The Charlie Chan Family Bulletin Board
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.
CHARLIE CHAN AT EL SEGUNDO...
Attention all Charlie Chan fans in the Southern California region! The Old Town Music Hall
in El Segundo will be showing Castle in the Desert on the weekend of April 24-25! This gives those of us within
reach of this rare event to share a viewing in a real movie house, within the modest confines of the Old Town Music Hall.
This also gives Charlie Chan Family members the opportunity to meet face to face! So, the virus crisis will hopefully
be in the past enough for us to enjoy Charlie Chan on the big (well...biggish...) screen, among a live audience just as was
originally intended. So, see you there, hopefully!
ADMISSION: $10 ($8 for seniors 62 and over)
ADDRESS: 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245
PHONE: (310) 322-2592
A COLLECTION OF CHARLIE CHAN DAILY NEWSPAPER COMICS:
the Amazon.com description:
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."
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)
6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
The Charlie Chan Films may be ordered through Amazon at this address:
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
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..."
A profound debt of gratitude to those who have contributed items of interest to this humble museum...