Charlie Chan Collection: Volume 2

Charlie Chan was a popular detective who first appeared during the era of the silent films of the 1920s. Over the span of decades there were around 50 Charlie Chan films made, including 3 in Spanish. He was the most successful movie detective of all time. These four films from the late 1930s are from the time of the best Charlie Chan films. They have all been restored for our viewing pleasure. Though today we might see Chan as a racist depiction of an Asian man; he was really the only positive depiction of someone of Asian descent at that time. He was even quite popular with Asian audiences. Take the time to watch this intelligent, unfailingly polite and slow-paced detective who always gets his man while along the way imparting such wisdom as "Too many mixed drinks make big headaches".

Charlie Chan at the Opera:
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone

The opera house is being haunted by a mad man and Charlie Chan (Warner Oland – The Painted Veil – 1934, Shanghai Express) is brought on to investigate. For seven years the opera star Gravelle (Boris Karloff – The Raven, The Mummy) has been institutionalized in a psychiatric facility. He is so delusional that he does not even know who he is. After reading an article in a newspaper about the opera house his memory returns and he escapes. Returning to the opera house that he and his wife, Lilli Rochelle (Margaret Irving – Animal Crackers), worked at causes him to remember how his wife and her lover, Enrico Borelli (Gregory Gaye – Blue Hawaii, Silk Stockings), tried to kill him. He is determined to make them pay. Chan is called in to investigate the gruesome double murder that occurs.

Special Features:
-Charlie Chan's lucky director: H. Bruce Humberstone
-Restoration comparison

Charlie Chan at the Racetrack:
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone

A famous racehorse owner turns up dead and Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) is to investigate. The story is that he was kicked to death by one of his horses but it seems a little suspicious. Chan quickly discovers evidence that it was a murder and is soon mixed up in an international gambling ring.

Special Features:
-Number One Son – The Life of Keye Luke
-Restoration comparison

Charlie Chan at the Circus:
Director: Harry Lachman

Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) takes his wife and 12 children on a family outing to the circus. As usual when Chan is around a murder happens as one of the owners of the circus is found dead. Chan has to deal with an escaped gorilla, his Number One son, Lee (Keye Luke – Gremlins, Around the World in Eighty Days – 1956) trying to help and the fact that almost all the circus performers are suspects in the murder.

Special Features:
-Charlie Chan At the Movies featurette
-Restoration comparison
-Charlie Chan At the Circus trailer

Charlie Chan at the Olympics:
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone

At the Berlin Olympic games there is not only competition going on as a gang of international spies are using it as the perfect cover. Charlie Chan (Walter Oland) begins to sniff out their trail and soon is investigating a murder.

A United State military plane is hijacked and it contains a top secret guidance system, which is stolen. Chan is brought to Germany to find it before it falls in the wrong hands. Number One son, Lee (Keye Luke), who is an Olympic athlete, is kidnapped. Chan has to make tough decisions between his loyalty to his country and his love of his son.

Special Features:
-Layne Tom Jr. The Adventures of Charlie Chan, Jr.
-Restoration comparison

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