Charlie Chan at the Movies

History, Filmography, and Criticism

Charlie Chan at the Movies

From his primitive nonseries beginnings through the well known Fox series of 44 films (1931-1949), here is the complete history of famous film detective Charlie Chan. The films are presented in chronological order, with full cast and credits, synopses and evaluations. Biographical details on the three most famous screen Chans--Warner Oland, Sidney Toler, and Roland Winters--and background information on series directors and supporting players, insights into the making of the films, and the full story of the abrupt halt in 1949 as well as an array of the detective's aphorisms (or Chan-o-grams) are included. Numerous photos throughout.

Costume Design in the Movies

An Illustrated Guide to the Work of 157 Great Designers

Costume Design in the Movies

Comprehensive, lavishly illustrated reference work provides biographical/career data for major designers (Adrian, Jean Louis, Edith Head, more). Updated to 1988, with over 400 new film credits. 177 illustrations. Index of 6,000 films.

Charlie Chan Carries On

The Screenplay for the Lost Charlie Chan Film

Charlie Chan Carries On

"""Charlie Chan Carries On"" -- the 1931 Fox motion picture starring Warner Oland as Chan-- is now considered a ""lost"" film (the original film materials were destroyed in a vault fire.) Unless a copy surfaces in some remote corner of the world, as happened with ""Charlie Chan in Paris,"" this original screenplay is the closest Chan fans will come to seeing the original film. (There is also a Portuguese-language version called ""Eran Trece"" -- ""There Were Thirteen"" -- with a different cast. The 1940 film, ""Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise,"" starring Sidney Toler, Oland's successor in the role of Charlie Chan, was also based on the same novel, but with a different script.) This addition to the series was penned by Barry Conners and Philip Klein, with added material suggested by Earl Derr Biggers, and based loosely on Biggers' original novel, ""Behind That Curtain."" "

Charlie Chan's Words of Wisdom

Charlie Chan's Words of Wisdom

A selection of 600 quotes from the Charlie Chan movies, based on the character created by Earl Derr Biggers. Includes a 12-page databank of publicity photos, lobby cards, and other scenes from the movies.

Charlie Chan in the Pawns of Death

Charlie Chan in the Pawns of Death

"Checkmate!" That was the last word uttered to Charlie Chan and Prefect of Police Claude DeBevre by a dying reporter. It is the second murder in 24 hours at the Transcontinental Chess Tournament, and Chan has been summoned from a peaceful vacation to help solve the crime before international scandal ruins the tournament's good name.

Charlie Chan Volume 1-The House Without a Key & The Chinese Parrot

Two Complete Novels Featuring the Legendary Chinese-Hawaiian Detective

Charlie Chan Volume 1-The House Without a Key & The Chinese Parrot

Charlie Chan-the famous and popular Chinese-Hawaiian police detective-has entertained his audience through several different mediums, from the written word to the movie screen, A number of authors have turned their pens to the character, but, in fact, Charlie Chan appeared originally in just six novels written by Earl Derr Biggers between 1925 and 1932. It is these colourful tales of the original Charlie Chan that comprise the Leonaur collection of three volumes-this volume contains the first two novels. In The House Without a Key we are introduced to Chan, a corpulent father of nine, as he uses all his considerable faculties to solve the mystifying case of a murdered father and a missing jewel box. In The Chinese Parrot, Chan dons a disguise and goes undercover to solve a complex triple intrigue involving a fake identity, a kidnapping and a murder. These wonderful examples of twentieth century detective fiction bring the world of 1920s Hawaii to vibrant life once again-and richly deserve their classic status.

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Featuring: More than 20,000 listings * 300 new entries * More than 14,000 video, 8,000 laser, and 1,000 DVD listings * Updated mail order listing for video sales and rentals * Updated index of actor/actress credits * Ratings and running times * List of the best family films of all time * And more...

Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 2000

Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 2000

The most comprehensive and up-to-date video guide of its kind features capsule reviews of more than twenty thousand films, an updated list of mail-order sources for videos, and much more. Original.

Of Gods and Monsters

A Critical Guide to Universal Studios’ Science Fiction, Horror and Mystery Films, 1929–1939

Of Gods and Monsters

While Universal’s Dracula and Frankenstein (both 1931) have received the most coverage of any of the studio’s genre releases, it is the lesser known films that have long fascinated fans and historians alike. Starting with The Last Warning, a 1929 movie released as both a silent and a talkie, Universal provided a decade of films that entertained audiences and sometimes frustrated critics. Each of Universal’s horror, science fiction and “twisted mystery” films receives an in-depth essay for each film. The focus is first on the background to the making of the movie and its place in the Universal catalog. A detailed plot synopsis with critical commentary follows. Filmographic data for the film conclude the entry. Universal’s The Shadow short film series is covered in an appendix. Many rare illustrations and movie posters are also included.