Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Ghost of a Chan

With Oland the Swede on vacation,
The story would need alteration.
Nix China and Chan,
Align with Japan,
And deed it a new sleuthing Asian.

Donald B. Benson and Surly Hack

Harold Huber, Peter Lorre and Keye Luke in Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938). The script was originally written as a Charlie Chan film called Charlie Chan at Ringside, but Swedish born Warner Oland, who had played Chan in previous films, left the set due to illness, and it was retooled for Peter Lorre's Mr. Moto. The part of Lee Chan, Charlie's "number one son" was kept, and was played by the actor who defined the role, Key Luke.

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