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23 October 1927 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Marian Nixon ... Sally Phillmore

Florence Turner ... Mrs. Phillmore

Hobart Bosworth ... P.J. Madden

Edmund Burns ... Robert Eden (as Edward Burns)
Albert Conti ... Martin Thorne
Sôjin Kamiyama ... Charlie Chan (as Sojin)
Fred Esmelton ... Alexander Eden

Edgar Kennedy ... Maydorf
George Kuwa ... Louis Wong

Slim Summerville ... Prospector
Dan Mason ... Prospector

Anna May Wong ... Nautch Dancer
Etta Lee ... Girl in Gambling Den
Jack Trent ... Jordan

Directed by
Paul Leni 
Writing credits
Earl Derr Biggers (novel)

J. Grubb Alexander 
Walter Anthony  titles

Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline  (as Ben Kline)
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Carl Laemmle .... presenter

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70 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Conrad Veidt, a friend of Paul Leni, was considered for the role of Charlie Chan, but lost it to Sôjin Kamiyama.See more »
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The Chinese Parrot (1927) - Lost Silent, 15 July 2015
Author: Pamela Short from Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Sally Randall ( Florence Turner ), the daughter of a wealthy Hawaiian planter, marries Phillimore, the man of her father's choice, even though she has sworn her love to Philip Madden ( Hobart Bosworth ), tearing from her throat the expensive pearls given her by her father, Madden declares that one day he will buy her at the same price. Twenty years later, now a widow in financial straits, Sally offers the pearls for sale in San Francisco. Accompanied by her daughter, Sally ( Marian Nixon ), she is astonished to discover Madden bargaining for the pearls, which she has entrusted to Charlie Chan ( Sôjin Kamiyama ), a Chinese detective, with the sale contingent on her delivery of the jewels to his desert home. Madden is taken prisoner by yeggs and is impersonated by Jerry Delaney , who welcomes Sally and Robert Eden ( Edmund Burns ), the jeweler's son. While Chan is secretly conducting an investigation, the jewels are stolen by various parties, but it develops that a Chinese parrot has witnessed the kidnapping and told

This 1927 mystery was produced by Universal Pictures Corporation, it was the second in the Charlie Chan series and starred Japanese actor Sôjin Kamiyama as Chan. Sadly this silent film now remains lost.

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