Charlie Chan Movies in Order

Created by author Earl Derr Biggers, Charlie Chan is a Chinese-American detective from Honolulu who solves crimes using his intellect and wisdom. He made his first appearance in the 1925 novel “The House Without a Key” and became immensely popular in subsequent novels and adaptations.

The film adaptations, particularly those produced by Fox Film Corporation and later 20th Century Fox, were particularly popular during the 1930s and 1940s.

Notably, the character of Charlie Chan has been portrayed by actors of various ethnic backgrounds (like Swedish actor Warner Oland or American actor Sidney Toler), sparking debates about racial stereotypes and representation in media.

Here are the Charlie Chan Films in Order

There were two silent movie adaptations in the 1920s, but they are now lost

Starring Edward L Park

Behind That Curtain (1929)

Starring Warner Oland

Charlie Chan Carries On (1931)
The Black Camel (1931)
Charlie Chan’s Chance (1932)
Charlie Chan’s Greatest Case (1933)
Charlie Chan’s Courage (1934)
Charlie Chan in London (1934)
Charlie Chan in Paris (1935)
Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)
Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935)
Charlie Chan’s Secret (1936)
Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)
Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)
Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)
Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)
Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937)
Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937)

Starring Sidney Toler

Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1939)
Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)
Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)
City in Darkness (1939)
Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)
Charlie Chan’s Murder Cruise (1940)
Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)
Murder Over New York (1940)
Dead Men Tell (1941)
Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)
Castle in the Desert (1942)
Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944)
The Chinese Cat (1944)
Black Magic (1944)
The Jade Mask (1945)
The Scarlet Clue (1945)
The Shanghai Cobra (1945)
The Red Dragon (1946)
Dangerous Money (1946)
Dark Alibi (1946)
Shadows Over Chinatown (1946)
The Trap (1946)

Starring Roland Winters

The Chinese Ring (1947)
Docks of New Orleans (1948)
Shanghai Chest (1948)
The Golden Eye (1948)
The Feathered Serpent (1948)
Sky Dragon (1949)

Starring Ross Martin

The Return of Charlie Chan (1973)

Starring Peter Ustinov

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)

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