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Take Part One of "The World's Greatest Charlie Chan Quiz"!

The World’s Greatest Charlie Chan Quiz

by Mike in DC


Part I


Inspector Duff:  “Pity he’s wasted in a place like Honolulu, isn’t it?”

Inspector Hayley:  “Well, it can’t be any worse than here.”

(“Charlie Chan Carries On”)t


Part I: “Begin at best place - beginning." ("Charlie Chan in London"): - 36 points


A light warm-up for experienced Chan Fans. For newcomers, a survey of the essential knowledge from which greater things flow.  (One point each, 36 points total.)


1.         What is the name of the greatest Chinese detective in history?

2.         Where was he born?

3.         What was the location of his home in his adult life?

4.         What was the name of the author who first chronicled Charlie’s exploits?

5.         What was the name of the Honolulu policeman who captured that author’s imagination and led him to chronicle Charlie’s exploits?

6.         What was Charlie’s first chronicled appearance in a case?

7.         What was the first case in which Charlie had a significant role throughout the entire story?

8-10.  List the names of the three actors who most frequently portrayed Charlie Chan in films.


“Father who depends on son is happy or foolish according to son.”

(Charlie Chan at Treasure Island)


11-13. List the given names of the three sons who most often accompanied Charlie on his cases.

14.      Which actor played three different Chan sons?

15-20. Name those three sons and the films in which they appeared.

21.      What was the final number of children in Charlie’s “multitudinous family?”

22.      In which film was that “final number” revealed?

23.      How many surviving films are in the “Chan canon” (i.e., those featuring the three main actors)?

24.      What is the name of the earliest surviving “canonic” film?

25.      What is the name of the last?

26.      Charlie was famously courteous. What phrase did he commonly use to indicate appreciation?

27.      How did his children usually refer to him? 

28.      What was the name of Charlie’s employer for most of his career?

29.      What was his final rank in that organization?

30.      Charlie had one famous foray into the world of politics, making a plea for moviegoers to support a referendum.  In which state was this election?

31.      What was the year?

32.      What was the referendum about?


"Beauty of Chan family also have brains. Very fine combination.”

(Black Magic/Meeting at Midnight)


33-34. Name the two daughters who accompany Charlie in an adventure.

35.      Which of these daughters did Charlie call the “Beauty of the Chan Family?”

36.      Name one of the two movies in which a Chan daughter serves as one of his assistants.


The World’s Greatest Charlie Chan Quiz, Part I – Answers:

1.       Charlie Chan

2.       Guangzhou (Canton), China

3.       Punchbowl Hill, Honolulu, Hawaii Territory (it was NOT a state!)

4.       Earl Derr Biggers

5.       Chang Apana

6.       The House Without a Key (a novel by Biggers)

7.       The Chinese Parrot (also a novel by Biggers)

8-10.  Warner Oland, Sidney Toler and Roland Winters

11-13. Lee, Jimmy and Tommy

14.     Layne Tom, Jr.

15-20. Charlie Chan, Jr. (…at the Olympics); Tommy (…in Honolulu); Willie (…Murder Cruise)

21.     14

22.     Charlie Chan in the Secret Service

23.     40

24.     The Black Camel

25.     The Sky Dragon

26.     Thank you so much; often abbreviated as TYSM among the Chan-savvy

27.     Pop!

28.     Honolulu Police Department

29.     Detective Lieutenant

30.     Pennsylvania

31.     1935

32.     Whether to allow movie theaters to open on Sundays

33-34. Iris; Frances

35.     Frances

36.     CC in the Secret Service; Black Magic/Meeting at Midnight


Thank you so much for playing!  See where you fall in the Chan pantheon of notable sleuths…

34-36 POINTS - Most Worthy Successor:  There will, of course, never be a replacement for Charlie Chan. But you have demonstrated the skill and knowledge to be deemed a most worthy successor to the intelligent and wise Master.  Your knowledge of Charlie’s cases and films is prodigious.  Great work!

30-33 POINTS- Lee:  Most knowledgeable and adroit of all of Charlie’s assistants, your knowledge of the Chan canon is most impressive.  With just bit more experience you’ll be able to take over the Chan agency when pop retires—just in case the art thing doesn’t work out!

27-29 POINTS - Jimmy:  Pop!  Pop!  A few bumbles here and there, but you know a great deal about Charlie’s cases.  Keep mind on present task (“and not on pretty Chinese cousin”)—soon you’ll be solving puzzles like your illustrious father!

25-26 POINTS - Senhor Souto:  Intellectually capable and quite knowledgeable, you handle most complicated tasks well—and you know Chan trivia quite well too.  There are a few situations, though, in which you still need to have “Senhor Shan” around to step in and save the day.

23-24 POINTS - Tombstone:  Sometimes inscribed with words of wisdom but occasionally covered with moss, your flashes of insight wax and wane.  A worthy effort, but perhaps better suited to busting cattle rustlers in Tonopah than to the intricacies of Charlie’s cases.

0-22 POINTS - Kashimo:  Very enthusiastic, but not quite up to the task at hand.  You can console yourself that the wages of your efforts is not “hunt for new job,” but rather an opportunity to increase your level of Chan-ological expertise.  Clue!  Clue!  Perhaps too late now, but there is always a next case…



From the Amazon.com description:

A key early work from the creator of the long-running detective series Kerry Drake presented in a format that is as close as one can get to experiencing it as a daily comic.

As a famed hero of the mystery novels by Earl Derr Biggers, Inspector Charlie Chan reached even greater heights in a series of popular movies. As actor Sidney Toler was preparing to replace Warner Oland as the wily police detective in 1938, Alfred Andriola was tapped to create a newspaper strip version of the character. Andriola was secretary to Milton (Terry and the Pirates) Caniff and Chan would be his first cartooning effort, but with some friends in Caniff's orbit, Andriola succeeded in producing what The World Encyclopedia of Comics says is "among the best comic strips in the 'Caniff school.'" 

The pride of the Honolulu Police Department uses his intellect more than his fists to solve cases of international intrigue, and the syndicate's initial promotion called Charlie Chan "A new mystery strip, totally devoid of guns and gangsters" to separate it from Dick Tracy and his many hard-boiled imitators. Not that the strip is devoid of action and romance--Chan's tall, handsome assistant, Kirk Barrow, shoulders those "difficult" burdens with aplomb. Featuring the first complete year of daily strips, from October 1938 to November 1939, this volume of LOAC Essentials offers readers exciting adventures, snappy dialogue, and arresting art, making it a fascinating complement to Caniff's own efforts on Terry and the Pirates during this period.

PRICE: $29.99 at Amazon.com.  Copies may be found at many other Internet sellers as well at varying prices!


A GREAT Charlie Chan Blog!:

A NEW blog site, The Postman on Holiday,  offered by our own Lou Armagno which is: "A place to explore all things surrounding Detective Charlie Chan, his creator Earl Derr Biggers, and their connection with Hawaii, Cleveland, and mystery fiction."


Please pay a visit to our Gallery:

As we add material to our Gallery from our collection, we will only be presenting original material, representing examples from ALL movies in the Charlie Chan film series, and more.  All exhibited material either comes from our physical collection or is contributed by others from their own personal collections.


NEW!  Our Charlie Chan family Chat Archive:

Please visit our archive of collected text records from recent Charlie Chan Family Monday Evening Chat and Film Viewings!  The collection of such text records was not possible in the past, and, as long as this continues to be possible, we will offer them to you, especially to those who may be unfamiliar to our weekly Chat Room gatherings.




Please note our recent additions to our STUDY:

New items of interest are constantly being added to our Study.  If you are interested in learning more about Charlie Chan through original material and more, please take the time to visit our huge collection of vintage magazine and newspaper articles and much more!


The Return of Charlie Chan on DVD:

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of The Return of Charlie Chan starring Ross Martin, it is offered by various sellers at reasonable - and often cheap - prices across the Internet!
The Return of Charlie Chan (Universal - 1972) 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.


The Warner Oland Scrapbook:

This vintage item, the Warner Oland Scrapbook, which can be found on our Study, 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.  The content housed between the covers of the scrapbook run from February 25, 1916 to March 5, 1932.


Our Yearly Chat Journey Through the Charlie Chan Series:

Our "Weekly Chats" originated in March of the year 2000!  It has now been more than 20 years ago that we began a series of year-long journeys through the entire Charlie Chan film series, which have included a few "side stops" along the way.  Since then, we have scheduled additional "detours" related to the Chan series.  These include, but are not limited to, Mr. Moto, Mr. Wong, and The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, and The Return of Charlie Chan.  It is our hope that these special "side stops" will be of interest as we move along together through the year.

If you do not currently have Mr. Moto's Gamble, the Mr. Wong series, or The New Adventures of Charlie Chan in your collection, it is humbly suggested for your enjoyment that you consider purchasing them.  Today, all of the above material is available through sellers on the Internet, which a quick search will readily reveal!  One reliable source is eBay, where items can be found at varying prices, allowing one to find the best bargain.  Also, the majority - but not all! -  of our viewing material is available (though availability fluctuates!) online via YouTube, etc.


"Thank you - so much..."

"Thank you - so much..."

A profound debt of gratitude to those who have contributed items of interest to this humble museum...


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