A reference guide to the numerous and varied Charlie Chan films.
There are over fifty Chan films and an additional three Spanish language Chan films. This guide reviews the forty-four extant Chan films. Entries, alphabetically arranged, include a unique annotated cast list, a comparative rating system, production information, analysis and plot synopsis, a performance critique, and a collection of Chan sayings, which vary from film to film. An introduction discusses the history and literary origins of the Chan films and the formulaic devices common to the films.
Film scholars and fans of the Charlie Chan films will appreciate the extensive information each review provides. Each film is given a star rating, and several appendices provide additional information such as the lost films of Charlie Chan, actors who played Chan, and Chan on television.
Preface Introduction and Overview The Films of Charlie Chan Appendix A: Rogue's Gallery of Chan Film Criminals Appendix B: Chan Offspring on Film Appendix C: Lost Films of Charlie Chan Appendix D: 1935 Pennsylvania Referendum Appendix E: Chan in Mexico Appendix F: Charlie Chan on Television Appendix G: Actors Who Played Charlie Chan Index
Endorsements A terrific job! This book will be a must for every Charlie Chan devotee around the world.—Richard Gordon^LGordon Films, Inc.^LProducer of ^IThe Cat and the Canary^R (1977)
Charles P. Mitchell's ^IA Guide to Charlie Chan Films^R is certainly the best, most scholarly and detailed book ever written about the famous Earl Derr Biggers detective. Mitchell's work is a shining example of talented researchers who have captured and captivated their public with imagination, perception, style, and unerring wit.—Ronald Schwartz^LProfessor of Romantic Languages and Film^LCity University of New York-Kingsborough
From winning the bar bet to researching a master's thesis, ^IA Guide to Charlie Chan^R imparts enough information to satisfy even the most ardent Chan fan. Charles Mitchell knows his subject.—Lt. Patrick Picciarelli NYPD (ret.)^LAuthor of ^IJimmy the Wags: Street Stories of a Private Eye^R
Charles Mitchell's uncanny ability to capture the spirit of the Chan films makes his comments on them a joy to read.—Bob King^LEditor, ^IClassic Images^R