The House on Punchbowl Hill

Punchbowl Hill

The cooling breath of a tradewind breeze...

Hibiscus flower in the moonlight...

The golden light of the setting tropical sun...

The Charlie Chan Family Home

The cooling caress of a tradewind breeze, carrying with it the subtle perfume of plumeria, gently sways the palms and rustles the glistening leaves of the algaroba trees that shade the house nestled on the upper slope of Punchbowl Hill above the bustling tropical city of Honolulu.  This house, now a virtual  museum, has been a home to the Chan family for decades.  So, please dear visitor, accept an unworthy yet heartfelt welcome to you, our honored guest!

Each room of this venerable old home will hopefully offer an opportunity to learn a few new facts about the life and work of illustrious detective and family patriarch Charlie Chan.

"Charlie Chan" ("Chan Cha-Li")

Please feel free to wander through our small museum by using the links provided at the top of this and all of our pages, or, for more detailed information, you may prefer to begin your tour by first visiting our Directory.

Question?  Comment?  Would you like to be added to our emailing list regarding our weekly Chat/Film Viewings?  Please drop us a line through our mailbox below:

Also, please consider joining with us in our humble but very friendly Chat Room each Monday beginning at 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, as we share our thoughts on another Charlie Chan film, viewed live, together...and more.  There is always a chair for you at our table.
And...please be sure to pay a visit to our
Message Board, Calendar, and our Bulletin Board where we post current information on events, releases, etc. that relate to Charlie Chan.

"Thank you - so much."


OUR WEEKLY CHAT/FILM VIEWING (Charlie Chan Film Tour 2014):

Please consider meeting with us each Monday night as we watch and discuss a Charlie Chan film together.  As we continue our journey through the entire Charlie Chan film series, and more, this week's offering will be:
Monday, October 20: The Chinese Ring

Please consider accepting this humbly offered invitation as we view this fine mystery together through the magic of synchronized video players!  We begin our evenings at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with arrivals and greetings.  Then, at precisely 8:15, we start playing our personal copies of our feature for that night.

If you do not have access to a copy of our featured presentation (please note: a good number of Charlie Chan movies are available via the Internet at such sites as YouTube), please join with us anyway!  Our conversation wanders from the picture at hand to most any subject relating to Charlie Chan, and you will be included in all of the fun!  Need it be said that ALL are most welcome, especially "first-timers"?

So, we hope to see you in our Chat Room this Monday evening, as there is always a chair awaiting you, our honored guest...



Please take a look at our most recent addition to the many rooms of our Charlie Chan family Home: The Warner Oland Scrap Book.  This vintage item offers a collection of 142 pages of obscure material dating from Warner Oland's film career from its beginnings in 1916 until the first years of the Charlie Chan era in 1932!



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A NEW book devoted to Charlie Chan films!


Paperback: 200 pages

Publisher: Parasolo (November 28, 2013)

ISBN-10: 064691457x

ISBN-13: 978-0646914572


The Charlie Chan Mystery Movie Guide is a must for all fans of Charlie Chan!  Author Luke Freeman has put together a fresh, detail-filled collection of commentaries on the films of the 20th Century-Fox Charlie Chan series.  This handsome book is divided into two "acts"; Act I focuses on the Warner Oland pictures with Act II detailing the efforts of Sidney Toler.  Even the most seasoned Chan follower will find gems of interest and new pearls of information as one flips through the pages.  Mr. Freeman, born in 1982, is certainly one of the youngest writers of recent times to have taken on such a project, and his fresh, respectful take on the venerable detective is a joyful encounter which sharply contrasts with much of what we have sadly come to expect in our cynical present times.

Included in The Charlie Chan Mystery Movie Guide are cast lists and very brief synopses for all of the films.  What makes this book unique, however, is that Mr. Freeman adds much to the appreciation of the human side of Charlie Chan as experienced through the Oland and Toler portrayals.  The commentaries offer a rich, fun, and a lovingly presented look at each picture.  For each film, the reader is offered a "Best Moment," where the author points out a key moment in the movie, noting the time in the film where readers can find the scene for themselves!

Toward the end of the book, there is a head-to-head comparison in which Luke Freemen contrasts "OlandChan" and "TolerChan."  This continues a discussion that has enchanted Charlie Chan fans over the decades and, happily, Mr. Freeman leaves the door wide open for continued debate and enjoyment.  Also, from the author's final words on the last page of the book, one can safely conjecture that he has plans for a second book to focus on the Monogram Pictures phase of the Charlie Chan series.  May it be so…


The Return of Charlie Chan on DVD:

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of The New Adventures of Charlie Chan starring Ross Martin, an excellent, clear, clean version may be found at for a list price of $14.99 including postage/handling (although one may choose to make a lower offer!).  The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (Universal - 1971) was a made-for-television movie that could have led to a new TV series.  This picture was not aired on American television until 1979.


Long-awaited DVD collection: "Charlie Chan Collection"

On August 6, Warner Brothers Home Video released a 4-disc DVD set titled Charlie Chan Collection.  This followed Warner's 2010 release (also called Charlie Chan Collection) of four other Monogram Pictures Chan films.  The new collection features four more Monogram Chan pictures: Shadows Over Chinatown, Docks of New Orleans, The Shanghai Chest, and The Golden Eye.  This long-anticipated release retails for $39.92, but can be currently ordered from for $29.96 (with free postage/handling for this product).



ThisTV, available on many cable networks as well as via local broadcast in some regions, is one reliable outlet for occasional showings of Charlie Chan!   Other good possibilies are MeTV, Antenna TV, and COZI TV.  Please monitor your local listings regularly for information, and feel free to request Charlie Chan at their Web site.
Also, please take a moment to suggest a Charlie Chan movie be shown on TCM (Turner Classic Movies), and, in fact, please do so with regularity!  You may suggest a specific film, or you may also suggest "Any Charlie Chan movie."  Together we have made a difference...


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