Amazon's Editorial by Paul Gaita is very haphazard and uses sensibilities of today to comment on the past. Regardless of whether any of the Chans were Chinese or not, it was good drama, played by good actors who did not belittle or demean the Chinese people. It is so stupid to keep repeating how terrible it is that Chan wasn't played by a Chinese actor - is it terrible when a Chinese actor plays in roles other than those written for a Chinese actor? Of course it isn't. Paul - keep your PC junk to yourself. That being said, this with Monogram isn't earth shattering, but it does have good stories (each of them individual in spite of Amazon's reviewer). The series had simply run longer than it should have (Rathbone only made a total of 14 Sherlock Holmes movies) and didn't have the writers or budget it had previously. What can it hurt? Buy Chantology; if you remember late night TV being in black and white buy Chantology; if you like a slowly developing plot without tons of CG buy...
Scott "The Perfectionist" I own the Fox collections of Charlie Chan starring Sidney Toler -which are excellent, but was somewhat hesitant about this monogram set after reading some of the other reviews. I shouldn't have been! These hit the spot just like my other sets. Yea, I like #2 son Sen Yung too, but Charlie has a few cute daughters also, and Mantan Moreland more than makes up the difference with comedy relief. I generally only do reviews if I think you are going to waste your money or I think it's very good. I like things that take you to another place and time and let you get out of your head for awhile- and this does it! As for a white man playing a Chinese role or vice versa; sorry, we...
For fans of the B-grade 1940's detective thrillers, Honolulu Police Detective Charlie Chan has finally made the jump from VHS to DVD format with this initial offering of six short films from 1944 and 1945, featuring Sidney Tolar in the title role as the legendary sleuth.
The many Charlie Chan movies would barely pass muster today, with a Caucasian actor portraying the astute detective, and a formulaic approach helped along by Chinese proverbs and pre-CSI detective work. These six episodes are perhaps not the best examples of the genre. Dedicated Charlie Chan fans await the conversion of some of the older episodes from the early 1940s. Nevertheless, these Charlie Chan movies are good harmless fun and a time capsule of murder mysteries on film during the Second World War.
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