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.
"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."
"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".
"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."
"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.
SPECIAL FEATURES BIOS:
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)