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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.


Please pay a visit to our NEW Gallery:

As we add material to our Gallery from our collection, we will only be presenting original material from our physical collection as well as that which may be contributed by others from their own personal collections. This will be an ongoing endeavor as everything is brought into our Gallery, so your kind patience is requested as this process proceeds one film at a time.


Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum to show on the "big screen" at Old Town Music Hall, El Segundo, CA, July 13-14! 

If you live in the Southern California area, you will have a rare opportunity to view a Charlie Chan movie on the big screen with a live audience!  The Old Town Music Hall, located in El Segundo (just south of LAX), will be presenting Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum during the weekend of July 13-14.


Friday 8:15pm, Saturday 2:30pm and 8:15pm

$10 regular admission
$8 seniors (62+)

140 Richmond Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 322-2592


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."

Please note our recent additions to our STUDY:

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KAY LINAKER: "Formerly Kay Linaker: Kate Phillips remembers Charlie Chan, the Blob, and the men who directed FRANKENSTEIN and DRACULA" (Parts One and Two), interview by Leonard J. Kohl. (From Scarlet Street, numbers 50 and 51, 2004) (Contributed by Brenda McNeal)

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The playbill for the Fulton Theatre stage production of Keeper of the Keys: The cover and pertinent pages from the playbill for the stage production of Earl Derr Biggers' The Keeper of the Keys(From:; originally published: October 18, 1933) (Contributed by Lou Armagno)

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"CHARLIE CHAN ON BROADWAY": A novelette version of the 20th Century-Fox film of the same title, by Edward Churchill (From: Popular Detective, November 1937, volume III, number 1) (Contributed by Clark J. Holloway)

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"Warner Oland," by Susan M. Kelly (From:, January 15, 2008)


"Charlie Chan 3-Film Collection"

NO LONGER NEW NEWS, BUT OLD NEWS IS STILL GOOD NEWS!  With the release by Warner Brothers of the FINAL THREE of their Monogram Pictures Charlie Chan movies, we now have available to us ALL existing Charlie Chan films on authorized DVD sets!  Yes, we are now able to add The Red Dragon, The Feathered Serpent, and The Sky Dragon to our collections!  This final offering is called "Charlie Chan 3-Film Collection, " and you may order yours at various locations throughout the Internet!


The Return of Charlie Chan on DVD:

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of The Return of Charlie Chan starring Ross Martin, an excellent, clear, clean version may be found at for a list price of $14.99 including postage/handling.  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.


Our Yearly Chat Journey Through the Charlie Chan Series:

While our "Weekly Chats' originated in March of the year 2000, it was about 18 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.  This year, 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.  It is our hope that you will join us on these special "side stops."

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 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.


"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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