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Welcome to our Bulletin Board.  In this section of our Charlie Chan family Home we post current information on events, releases, etc. that relate to Charlie Chan.  If you would like us to include some Chan-related item of interest that we may have overlooked, please mail us the information.

 
 

Download our CHARLIE CHAN FAMILY HOME 2019 NEWSLETTER!

This is our second annual Charlie Chan Family Newsletter, which contains the work of a number of Charlie Chan Family members and friends.  Once again, Lou Armagno, aka, HonoluLou, has put together and published a masterpiece that even outdoes last year's issue!  Please use this link to access this year's newsletter which covers the year 2019.

 
 

A COLLECTION OF CHARLIE CHAN DAILY NEWSPAPER COMICS:

From the Amazon.com description:

A key early work from the creator of the long-running detective series Kerry Drake presented in a format that is as close as one can get to experiencing it as a daily comic.

As a famed hero of the mystery novels by Earl Derr Biggers, Inspector Charlie Chan reached even greater heights in a series of popular movies. As actor Sidney Toler was preparing to replace Warner Oland as the wily police detective in 1938, Alfred Andriola was tapped to create a newspaper strip version of the character. Andriola was secretary to Milton (Terry and the Pirates) Caniff and Chan would be his first cartooning effort, but with some friends in Caniff's orbit, Andriola succeeded in producing what The World Encyclopedia of Comics says is "among the best comic strips in the 'Caniff school.'" 

The pride of the Honolulu Police Department uses his intellect more than his fists to solve cases of international intrigue, and the syndicate's initial promotion called Charlie Chan "A new mystery strip, totally devoid of guns and gangsters" to separate it from Dick Tracy and his many hard-boiled imitators. Not that the strip is devoid of action and romance--Chan's tall, handsome assistant, Kirk Barrow, shoulders those "difficult" burdens with aplomb. Featuring the first complete year of daily strips, from October 1938 to November 1939, this volume of LOAC Essentials offers readers exciting adventures, snappy dialogue, and arresting art, making it a fascinating complement to Caniff's own efforts on Terry and the Pirates during this period.

PRICE: $29.99 at Amazon.com.  Copies may be found at many other Internet sellers as well at varying prices!

 
 

A GREAT Charlie Chan Blog!:

A NEW blog site, The Postman on Holiday,  offered by our own Lou Armagno which is: "A place to explore all things surrounding Detective Charlie Chan, his creator Earl Derr Biggers, and their connection with Hawaii, Cleveland, and mystery fiction."

 
 

Please pay a visit to our Gallery:

As we add material to our Gallery from our collection, we will only be presenting original material, representing examples from ALL movies in the Charlie Chan film series, and more.  All exhibited material either comes from our physical collection or is contributed by others from their own personal collections.

 
 

NEW!  Our Charlie Chan family Chat Archive:

Please visit our archive of collected text records from recent Charlie Chan Family Monday Evening Chat and Film Viewings!  The collection of such text records was not possible in the past, and, as long as this continues to be possible, we will offer them to you, especially to those who may be unfamiliar to our weekly Chat Room gatherings.

 
 

The Charlie Chan Films, by James L Neibaur

"The Charlie Chan film series from 1931-1949 went through three lead actors and two studios over 44 films while still maintaining consistent popularity with moviegoers.  This book looks at all of the films in the series, including early ones that are now lost, and examines each movie in context.  Common themes, critical assessments, discussion of the director and the actors, period reviews, production information, and recollections from those who appeared in the films are all included.  From its literary origins to its modern day controversies, The Charlie Chan Films continue to resonate as late as the 21st century."

 

Paperback: 310 pages

Publisher: BearManor Media (May 1, 2018)

ISBN-10: 162933314X

ISBN-13: 978-1629333144

Product Dimensions:  6 x 0.6 x 9 inches

 

Price: $25

 

The Charlie Chan Films may be ordered through Amazon at this address:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Chan-Films-James-Neibaur/dp/162933314X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523727689&sr=1-2&keywords=charlie+chan+film

 
 

Charlie Chan's Poppa: Earl Derr Biggers, by Barbara Gregorich

Earl Derr Biggers historian, Barbara Gregorich, a native of Warren, Ohio, Biggers' hometown, has written a book on the creator of Charlie Chan which is available from Amazon and other sellers.

"When she was sixteen years old Barbara Gregorich discovered the Charlie Chan novels of Earl Derr Biggers on the "local authors" shelf of the Warren Public Library.  She fell in love with the wisdom, humor, and perceptiveness of the amiable Chinese-Hawaiian police detective, and she admired the author who created him.
 
"Although seldom given credit for it, Biggers was one of the first writers to help create mystery's Golden Age on the American side of the Atlantic.  His six Chan novels were serialized in The Saturday Evening Post, published by Bobbs-Merrill, and sought by Hollywood, and he received fan mail from thousands.
 
"Wanting to know more about Earl Derr Biggers and how he came to write his mysteries, Gregorich researched the Bobbs-Merrill Archives at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.  There she read all the correspondence between Biggers and his editor — correspondence which brings to life the author's struggles to satisfy the Chan-hungry public."

 
 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BOOKS:

 
 

Please note our recent additions to our STUDY:

New items of interest are constantly being added to our Study.  If you are interested in learning more about Charlie Chan through original material and more, please take the time to visit our huge collection of vintage magazine and newspaper articles and much more!
 

 
 

The Return of Charlie Chan on DVD:

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of The Return of Charlie Chan starring Ross Martin, it is offered by various sellers at reasonable - and often cheap - prices across the Internet!
 
The Return of Charlie Chan (Universal - 1972) was a made-for-television movie that could have led to a new TV series.  This picture was not aired on American television until 1979.

 
 

The Warner Oland Scrapbook:

This vintage item, the Warner Oland Scrapbook, which can be found on our Study, offers a collection of 142 pages of obscure material dating from Warner Oland's film career from its beginnings in 1916 until the first years of the Charlie Chan era.  The content housed between the covers of the scrapbook run from February 25, 1916 to March 5, 1932.

 
 

Our Yearly Chat Journey Through the Charlie Chan Series:

While our "Weekly Chats' originated in March of the year 2000, it was 20 years ago that we began a series of year-long journeys through the entire Charlie Chan film series, which included a few "side stops" along the way.  Since then, we have scheduled additional "detours" related to the Chan series.  These include, but are not limited to, Mr. Moto, Mr. Wong, and The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, and The Return of Charlie Chan.  It is our hope that these special "side stops" will be of interest as we move along together through the year.

If you do not currently have Mr. Moto's Gamble, the Mr. Wong series, or The New Adventures of Charlie Chan in your collection, it is humbly suggested for your enjoyment that you consider purchasing them.  Today, all of the above material is available through sellers on the Internet, which a quick search will readily reveal!  One reliable source is eBay, where items can be found at varying prices, allowing one to find the best bargain.  Also, the majority - but not all! -  of our viewing material is available (though availability fluctuates!) online via YouTube, etc.

 
 

"Thank you - so much..."

"Thank you - so much..."

A profound debt of gratitude to those who have contributed items of interest to this humble museum...

 
 

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