's Wake, they are "Only the fadograph of a yestern scene,"

Most importantly, one of the motives that first brought paying customers into movie theaters burns brightly in all of these films: to transport viewers to hitherto unrevealed lands of excitement and mystery. In the old days, the dimming of the house lights and the opening of the curtains was always the promise of a revelation. For this reason, my favorite of the set is Charlie Chan in Egypt which plunged me into an Egypt of the 1930s hardly less fabulous than that of the pharaohs, mesmerized me with its luminous procession of black and white images, and entrapped me in a silver nitrate labyrinth cleverly fabricated by the Fox studio. On the veranda, I sipped a gin and tonic, while an overpowering odor of ancient incense filled my nostrils. Could it be the same incense Ardath Bey burns for Helen Grosvenor in The Mummy?
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5.0 out of 5 stars "First time ever The Original Charlie Chan Mysteries on DVD ~ Fox Films" Aug. 3 2006
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment present "CHARLIE CHAN COLLECTION VOL.1", featuring Warner Oland as Honolulu detective Charlie Chan the popular Earl Derr Biggers character who took the country by storm in 1925...fighting for the underdog and on the side of good over evil, setting things right from wrong...Biggers penned the first Chan Book "The House Without A Key" while residing at the famous Halekulani Hotel...this role for Mr. Oland catapulted him to stardom and made the Charlie Chan series a cult favorite.

Disc One:
"CHARLIE CHAN IN LONDON" (1934) (79 mins/B&W) ...under director Eugene Forde, produced by John Stone, screenplay by Stuart Anthony, Lester Cole and Philip MacDonald, musical direction by Samuel Kaylin. . . . .cast includes Warner Oland (Charlie Chan), Drue Leyton (Pamela Gray), Douglas Walton (Paul Gray), Alan Mowbray (Geoffrey Richmond), Mona Barrie (Lady Mary Bristol), Ray Milland (Neil Howard), Murray Kinnell (Phillips), Walter Johnson (Jerry Garton), E.E. Clive (Detective Sgt. Thacker), Madge Bellamy (Becky Fothergill), David Torrence (Sir Lionel Bashford, Home Secretary), John Rogers (Lake), Paul England (Bunny Fothergill), Elsa Buchanan (Alice Rooney), Perry Ivins (Kemp),George Barraud (Maj. Jardine), Phyllis Coughlan (Nurse), Claude King (RAF Commandant), Helena Grant (Secretary), Reginald Sheffield (Flight Cmdr. King), Margaret Mann (Housemaid), C. Montague Shaw (Doctor). . . . .our story opens at a country estate Ray Milland has been accused of murder...suspects in the murder range from a housekeeper to a stableman to a lawyer...the weapons this time include a set of poison...watch for the fox hunt which will leave clues...this film is the longest of Fox's Chan series...see if you can pick out the killer before our famous Honolulu detective does. . . . . . special bonus feature: exclusive "The Legacy of Charlie Chan" features.

SPECIAL CHARLIE CHAN IN LONDON QUOTE: "If you want wild bird to sing do not put him in cage."

Disc Two:
"CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS" (1935) (71 mins/B&W)...under director Lewis Seiler, produced by John Stone, story by Philip MacDonald, screenplay by Edward T. Lowe Jr. and Stuart Anthony, based on the character by Earl Derr Biggers, Musical Direction/Supervision by Samuel Kaylin. . . . . cast includes Warner Oland (Charlie Chan), Mary Brian (Yvette Lamartine), Thomas Beck (Victor), Erik Rhodes (Max Corday), John Miljan(Dufresno), Murray Kinnell (Henri Latouche),Minor Watson (Renaud), John Qualen (Concierge), Keye Luke (Lee Chan), Henry Kolker (M. Lamartine), Dorothy Appleby (Nardi ), Ruth Peterson (Renee),Perry Ivins (Bedell), Harry Cording (Gendarme). . . . . . Keye Luke is "Number One Son" of Charlie Chan who is visiting in Paris for a vacation...our Honolulu detective is really on the trail of bond forgery racket...is there murder, mystery and suspense afoot, of course this a top notch Chan case...check out the strange journey through the sewers of Paris...could it be an international counterfeiting ring is operating on the back lot of the Fox Studio, stayed tuned and find out who the mystery guest is. . . . . . special bonus feature: exclusive "In Search of Charlie Chan" featurette.

SPECIAL CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS QUOTE: "Joy in heart more desirable than bullet".

Disc Three:
"CHARLIE CHAN IN EGYPT" (1935) (72 mins/B&W)....under director Louis King, produced by Edward T. Lowe, screenplay by Robert Ellis and Helen Logan, musical direction/supervision by Samuel Kaylin...cast includes Warner Oland (Charlie Chan), Pat Paterson (Carol Arnold), Thomas Beck (Tom Evans), Rita Hayworth (Nayda), Stepin Fetchit (Snowshoes),James C. Eagles (Barry Arnold),Jameson Thomas (Dr. Anton Racine), Frank Conroy (Prof. John Thurston), Nigel de Brulier (Edfu Ahmad), Paul Porcasi (Fouad Soueida), Arthur Stone (Dragoman), John Davidson (Daoud Atrash, the Chemist), Anita Brown (Snowshoes'Friend), John George (Dwarf Egyptian Helper), Gloria Roy (Bit),George Irving (Prof. Arnold), Frank Reicher (Dr. Jaipur). . . . . our story is one of the best of the Chan series, with a very young Rita Hayworth (Rita Cansino)...a corpse of an Egyptian sarcophagus is revealed by an x-ray apparatus...blends of horror in an old egyptian tomb filled with death gas and of course many old artifacts, but is the body an ancient pharaoh or a recently deceased person who has just been recently murdered...one of my favorite actors is Stepin Fetchit who when on the screen steals every frame with his stereotyped style, slow moving never a care but in real life he was anything but a smart actor and businessman...Chan must uncover this pyramid mystery before another murder shows up on the Fox lot. . . . .special bonus feature: exclusive "The Real Charlie Chan" featurettes.

SPECIAL CHARLIE CHAN IN EGYPT QUOTE: "Hasty conclusion like hole in water, easy to make."

Disc Four:
"CHARLIE CHAN IN SHANGHAI" (1935) (71 mins/B&W)....under director James Tinling, produced by John Stone, screenplay by Gerald Fairlie and Edward T. Lowe, musical director Samuel Kaylin...cast includes Warner Oland (Charlie Chan), Irene Hervey (Diana Woodland), Charles Locher (Philip Nash), Jon Hall (Philip Nash), Russell Hicks (James Andrews), Keye Luke (Lee Chan), Halliwell Hobbes (Chief of Police), Fredrik Vogeding (Burke), Neil Fitzgerald (Dakin), Max Wagner (Taxi Driver), Pat O'Malley (Belden), Harry Strang (Chauffeur). . . . . our story has an international opium ring with each chapter more exciting than the previous...appearing as the romantic lead is Jon Hall who gained fame as "Ramar of the Jungle" in a hit TV series...will this ring succeed in capturing Charlie Chan, what can Number One Son do to help his father before Charlie is killed off...when will we find out who is the mastermind behind this well scripted Fox film...all this and more await you in one of Chan's most exciting and suspenseful whodunits. . . . . .special bonus feature: includes full frame feature "Eran Trece" (1931) (79 mins/B&W), featuring Manuel Arbo as Charlie Chan in the Spanish language version of the lost film "Charlie Chan Carries On".

SPECIAL CHARLIE CHAN IN SHANGHAI QUOTE: "Motive like end of string, tied in many knots,
end may be in sight but hard to unravel.

1. Warner Oland (aka: Johan Verner Ölund)
Birth Date: 3 October 1879 - Nyby, Västerbottens län, Sweden
Died: 6 August 1938 - Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.
2. Keye Luke
Birth Date: 18 June 1904 - Guangzhou, China (Canton, China)
Died: 12 January 1991 - Whittier, California

Special footnote, actor Warner Oland was not the first actor to portray Charlie Chan on the silver screen. The Oriental detective was originally played by George Kuwa in "The House Without a Key" (1925) and Kamiyama Sojin in "The Chinese Parrot" (1927), both silent Pathe serials, and later by E.L. Park in a Fox Pictures talking feature, "Behind That Curtain"(1929)...but for the fans of Charlie Chan it was Warner Oland who first brought to life the fictional character whose exploits have now thrilled several generations....it was in 1931 that Charlie Chan portrayed by Swedish stage actor Warner Oland with the Fox Pictures release of "Charlie Chan Carries On"....Oland went on to make a total of 17 Chan films over a period of seven years for Fox studios.

Want to thank 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for taking us back to those classic murder, mystery, mayhem with our ace detective...watching this legendary actor and his professional team of directors, writers as creator Earl Derr Biggers served up the best of the best during those early films of our favorite detective...wonderful character actors of the cinema brought back so many wonderful memories of the times when film makers cared about you who purchased a ticket and came back for more.

Total Time: 4-DVD-Set ~ 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment #223449 ~ (6/20/2006)
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