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Charlie Chan In Paris [1935] [DVD]

Warner Oland , Keye Luke , Lewis Seiler    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Thomas Beck
  • Directors: Lewis Seiler
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064X6O2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,144 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Another crime investigation for Honolulu detective Charlie Chan (Warner Oland). This time, Chan is chasing around the French capital trying to root out three counterfeiters who operate within the Parisian sewer system.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
Charlie Chan movies are an acquired taste. I'm assuming that you have that taste or you wouldn't be looking at this review of the video.

I hadn't seen this movie in over 30 years, and I was curious to see if my obsession with Charlie Chan had survived. I must report that I'm still hooked.

Why? The plot is extremely compact, complex, and well developed. Even knowing who did what to whom, I was fascinated to see the story unfold.

I expected to be bothered by the treatment of Charlie as a Chinese American, but that was handled with reasonable aplomb. Charlie is obviously the smartest guy in the room, and everyone figures that out pretty quickly. Once they know him, they all love Charlie. There's one scene early on where Charlie is patronized by a new acquaintance, but he handles it all with grace. The rest of the time, Charlie receives the kind of treatment that a detective king might command. Warner Oland graciously takes it all as his due.

Those who love Keye Luke who played Lee Chan in the series will be pleased to see that he has a good sized role in Charlie Chan in Paris.

Those who love Apache dancing will enjoy that scene.

What really shocked me was how poorly the film represented Paris. Aside from some French names and a pair of Apache dancers, no one in the film seems to be French. The effort is most amateurish except for an interesting trip through the Paris sewers which is rigged with an unexpected gag.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Charlie Chan movies are an acquired taste. I'm assuming that you have that taste or you wouldn't be looking at this review of the DVD.

I hadn't seen this movie in over 30 years, and I was curious to see if my obsession with Charlie Chan had survived. I must report that I'm still hooked.

Why? The plot is extremely compact, complex, and well developed. Even knowing who did what to whom, I was fascinated to see the story unfold.

I expected to be bothered by the treatment of Charlie as a Chinese American, but that was handled with reasonable aplomb. Charlie is obviously the smartest guy in the room, and everyone figures that out pretty quickly. Once they know him, they all love Charlie. There's one scene early on where Charlie is patronized by a new acquaintance, but he handles it all with grace. The rest of the time, Charlie receives the kind of treatment that a detective king might command. Warner Oland graciously takes it all as his due.

Those who love Keye Luke who played Lee Chan in the series will be pleased to see that he has a good sized role in Charlie Chan in Paris.

Those who love Apache dancing will enjoy that scene.

What really shocked me was how poorly the film represented Paris. Aside from some French names and a pair of Apache dancers, no one in the film seems to be French. The effort is most amateurish except for an interesting trip through the Paris sewers which is rigged with an unexpected gag.
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Yet another film requested by my son who knew what to expect in old film quality. He saw them when he was a child.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Better Chan Films 7 July 2006
Format:DVD
CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS is one of the better entries in the Chan series. It is the tenth Chan film and the seventh in which Warner Oland plays the role of the venerable detective. It marks the first appearance of Keye Luke as Lee Chan, Charlie's number one son.

Philip MacDonald wrote the screenplay. Earl Derr Biggers, the author of the six Charlie Chan novels, had already died in 1933 - two years before this movie was issued by 20th Century Fox.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Chan Films 25 Aug 2002
By Peter Kenney - Published on Amazon.com
CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS is one of the better entries in the Chan series. It is the tenth Charlie Chan film and the seventh in which Warner Oland plays the role of the venerable detective. It marks the first appearance of Keye Luke as Lee Chan, Charlie's number one son.
Philip MacDonald wrote the screenplay. Earl Derr Biggers, the author of the six Charlie Chan books, had died in 1933.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the series hits it stride..a must 30 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
the movie seems to be the unoffical start of the series as we love it...number one son debut helps ..it has sex//comedy// a good ending//a must see
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warner Oland is the true Charlie Chan 23 Sep 2004
By Cheryl T. & Roger A. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
I agree with "daggerofthemind" that there is absolutely no making light of anything Chinese in this or any of the Charlie Chan films featuring Warner Oland as the famed detective. Sidney Toler however, while not being convincing as a Chinese, has made Chinese people angry at his not making any effort to speak Chinese while instead speaking gibberish while portraying Chan. As to this film, I think it is one of the best Charlie Chan films. This and all of the Warner Oland Charlie Chan films should be brought out on DVD as they should have already, and listed in front of the Sidney Toler films.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD CHAN OUTING 17 Mar 2005
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
I Really resent the fact that Turner Classic stopped showing the Charlie Chan films due to protests by Asian Americans. Were the films racist and stereotyping Orientals? Yeah...Sure they were. But how many movies of the 30's and 40's were not stereotypical in some way? Whether it was of any race or creed. Hiding them away doesn't mean they never happened. And although the actors who portrayed Charlie Chan may not have been Asian, they always portrayed him in a favorable light as being much smarter than the crooks he helped to capture. And of course many co-starred Keye Luke as #1 son who was an Asian-American.

In Charlie Chan In Paris, Chan goes to France in the guise of taking a vacation with #1 son, but is really there working for a London bank, investigating a series of fraudulent bonds being passed at French banks. Soon this leads to murder as a bank executive is killed and the daughter of the Bank's President is framed for the murder. Chan must now solve the murder and discover the origin of the forged bonds. Very well done mystery that kees you guessing and holds up well over the years.

This was the first film that Keye Luke played Lee Chan, the #1 son so that makes this one pretty special as he always brought wonderful comic relief to the Charlie Chan Films. This was the only Chan film directed by Lewis Seiler who would go on to make a number of excellent WWII films including "Guadalcanal Diary".

It's quite unfortunate that these earlier films with Warner Oland as Chan are not on DVD while many of the generally awful Toller films are. Hopefully someone wakes up and realizes that there are a lot of fans clamoring for these on DVD.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We invite you to Le Cafe Singe Bleu 15 Dec 2002
By B. A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
It's interesting how people can see the same movie and come away with different impressions of it. A reviewer below wrote: >>Unfortunately, CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS is among them, with an early scene allowing one character to address Chan in pidgin English--and then requiring Chan to play into the joke. Modern viewers will likely find the scene distasteful; this aside, however, CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS is a reasonably entertaining entry in the series<<< and I frankly find this a surprise. Chan makes a fool of Max Corday (the man who spoke to him in Pidgin English) by speaking in pidgin first, and then perfect English. Corday is embarrassed and humbled, as Chan intended. All officials in the French police force treat Chan with respect. Making the point that 'the educated masses' are not racist, only ignorant people are.
Having said that, Charlie Chan in Paris is one of my favorite Chans, not the least because it introduces Keye Luke and has one of my favorite actors, Erik Rhodes...
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