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  1. umpire2

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    CHARLIE CHAN IN PRINT & IN FILM
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    A reprint of the first Charlie Chan novel by Earl Derr Biggers.
    The House Without A Key (1925)
     
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    In 1926, Earl Derr Bigger's novel was serialized on film. The ten silent episodes starred GEORGE KUWA as the first on-screen CHARLIE CHAN.....


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    One of the poor quality screen captures from The HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY.

    The film was not preserved and has been totally lost.


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    Publicity still of GEORGE KUWA, the Japanese actor who first played the Chinese detective, CHARLIE CHAN in 1926


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    CHARLIE CHAN does not appear in HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY for the first 6 chapters, and throughout the remainder of the novel, his role is small, although he solves the case in the denouement. The first time reader would not even know that he was a detective until the very end of the book.
     
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    EARL DERR BIGGERS based the character of CHARLIE CHAN on Hawaiian detective CHAN APANA, whom he heard the prowess of during a trip to the islands with his mother in 1919.

    Biggers, who disliked the trend in stereotyping orientals as sly, cunning and/or evil, wanted to create an Asian character of honor, intelligence and bravery. The result was CHARLIE CHAN.
     
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    I absolutely loved Charlie Chan movies. I just couldn't keep his kids straight.
     
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    That's easy. It was #1 Daughter (Ling), #1 Son (Lee), #2 Son Jimmy, #2 Daughter (Iris), #3 Son Henry, #3 Daughter (Frances), #4 Son Eddie, #5 Son Tommy, #4 Daughter (?), #6 Son Oswald, #7 Son Willie, #8 Son Charlie, Jr., #5 Daughter (?)

    Of Charlie's 13 children, all 8 sons are named at one time or another and appear in either the books or the films. Only 3 of the five daughters are named (since, I suppose, girls are less important).

    As we will see later, the three most important Sons (as assistants) are Lee, Jimmy and Tommy (who at various times is called #5 Son, #3 Son and #2 Son......I guess Charlie has so many children, he sometimes mixes them up.....)
     
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    I have a silent film accompanist (professional) who may know more about this title. There have been a number of interesting discoveries in vaults recently, so don't give up hope!
     
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    It would be really cool if any of the "lost" Warner Oland films were recovered!
     
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    The second of the Chan films, the silent CHINESE PARROT was released in 1927, with Japanese actor Sojin Kamayama as Charlie Chan.....




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    Anna May Wong had a small part in The Chinese Parrot as a dancer


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    EARL DERR BIGGERS (left) VISITING THE SET of THE CHINESE PARROT


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    Still from The CHINESE PARROT with Sojin Kamayama, as Chan, in disguise at center


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    The CHINESE PARROT, like The HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY is a "lost" film, no copies known to exist. There are also very few publicity or screen shots in existence


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    I love this thread.

    [​IMG]Chang Apana (December 26, 1871 – December 8, 1933; Chinese name: 鄭阿平) was a Chinese-Hawaiian member of the Honolulu Police Department first as an officer, then as a detective. He is the officially acknowledged inspiration for the fictional Asian detective character, Charlie Chan. He served in the police department for 34 years.

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