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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 » | Add synopsis »
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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)
Richard Wang ... Hamishin (uncredited)
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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:
Screenwriter Scott Darling reuses his Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939) script from eight years earlier for Roland Winters' debut as Chan.See more »
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Charlie Chan:Politeness golden key to many doors.See more »
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A Complete Stinker, 21 March 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

The original Fox Charlie Chan movies with Warner Oland were the best but the Sidney Toler Fox movies were pretty good, too. When the series (and Toler) moved to Monogram in 1944, it resulted in a sharp drop in quality. There were still a few watchable movies left but nothing to brag about. As it went on, Toler's performance got worse along with the general quality of the movies themselves. It got to the point where all he did was show up, half-remember the poorly-written lines of dialogue, and occasionally throw in one of the irritating feces-eating grins of his that were so commonplace in the Monogram films. After Toler died, Roland Winters took over for the remainder of the series. This is the first of the Roland Winters Chans and, yes, it is terrible. All of the Winters films are garbage and the worst of the entire Charlie Chan series from Fox to Monogram. It's truly sad that several early Warner Oland Chan films have been lost to time but these have survived.

The plot here is a remake of Mr. Wong in Chinatown with few changes. Roland Winters is a dull, lifeless Charlie Chan. He seems to be trying to emulate Oland more than Toler. He fails more than any person has ever failed at anything ever. Mantan Moreland is still in the series as comic relief Birmingham Brown. As there are no "spooks" for him to be afraid of in this one, he serves no purpose. He appears to have lost some weight and looks older since his last appearance. Victor Sen Yung returns but, for some bizarre reason, he's now Tommy Chan instead of Jimmy! Tommy, for those who know the series, was the terribly dull son played by Benson Fong in most of the Toler Monogram films.

The writing had been crap for the entirety of the Monogram years but here it's at an all-time low. So don't expect any witty Chan aphorisms from Winters. Here we have this gem: "Strange events permit themselves the luxury of occurring in strange places." Just stupid. There's nothing about this I can or would recommend. Avoid at all costs.

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