Cool featurette on the Charlie Chan in Egypt DVD. It tells the story of the real-life Hawaiian detective Chang Apana. Earl Derr Biggers apparently based Chan somewhat on this man, although I should stress LOOSELY based. The real man bore no physical resemblance to Charlie Chan and was a rough and tumble kind of cop, rather than the gentle brilliant detective we all associate with Charlie Chan. He was a Hawaiian cowboy before joining the police! Can you see Charlie Chan as a cowboy? This guy sounds like he was an amazing character and I wonder why no movies have been based on his actual life. The people featured in this short tell some pretty crazy stories about him, such as when he was thrown out of a second-floor window and still got up and made the arrest! He wasn't a homicide detective, however, as Chan mostly was. Instead he primarily investigated smuggling and gambling. I haven't done any research to verify the claims made in this short about Apana, so please nobody jump down my throat if his legend is exaggerated. But, as he is presented here, he sounds like an interesting character who led a full life.
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