TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Charlie Chan [4 Discs] [DVD]

Four classic stories about legendary Chinese detective Charlie Chan on four DVDs. In Dark Alibi, Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) re-examines fingerprint evidence to help clear an accused bankrobber at the request of his daughter. In Dangerous Money, Chan (Toler) gets to the bottom of a maritime murder. In The Trap, Chan (Toler) discovers the story behind the suspicious deaths of two performers. And in The Chinese Ring, Chan (Roland Winters) uncovers the plot behind the assassination of a Chinese princess.
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The Trap
In this mystery, Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) helps out an actress justly terrified for her own life after her fellow actors slowly begin to die horrible deaths. The homicides transpire at a Malibu beach house; Chan gathers all of the clues into one location and hones in on the killer. This marked Toler's last film appearance; Roland Winters inherited the role from him. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Dangerous Money
In this episode of the popular detective series, Chan, along with Number Two Son, are aboard a ship bound for Pago Pago. On route a federal agent is murdered. The two sleuths investigate. The film is also titled "Charlie Chan in Dangerous Money." ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Dark Alibi
In this episode of the popular detective series, Chan learns that fake fingerprints have caused innocent people to go to prison. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

The Chinese Ring
Roland Winters takes over the role of wily oriental sleuth Charlie Chan in the so-so Monogram programmer The Chinese Ring. The film is a remake of 1939's Mr. Wong in Chinatown, right down to dialogue and camera angles. Charlie Chan gets dragged into the story when a beautiful Chinese princess (Jean Wong) drops dead in his living room. Chan's only clue to the murderer and his motives is the letter "K," leading him to such likely suspects as Captains Kelso (Thayer Roberts) and Kong (Philip Ahn). Aiding and abetting Chan at every turn are his erstwhile "assistants," son Tommy (Victor Sen Yung) and chauffeur Birmingham Brown (Mantan Moreland), not to mention loud-mouthed police sergeant Davidson (Warren Douglas) and perky gal reporter Peggy Cartwright (Louise Currie). The fact that Roland Winters refuses to take his role seriously greatly enhances the film's enjoyment. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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    Jan Bryant - Lois
  • Sidney Toler
    Sidney Toler - Charlie Chan
  • Mantan Moreland
    Mantan Moreland - Birmingham Brown
  • Victor Sen Yung
    Victor Sen Yung - Jimmy Chan
  • Tanis Chandler
    Tanis Chandler - Adelaide Brandt

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