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TCM Spotlight: Charlie Chan Collection (Dark Alibi / Dangerous Money / The Trap / The Chinese Ring) (2010)

Sidney Toler , Roland Winters , Phil Karlson , Terry O. Morse  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sidney Toler, Roland Winters, Benson Fong, Victor Sen Yung, Gloria Warren
  • Directors: Phil Karlson, Terry O. Morse, Howard Bretherton, William Beaudine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 199 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00383XZP8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,499 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "TCM Spotlight: Charlie Chan Collection (Dark Alibi / Dangerous Money / The Trap / The Chinese Ring)" on IMDb

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chantastic! March 29, 2010
By S. Ward
Before I begin, I should state that this is a pre-release review - which,at the time of typing, I suspect also applies to all the other reviews currently attributed to this release on here. With this in mind, I can't pass comment on the quality of the print transfer or whether or not there is Closed Captioning. However, with regards to the films themselves, I've seen two of the titles released in this collection, these being Dark Alibi and The Trap. The latter movie is simply woeful and not even a decent entry in the Monogram series from which all the movies on here derive - this was Toler's swansong playing Chan and, at the time, he was gravely ill with little time remaining - naturally this has an adverse effect on his performance. Dark Alibi, is, however, an entertaining yarn and ranks right up there with any title released on the other Monogram DVD collection i.e 'The Chanthology'. I've only ever seen one Roland Winters Chan movie and that was 'The Goldeneye' (not on this set) - it'll be interesting to reacquaint myself with his portrayal of the character by watching his first performance in 'The Chinese Ring' which is the last title included within this release. Its interesting to note that, with this set, there are still 7 Chan movies still awaiting release on DVD - 5 Roland Winters titles and 2 Sidney Toler - will these ever see the light of day, well, we can only hope....5 star rating given simply because I love these films, even the bad ones (and The Trap is pretty bad) - I'll update once I'm in actual receipt of the product and will then pass comment on print quality and the like. Read more ›
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102 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE MONOGRAM CHAN FILMS February 20, 2010
Warner is stepping up to the plate, giving us Chan fans a great set with four of the Monogram Studio Chan films never released on DVD. Yes DVD not DVD-R!

The films in this collection are:

Dark Alibi (1946)
Dangerous Money (1946)
The Trap (1946)
The Chinese Ring (1947) (THIS MOVIE STARS ROLAND WINTERS AS CHAN)

Needless to say, I'm DARNED EXCITED! Personally, I think it is a miracle that Warner is getting this set out. 2010 was a big dissapointment overall for classic movie releases. So this is a good thing. In the words of Charle Chan....thank you...so much.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CC TTM February 23, 2010
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This is Great......about Time...what about Tolers last 2 - Shadows over Chinatown and The Red Dragon.....they are the only ones left not on DVD
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUCH BETTER SET THAN SUGGESTED BY HARSH REVIEWS September 7, 2010
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I RECENTLY PURCHASED THIS SET AS A GIFT AND IF THE RECIPIENT HAD NOT WANTED TO OWN
ALL OF THE CHAN FILMS, I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT PURCHASING THIS SET AFTER
READING SOME OF THE HARSH COMMENTS IN REVIEWS OF IT. I EVEN FOREWARNED MY FRIEND PRIOR TO WATCHING THE DVDS WITH HIM. UPON VIEWING THEM, WE BOTH AGREED THAT WE ENJOYED ALL OF THE FILMS AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE REMAINING UNRELEASED TITLES. THE QUALITY OF THE PRINTS IS EXCELLENT AND WE EVEN THOUGHT THEY WERE PACKAGED NICELY. I EXPECTED TO BE VERY DISSAPOINTED WITH THE LAST ENTRY AND FIRST FOR ROLAND WINTERS BUT IT WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE. IT DOES TAKE SOME ADJUSTMENT TO WATCH SOMEONE DIFFERENT AFTER WATCHING THE TOLER ENTRIES BUT YOU DO GET USED TO IT, AND THE PRODUCTION VALUES AND CAST IS EXCELLENT. THE LAST ENTRY FOR MR. TOLER WAS AGAIN MUCH BETTER THAN THE REVIEWS SUGGESTED. I DON'T REVIEW VERY MANY PURCHASES BUT I FELT COMPELLED TO DEFEND THIS SET AFTER ACTUALLY WATCHING IT.
IT WAS WORTH BUYING AND WE HOPE THE REMAINDER OF THE CHAN FILMS WILL BE OFFERED,
HOPEFULLY SOONER THAN LATER.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Set for CHARLIE CHAN Collectors! October 8, 2010
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I have been trying for years to figure out who owns what as far as the CHARLIE CHAN films are concerned. Several of the Fox CHAN films showed up on TV under a Warner Bros./7 Arts package. I've also heard that Leo Gutman, Inc. owned the rights to the later Monogram films. Somehow, THE BLACK CAMEL was leased or bought by Warner Bros. for years. (Maybe for a possible remake?)Fortunately, nowadays things seem fairly clear. Fox has now retained the rights of all of the CHARLIE CHAN films they originally produced. MGM/UA apparently owns the first 6 CHAN Monogram films, and from purchasing the Allied Artists film library, Warner Bros. owns the remainder of the CHAN Monograms from 1946 to the end of the series. I just wanted to clear that up as several posters here seem to be confused as to which studio owns what.

It seems to some that Warner Home Video and TCM has "scraped the bottom of the barrel" in putting these four Monogram CHARLIE CHAN films out on DVD. In a way, they have, but they've done their best to restore these films, which I've heard have been in sad shape for years. Even as a youngster, several of the Monogram CHARLIE CHAN films looked choppy, dupey and grimy from the TV prints I saw in Chicago, and a number of them were from foreign "Pathe' Pictures, Ltd." prints. So, we gotta give Warners and TCM kudos for getting the films in as good a shape as possible for DVD.

For my money, DARK ALIBI is probably the best of the post-1945 CHARLIE CHAN films. DANGEROUS MONEY and THE TRAP are the worst of the Sidney Toler films. Author Ken Hanke (CHARLIE CHAN AT THE MOVIES) likes the Roland Winters version of "Charlie Chan" far more than I do, so I'm sure he's happy that a good copy of THE CHINESE RING is avialable on DVD at last. I do agree with Mr.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars especially when it comes to classic films like these, this is a...
As an avid movie buff, especially when it comes to classic films like these, this is a definite welcome to my large and growing home library collection. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Wa2oosy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Better than I expected.
Published 27 days ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful
A delight to watch.
Published 1 month ago by elaine routzohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good start for a collection.
Published 1 month ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Birmingham Brown his 'asst/driver' is a great
I just adore Toler as Chan. Birmingham Brown his 'asst/driver' is a great compliment
Published 1 month ago by bookish
4.0 out of 5 stars The boxed set arrived speedily and in perfect condition - I have no...
The boxed set arrived speedily and in perfect condition - I have no problems with it at all: The picture quality is excellent black and white and the sound is good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Mundell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Chan Fans
Although the "Monogram" Chan films aren't quite the same quality of the "Fox" Chan's, these are sill VERY good films. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CountryGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Charlie Chan
Love Charlie Chan. My grandchildren have been watching these gems with me and they are getting great pleasure at the humor and trying to solve the crimes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Romantic
4.0 out of 5 stars A story from each actor who played Charlie Chan
This was a good set, it featured all three actors who played Charlie Chan. I have to admit, I was not too thrilled with the Roland Winters portrayal of Charlie Chan at all. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ralph J. Fitcher
4.0 out of 5 stars These Charlie Chan movies were good but not as good as some of the...
These Charlie Chan movies were good but not as good as some of the others. But I still loved them!
Published 3 months ago by Moody
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