Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan is called in to help solve baffling cases, aided by his #1 son. The first five episodes were filmed in the US, then production switched to the UK for the rest of the series.
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Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Charlie visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeepe to a stableman to a lawyer.

Director: Eugene Forde
Stars: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Ray Milland
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

While investigating the theft of antiquities from an ancient tomb excavation , Charlie discovers that the body of the expedition's leader concealed inside the mummy's wrappings.

Director: Louis King
Stars: Warner Oland, Pat Paterson, Thomas Beck
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Charlie steps in to solve the murder of a wealthy American found dead in a London hotel. Settings include London, Nice, San Remo, Honolulu and Hong Kong. Fast-paced with lots of wisecracking.

Director: Hamilton MacFadden
Stars: Warner Oland, John Garrick, Marguerite Churchill
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Charlie Chan is an agent of the U.S. government assigned to investigate the mysterious death of an inventor.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Arthur Loft
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Famous detective Charlie Chan is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco detective solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling grandson as his sidekick, Chan also ... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner
Stars: Peter Ustinov, Lee Grant, Angie Dickinson
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Charlie tries to discover the identity of a strangler who strikes multiple times on a cruise ship bound from Honolulu to California.

Director: Eugene Forde
Stars: Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Lionel Atwill
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On a plane trip, Charlie Chan and the passengers are drugged, and when they wake up a quarter million dollars is missing.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Roland Winters, Keye Luke, Mantan Moreland
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Charlie is the intended murder victim here, and he avoids death only by chance. To find the murderer (since, of course, murder does occur), Charlie must outguess Scotland Yard and New York City police.

Director: John G. Blystone
Stars: Warner Oland, Alexander Kirkland, H.B. Warner
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Sidney Toler, Cesar Romero, Pauline Moore
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Mary Whitman, an old friend of Charlie's in Reno for a divorce, finds herself accused of murdering the woman her husband planned to marry after the decree became final.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Sidney Toler, Ricardo Cortez, Phyllis Brooks
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Eve Mannering realizes too late that her abusive husband is a philanderer and murderer and seeks protection with her true love, explorer John Beetham.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Warner Baxter, Lois Moran, Gilbert Emery
Adventure | Crime | Thriller

The granddaughter of a renown detective makes a name for herself in the world of crime-busting.

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 Charlie Chan (39 episodes, 1957-1958)
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 Barry Chan (36 episodes, 1957-1958)
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Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan is called in to help solve baffling cases, aided by his #1 son. The first five episodes were filmed in the US, then production switched to the UK for the rest of the series.

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The accent used by J. Carroll Naish is no different than the one he used for the Evil.Dr..Drama, a Japanese villain in the first Batman serial made during World War Two See more »

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Classic character transplanted to TV
13 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I seem to be the only one who even remembers this TV show. As a matter of fact, I used to think that J. Carroll Naish was the only person to play Charlie Chan, but that was before I discovered the movies. Naish seemed to be very comfortable playing anything but what he was - German-Irish - but he specialized in "exotics" (meaning Asians - then called Orientals - and East Indian mystics. He even played a few Italians and even Mafiosi) I remembered one particular mystery where a boxer dies in the ring but from a gunshot wound. I particularly remember it because the very same mystery was used in a Mr. Moto picture, an episode of "Burke's Law" and the 1975 Ellery Queen series starring Jim Hutton and David Wayne. I won't spoil it for you in case you happen to come across any of the three versions - and I suspect there were more) As his "inscrutable" American son, I USED to think it was actor Benson Fong who had already appeared in the movie series with two other Chan actors as different sons but having since seen several episodes on DVD, I found that it was actor James Hong when he was very young. Another thing I found where my memory was faulty, was the episode with boxing in it was a kick-boxing plot. Plus, the entire series was filmed in England, and Naish's interpretation of Chan differed not at all, in terms of accent at least, from the character he played as the evil Dr. Daka in a Batman serial. There are few of the famous aphorisms regularly spouted by Chan in any of the series films which is somewhat of a disappointment. A minor drawback is the absence of the famous Charlie Chan goatee and bowler hat replaced by a straight mustache, a straight bow-tie and a fedora. The opening shot of Naish as Chan coming from out of the London fog is still impressive, as are the Chinese titles that change to say "The New Adventures Of Charlie Chan." It is particularly cool that Naish also was in a couple of the Chan entries when they were still at 20th Century Fox. I even caught an uncredited appearance of actor Victor Sen Yung in a teaser for the show (the opening cliffhanger) who had played number two son Jimmy Chan as well as Hop Sing, the Chinese cook on Bonanza.

What I definitely remember it was fun and riveting at least for a 7 year old boy in front of the old Philco TV.

Later, Naish returned to TV in a comedy series called "Westward Ho" playing an American Indian named Hawkeye. Another fond childhood memory. Another great character actor who worked almost to the very end and never became a star.


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