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Charlie Chan 5 Movie Gift Box Set (Limited Series) (1945)

Sidney Toler , Benson Fong , Phil Karlson , Phil Rosen  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sidney Toler, Benson Fong, Mantan Moreland
  • Directors: Phil Karlson, Phil Rosen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: TGG Direct, LLC
  • Run Time: 323 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00598O9RI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,073 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Charlie Chan 5 Movie Gift Box Set (Limited Series)" on IMDb

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In the Secret Service: Charlie Chan is an agent of the U.S. government assigned to investigate the mysterious death of an inventor.

The Chinese Cat: Chan (Sidney Toler) and Number Three Son (Benson Fong) are chased through a veritable labyrinth of fun house tricks after coming to the aid of a damsel in distress (Joan Woodbury).

The Jade Mask: Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler), his pseudo-intellectual Number Four Son (Edwin Luke) and panicky partner (Mantan Moreland) find themselves at odds with an entire family while investigating a brilliant scientist's murder.

The Scarlet Clue: Sidney Toler is back as the inscrutable Charlie Chan who takes on a group of fast-track media types in this '40s sendup of bad radio drama, snarling sponsors and tense thespians.

The Shanghai Cobra: In his screen debut, the incomparable Charlie Chan calls in his Number Four Son (Benson Fong) and loyal assistant (Mantan Moreland), to help investigate a series of murders committed with cobra venom.


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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why These? September 21, 2011
Format:DVD
When I saw a new Charlie Chan cover illustration, I thought: At last! The remaining unreleased Chan films are finally out...but no, it's just a reissue of things already available. Where are THE RED DRAGON, SHADOWS OVER CHINATOWN, THE DOCKS OF NEW ORLEANS, THE SHANGHAI CHEST, THE GOLDEN EYE, THE FEATHERED SERPENT and THE SKY DRAGON? When they turn up, I'll buy them. But I've already got everything that's been released.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best of chan August 24, 2011
Format:DVD
I am a big fan of Charlie Chan whether it is Warner Oland or Sidney Toler. This particular set is a double dip from an earlier release (The Chanthology)and is missing Meeting at Midnight, the sixth Chan in that set. These were made at Monogram studios (someone correct me if I'm wrong) after the bigger studio let the Chan series drop (Warner Bros.?). The point being that the chintzy-ness of the studio budget really shows in these productions. Sets, lighting, etc. - everything is second-rate. The Mantan Moreland edge to comedy may strike viewers as offensive and the other Chan sidekicks are not always great. I own these because I own all the Chans (even the other set that is offered here) which is even worse. But if you are a fan of the 30's/40's mystery series such as Wong, Moto, the Saint and the Thin Man, then you will probably want these in your collection.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first 6 Monogram Chans reissued....minus one June 22, 2012
By jrc
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
An outfit called TGG Direct has been licensing MGM/UA titles for reissue on DVD, and this is one of their first packages. The first 6 Monogram Chan films were originally released in a box set entitled Chanthology back in the mid-2000s, with each movie on a separate disc. This set presents only 5 of the films over 2 single sided discs. The discs are enclosed in two Amray cases inside an outer cardboard box. Both discs appear to be dual-layered, and the transfers are identical to those previously released. As these potboilers run barely an hour each, the programs are well contained on the dual layer discs with no compression problems. No extras are included, but none were seen on the original single-disc editions, either.

Disc 1 features IN THE SECRET SERVICE, THE CHINESE CAT, and THE JADE MASK. Disc 2 features THE SCARLET CLUE and THE SHANGHAI COBRA. Both discs feature a simple menu allowing you to select the movie to be played.

For those who missed out on the Chanthology set, this is a great value for a fraction of the cost. A big upside is that you can see these films with fewer disc changes, which for such short films is quite a bonus.

The downside is that they inexplicably did not include BLACK MAGIC (aka MEETING AT MIDNIGHT). It would have easily been accommodated on disc 2. It is the only title that is in the public domain, so perhaps that had something to do with its omission. Even so, MGM/UA's print is far superior than any public domain elements for that title that I've seen. Moves like this really baffle me and make one wonder if these companies even know what the Hell they're licensing. Collectors who buy these sets generally want ALL of the available titles. In this case, not 5 out of 6 films!

Anyway, I can highly recommend this set despite the omission of BLACK MAGIC
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This new set is just a reissue October 12, 2011
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What a real disapointment.......
I thought....Finally...at last....the remaining Monogram Charlie Chan films have been released from our friends at TCM but this is just a reissue of the first Monogram Chan films which everyone already owns.
Are they going to screw this up like they did with the Fox Movie Channel?
The Fox Movie Channel was almost like Turner Classic Movies when it first went on the air....Then some young Executive decided to showcase the same more recent movies over and over again.
What could these people be thinking?
Do they really get up in the morning with a brainstorm that everyone wants to see the same damn more recent movies over and over again?
They continue to show this terrible version of "Around The World in 80 Days" that no one has ever heard of....and they show it over and over again.
Why not show some of those great "B" films like they did a dozen years ago?
I attempted to contact the Fox Movie Channel but they obviously ignored my opinion.
Thank God we have Turner Classic Movies.
I can't wait for TCM to release volume 2 of the Charlie Chan spotlight DVD set to include the remaining Monogram Charlie Chan films.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Chan August 1, 2012
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The Chan films in this small collection have been wonderfully restored. These are some of the post war films starring Sidney Toler. The set includes 5 films on 2 dvds. Although there are no extras (trailers etc), the quality of the presentation is outstanding with great images and clear sound. There are two other Chan collections available and this set rounds out the series. If you like the later Chan films, be sure to get this set.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What company is releasing the movies September 21, 2011
Format:DVD
To the earlier poster, it was Fox that dropped the Charlie Chan series in WWII. A lot of the majors dropped their B movie divisions during the war. Mr Moto ended in 1939 while Sherlock Holmes only after two movies was dropped in 1940 only to be picked up by Universal. Which was B studio during the war with A&C.

Does anybody what company is releasing the movies as MGM own(ed?) the rights? The packaging screams Mill Creek or a public domain company so don't expect a legitamate remastering or any extras. I know TCM/Warners released Chan four movies as well so did MGM sell part of the catalogue or they just leasing the movies out to other distributors? There is similar package for Vincent Price (mostly the Corman/Poe movies) that was also owned by MGM. I would like to know.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the image and sound -...
The Charlie Chan boxed set arrived promptly. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the image and sound - it's very good. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Paul Mundell
5.0 out of 5 stars Charle Chan - Super Detective
What is there not to love about Charlie Chan! The price is fantastic.
Published 24 days ago by davidbowen
5.0 out of 5 stars I love detective stories but Charlie Chan is the best
I love detective stories but Charlie Chan is the best. He has such a way of figuring things out in a very quiet way. Too bad he isn't for real. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Sherri Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars I was kind of disappointed at the clarity
I was kind of disappointed at the clarity, but being they are old, it is passable. Great stories and mysteries and all the actors who portray Charlie Chan are great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carole Buzzoni
5.0 out of 5 stars this set will be a great value for you
If you are a Charlie Chan fan, this set will be a great value for you.
Published 1 month ago by Don
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all the set is as good a watch as others but if you like old ...
Not all the set is as good a watch as others but if you like old time "Who done it's" these are for you.
Published 1 month ago by Mary V. Kennedy
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought For A Friend
I bought this for a friend and have not yet had the opportunity to watch it. We were both please at the speed and contition (new) it came in though.
Published 2 months ago by Valerie Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Chan
I am still enjoying them. I used to watch Charlie Chan as a kid along with my Mother. While as a mystery show, it didn't take much to figure out "whodonit". Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. B. Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Charlie Chan
I am a fan of the old detective movies like Charlie Chan. This is an awesome box set. I also purchased other Charlie Chan movies. Great to watch on a rainy day.
Published 3 months ago by d.cann
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun movie to watch
I loves Charlie Chan movies when I was a young girl. If I want to return to my childhood for a time I just put one of Charlie Chan's movies on the DVD player. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Betty Geist
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