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The Chinese Ring -- Princess Mei Ling pays a visit to the Chan residence, where upon being admitted by man-of-all-work Birmingham Brown she refuses to give her name...

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Director:
Writers:
Earl Derr Biggers (character)
Scott Darling (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 December 1947 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Soon after a Chinese princess comes to the US to buy planes for her people, she is murdered by a poison dart fired by an air rifle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(2 articles)
User Reviews:
Nothing Special About Winters' First Chan See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Roland Winters ... Charlie Chan
Warren Douglas ... Police Sgt. Bill Davidson
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Louise Currie ... Peggy Cartwright
Victor Sen Yung ... Tommy Chan (as Victor Sen Young)
Philip Ahn ... Captain Kong
Byron Foulger ... Armstrong
Thayer Roberts ... Captain James J. Kelso
Barbara Jean Wong ... Princess Mei Ling (as Jean Wong)
Chabing ... Lillie Mae Wong
George Spaulding ... Dr. Hickey (as George L. Spaulding)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bryar ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Thayer Cheek ... Chinese Boy (uncredited)
Kenneth Chuck ... Chinese Boy (uncredited)
Thornton Edwards ... Palace Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ... Armstrong's Butler (uncredited)
Charmienne Harker ... Kelso's Stenographer (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Policeman Ballard (uncredited)
Joseph C. Narcisse ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
Richard Wang ... Hamishin (uncredited)

Directed by
William Beaudine 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Earl Derr Biggers  character
Scott Darling  screenplay (as W. Scott Darling)

Produced by
James S. Burkett .... producer
 
Cinematography by
William A. Sickner  (as William Sickner)
 
Film Editing by
Richard V. Heermance  (as Richard Heermance)
Ace Herman (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Raymond Boltz Jr. (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Lela Chambers .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Harry Ross .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Glenn Cook .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William A. Calihan Jr. .... assistant director (as William Calihan Jr.)
Kenneth Kessler .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... props (uncredited)
Ted Mossman .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
W.C. Smith .... sound
William Mills .... cable man (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Anderson .... grip (uncredited)
Lloyd Garnell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Walter Lea .... best boy (uncredited)
Harry Lewis .... grip (uncredited)
Talmadge Morrison .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Stone .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Bachler .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director
 
Other crew
Dave Milton .... technical director
Ilona Vas .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Charlie Chan in the Chinese Ring" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #12748)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Victor Sen Young had previously played "Jimmy" Chan in the series, but in this episode in the series the character's name inexplicably becomes "Tommy" Chan.See more »
Quotes:
Police Sgt. Bill Davidson:Listen, Peggy, you holdin' out on me? You know something I don't know?
Peggy Cartwright:That wouldn't take much brains
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Movie Connections:
Follows Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)See more »

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Nothing Special About Winters' First Chan, 13 October 2005
Author: Mike-764 (michaelnella@yahoo.com) from Flushing, NY

Princess Mei Ling visits Charlie Chan's house with need of the great detective's help. Before she can meet with him she is killed by an air gun, but is able to scrawl "Capt K" on a sheet of paper in hoping to give Chan a clue to her killer. Chan, teaming up with police sergeant, Bill Davidson, finds the apartment where the princess is residing and finds that her trip to America was to purchase a fleet of airplanes to aid in China's defense from invaders. Captain Kong, who was captain of the ship that the princess traveled on, and Captain Kelso, who was the supplier of the planes for the princess, are both determined to see that Chan and Davidson make no further progress on the murder case, which has also added the princess' maid and a mute Chinese boy who may have seen the killer. Obviously by the time the Monogram Chan films were at this stage they were pretty routine and boring and this film is no exception, despite being Roland Winters debut as Chan. The film really lacks a mystery aura as seen in any other Chan film with a storyline that does little in the way of entertain. Victor Sen-Yung last the least to do of any son in any Chan film and Moreland lacks much of the humor he usually does, but does seem more involved with solving the case. Rating, 3.

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