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Charlie Chan in the Pawns of Death

Charlie Chan in the Pawns of Death
by Bill Pronzini et al - Buy online
"Checkmate!" That was the last word uttered to Charlie Chan and Prefect of Police Claude DeBevre by a dying reporter. The man had been murdered . . . stabbed to death and left to die in a vacant hotel room. It is the second murder in 24 hours at the Transcontinental Chess Tournament, and Charlie Chan has been summoned from a peaceful and long-deserved vacation to help solve the crime before international scandal ruins the tournament's good name! Originally published in Charlie Chan's Mystery Magazine in 1974, this is the first book appearance of The Pawns of Death.


Charlie Chan in the Temple of the Golden Horde

Charlie Chan in the Temple of the Golden Horde
by Michael Collins - Buy online
Earl Derr Biggers' classic detective Charlie Chan investigates a cult called the Temple of the Golden Horde, which may be involved in murder! This short novel, by Edgar Award nominee Michael Collins, Orig. appeared in Charlie Chan Mystery Magazine in 1974. This is the first book publication. Features a new introduction by the author.


House Without a Key

House Without a Key
by Earl Derr Biggers - Buy online
In a facsimile edition of their 1925 debut, Charlie Chan and his oldest son search for the murderer of a wastrel from a respected Boston family. This book is an excellent example of the polite, pre-Hammett, pre-hard-boiled era of the mystery novel. It's certainly a fun read, but it's the introduction of the Charlie Chan character that gives it a special place in the history of the genre. Chan is certainly an appealing and engaging character, and it's easy to see how such a successful franchise followed. Biggers also makes excellent use of his tropical setting, which along with Chan's presence, makes the reading experience memorable.


Charlie Chan's Words of Wisdom

Charlie Chan's Words of Wisdom
by Howard M. Berlin - Buy online
A selection of 600 quotes from the Charlie Chan movies, based on the character created by Earl Derr Biggers. Includes a 12-page databank of publicity photos, lobby cards, and other scenes from the movies.


Seven Keys to Baldpate

Seven Keys to Baldpate
by Earl Derr Biggers - Buy online
A famous author comes to a summer mountain resort in the dead of winter, determined to find peace and quiet to write his next book. But before his first night is out, a steady stream of unexpected visitors begins to fill the hotel...men and women with stories of love, loss, and flight...none of them telling the truth. Before the week is out, there will be gunfire, bribery, fights in the snow, and hidden truths unmasked. "Seven Keys to Baldpate" is a mystery that will leave you guessing to the end. Earl Derr Biggers penned "Seven Keys to Baldpate" long before he created his most famous character, Chinese detective Charlie Chan, yet in its day it was a popular best-seller and became the source for no less than seven films.


Charlie Chan at the Movies: History, Filmography, and Criticism

Charlie Chan at the Movies: History, Filmography, and Criticism
by Ken Hanke - Buy online
From his primitive nonseries beginnings through the well known Fox series of 44 films (1931-1949), here is the complete history of famous film detective Charlie Chan. The films are presented in chronological order, with full cast and credits, synopses and evaluations. Biographical details on the three most famous screen Chans-Warner Oland, Sidney Toler, and Roland Winters-and background information on series directors and supporting players, insights into the making of the films and the full story of the abrupt halt in 1949 as well as a full array of the detective's aphorisms (or Chan-o-grams) are included. Numerous photos throughout.


The Charlie Chan Film Encyclopedia

The Charlie Chan Film Encyclopedia
by Howard M. Berlin - Buy online
The first film featuring Charlie Chan, The House Without a Key, appeared in 1925. Forty-seven films and six Charlies later, the series still delights audiences. Charlie Chan connoisseurs cite a variety of reasons for the honorable detective's longevity and appeal, ranging from his wit and personality to the films' fascinating casts that often included future celebrities. This encyclopedia contains over 1,900 entries for characters, actors, crew members, plot devices, and facts, as well as film summaries and Charlie's famous aphorisms. Photographs accompany the text and the entries are arranged alphabetically for easy reference and access. Practically anything a fan of these films might want to know is thoroughly analyzed here.


A Guide to Charlie Chan Films

A Guide to Charlie Chan Films
by Charles P. Mitchell - Buy online
There are over fifty Chan films and an additional three Spanish language Chan films. This guide reviews the forty-four extant Chan films. Entries, alphabetically arranged, include a unique annotated cast list, a comparative rating system, production information, analysis and plot synopsis, a performance critique, and a collection of Chan sayings, which vary from film to film. An introduction discusses the history and literary origins of the Chan films and the formulaic devices common to the films.


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