Charlie Chan Chanthology
In the mid forties the Monogram studio took over production of the Charlie Chan movies after Twentieth Century Fox dropped the series in 1942. Actor Sidney Toler now owned the rights to the character, and went on to star in eleven Chan films for Monogram up until his death in 1947. This box set contains the first six of those films, and given they are less well known than the Fox films, this release is welcome. Although the Monogram films had decidedly lower budgets and production values than the Fox series, there is still much to enjoy. Of the films in this set the stand out ones are director Phil Karlson's "Shanghai Cobra", with its film noir elements, and "Meeting At Midnight", with its spooky overtones. The remaining films are somewhat weaker and are rather similar to each other, but are still entertaining. The other factor that makes this set worth considering is the very good picture and sound quality.

6 x DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 6 x 65 mins | 20.4 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller


The Charlie Chan Chanthology is a six DVD set featuring the long running character in his films from 1944 to 1945. These episodes star Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan:

Charlie Chan in The Secret Service – The Secret Service enlists Charlie to catch a killer and stop a deadly device from falling into the wrong hands.

The Chinese Cat – When cutthroat gem thieves try to steal a wealth of diamonds hidden in a porcelain Chinese cat, Charlie is on the trail!

The Jade Mask – Charlie finds himself at odds with the family of a murdered scientist as he attempts to find who among them is a killer!

Meeting at Midnight – Charlie investigates a group of spiritualists, illusionists and hypnotists who specialize in sйances... and dabble in murder!

The Scarlet Clue – This thrilling whodunit pits Charlie against a murderous thief out to steal top-secret radar plans!

The Shanghai Cobra – Charlie faces off against an escaped con from Shanghai who's been killing his victims with cobra venom!

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