Charlie Chan, Volume 3

Charlie Chan, Volume 3

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Director: Eugene J. Forde, Gordon Wiles, Hamilton MacFadden, Irving Cummings

Cast: Eugene J. Forde, Gordon Wiles, Hamilton MacFadden, Irving Cummings

     
 
For the third volume of its Charlie Chan releases, FoxVideo has plunged more deeply into the history and background of the character and the actor behind the role as it was made famous -- Warner Oland -- than ever before, and with most impressive results. Indeed, the special feature accompanying Charlie Chan In Monte Carlo, entitled Charlie Chan Is Missing:

Overview

For the third volume of its Charlie Chan releases, FoxVideo has plunged more deeply into the history and background of the character and the actor behind the role as it was made famous -- Warner Oland -- than ever before, and with most impressive results. Indeed, the special feature accompanying Charlie Chan In Monte Carlo, entitled Charlie Chan Is Missing: The Last Days Of Warner Oland, is almost worth the price of the set -- forget the disc -- by itself, for the biography that it presents on Oland. The movies themselves -- The Black Camel (which, otherwise, has never been seen in a home viewing format, including television, until now), Charlie Chan On Broadway, Charlie Chan In Monte Carlo, and Charlie Chan's Secret -- look sensational, within the limits of the surviving materials. It's something of a mystery as to why Fox waited until the third volume of the series to issue The Black Camel, the earliest surviving one of the Oland Chan films -- but it has some of the most severe material problems (mostly overcome, within limits, here), and one supposes that they wanted to establish the high quality of the best transfers as a benchmark before aiming for the hisitorically essential material. Charlie Chan In Monte Carlo appears on a double-sided DVD -- the last of Oland's films, it is accompanined by the biographical documentary on him, while the opposite side contains Behind The Curtain, the first of the Fox films to include the Chan character. The Black Camel comes accompanied by a sterling commentary track by Ken Hanke and John Cork, who range freely across the many and varies aspects of the movie, the character, and the unusual nature of the movie itself, among the most unusual of the Chan movies. This disc also contains a featurette, Charlie Chan's Chance: The Recreation of a Lost Chan Film, which is a fascinating effort to represent in audio terms a now-lost film in the series -- the 2007 audio performance is accompanied by stills from the original production, whichj exist in the 20th Century-Fox archives. If the commentary on The Black Camel is worth the price of admission -- and it is -- then the recreation is a phenomenally enlighting and entertaining bonus, and makes this an especially rewarding disc. (One of the actors sounds an awful lot like Lloyd Nolan who, of course, did his own detective films for Fox a few years after the Chan movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
UPC:
0024543457640
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
6:14:00
Sales rank:
6,271

Special Features

Bonus movie: Behind That Curtain; The World of Charlie Chan featurette; Dr. Henry Lee: The Modern Day Charlie Chan featurette; Charlie Chan and the Rise of the Modern Detective featurette; Charlie Chan Is Missing: The Last Days of Warner Oland featurette; Charlie Chan's Chance, a re-creation of a lost Charlie Chan movie

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warner Oland Charlie Chan
Warner Baxter John Beetham
Keye Luke Lee Chan
Lois Moran Eve Mannering
Rosina Lawrence Alice Lowell
Sally Eilers Julie O'Neil
Bela Lugosi Tarneverro
Charles Quigley Dick Williams
Gilbert Emery Sir Frederic Bruce
Joan Marsh Joan Wendall
Virginia Field Evelyn Grey
Claude King Sir George Mannering
Dorothy Revier Shelah Fane
Henrietta Crosman Henrietta Lowell
J. Edward Bromberg Murdock
Sidney Blackmer Karnoff
Douglas Fowley John Burke
Edward Trevor Fred Cage
Harold Huber French Police Inspector
Philip Strange Eric Durand
Victor Varconi Robert Fyfe
C. Henry Gordon Van Horn

Technical Credits
Eugene J. Forde Director
Gordon Wiles Director
Hamilton MacFadden Director
Irving Cummings Director
Earl Derr Biggers Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Black Camel
1. Main Titles/Honolulu Romance [2:16]
2. Tarneverro [3:16]
3. Two Detectives [3:31]
4. Psychic Session [4:27]
5. Distraught [3:15]
6. "Thousand Pardons" [1:47]
7. Murder in the Pavilion [3:17]
8. "Possible Motive" [3:45]
9. The Black Camel [5:13]
10. That's Him! [5:33]
11. Under Suspicion [5:55]
12. Blackmail [3:45]
13. Food for Thought [1:06]
14. Positive Identification [4:56]
15. His Real Name [3:49]
16. Penetrating Criticism [4:46]
17. Pin Scratches [3:23]
18. Evidence [3:05]
19. Mrs. Denny Mayo [2:45]
20. The Butler [:51]
Disc #2 -- Charlie Chan on Broadway
1. Main Titles [1:03]
2. Seasick [:41]
3. Lady in Distress [3:36]
4. Headache [3:08]
5. Official Welcome [4:46]
6. News Scoop [4:20]
7. Wrong Room [4:41]
8. The Hottentot Club [3:15]
9. Floor Show [5:41]
10. Police Banquet [1:51]
11. Murder Investigation [4:51]
12. Lights Out [2:06]
13. A Second Murder [3:02]
14. "Interesting Reading" [6:32]
15. Journalistic Gem [1:41]
16. Paraffin Test [4:11]
17. "Dangerous Business" [4:13]
18. Candid Photos [3:11]
19. "Beg to Differ" [3:50]
20. Case Closed/End Titles [1:17]
Disc #3, Side A -- Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo
1. Main Titles/Vacation [5:33]
1. Twenty Five [:54]
3. Missing Bonds [2:13]
4. Breakdown [2:52]
5. Collateral [2:09]
6. Return the Merchandise [2:25]
7. Murder Scene [4:54]
8. Behind Bars [1:42]
9. Assisting the Investigation [3:52]
10. A Suspect [4:22]
11. More Suspects [6:24]
12. Multiple Threats [2:37]
13. Phone Records [1:27]
14. Observation [4:36]
15. Eavesdropping [3:53]
16. Background Checks [2:42]
17. Suspect Pursuit [1:12]
18. Murder [4:25]
19. Explanations [11:44]
20. Au Revoir/End Titles [1:46]
Disc #3, Side B -- Behind That Curtain
1. Main Titles/Veiled Threats [3:49]
2. Surveillance [3:16]
3. Scheming [3:33]
4. Character Questions [4:01]
5. Murder Investigation [5:23]
6. Walk Softly [3:09]
7. Pairing Up [4:11]
8. Heart to Heart [2:42]
9. Distressing Information [8:13]
10. Going Forward [4:12]
11. English Visitor [5:05]
12. The Journey's End [7:37]
13. Questions and Answers [7:30]
14. Eve's Disappearance [4:18]
15. In Hiding [2:50]
16. Confrontation [5:00]
17. Search Warrant [3:09]
18. Joining Forces [2:51]
19. Deadly Gathering [5:52]
20. Getting Answers [3:53]
Disc #4 -- Charlie Chan's Secret
1. Main Titles/Sunken Ship [3:54]
2. Lost Heir [4:17]
3. Murder [2:02]
4. Creepy House [1:45]
5. Update [4:15]
6. Séance [3:17]
7. Investigation [7:26]
8. Forensics [1:43]
9. Attempted Murder [8:03]
10. Another Target [3:20]
11. Secret Passage [6:03]
12. First Arrest [3:40]
13. Changing the Will [2:11]
14. Another Murder [2:19]
15. A Daughter's Grief [1:29]
16. Closing In [3:19]
17. Ingenious Plan [3:41]
18. Interrogation [1:09]
19. Charlie's Plan [3:48]
20. Exposed/End Titles [4:28]

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This is the 3rd volumne I've purchased for my husband and we are very pleased with all of them.