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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)
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Winters Is the Winter of Our Discontent 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)

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Trivia:
The forty-second of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies.See more »
Quotes:
Armstrong:I hope you're successful solving this case.
Charlie Chan:Well, thank you so much, Mr. Armstrong. Well, you know, sometimes think successful detective one upon whom luck shines smiling coutenance.
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Movie Connections:
Remake of Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)See more »

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Winters Is the Winter of Our Discontent, 10 July 2008
Author: JohnHowardReid

A mysterious princess arrives at the Chan home, where she is shot. Collapsing, she manages to write, "Captain K," on the desk pad. "Are you sure she's dead, Pop?" Tommy asks. "Death, my son, is the reckoning of heaven. In this case, most complicated reckoning," states philosophical Charlie, lifting a line from Biggers' Behind That Curtain.

This one, Number 42 in the series and the first with Roland Winters in the title role, does not augur well for the remainder of the Monogram efforts in this inept re-make of Mr Wong in Chinatown. Mr Winters is a poor substitute for Sidney Toler (not to mention Boris Karloff). He moves stiffly, and his accent is poor stuff indeed. A less inspired actor to play the part of Chan could not possibly be imagined, although I should mention that Winters was to improve considerably in his later Chan characterizations.

Scott Darling has done very little to update his Wong script and changing the dwarf to a small boy is just about the last straw. Also, Beaudine's direction does not compare well with Nigh's. Admittedly, this entry has obviously been made on an extremely tight budget.

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