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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Charlie Chan is a fictional Chinese-American detective created by Earl Derr Biggers. Biggers had been vacationing in Hawai'i in 1919, when he read a newspaper account of a Chinese-American detective, Chang Apana, connected with the Honolulu Police Department. Fascinated by the idea of an Oriental hero as a contrast to the ubiquitous Yellow Peril villains of the period, Biggers included an Oriental detective named Chan as a peripheral character in his novel House Without a Key (1925). In the 1926 novel The Chinese Parrot, Chan took center stage, and his successful adventures spanned four more Biggers novels: Behind the Curtain (1928), The Black Camel (1929), Charlie Chan Carries On (1930) and Keeper of the Keys (1932).The character's most familiar portrayals, however, were in a series of nearly 50 films. By the time of Biggers' death in 1933, all but the last of the novels had been adapted for film (the last was adapted for the New York stage). Contrary to popular belief, Chan was portrayed by Asian actors in his earliest appearances — but not Chinese: The Japanese actors George Kuwa and Sôjin played the detective in his first two films, and E.L. Park, probably a Korean, in his third. None of these portrayals was deemed particularly successful, either by Biggers or by the public.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })It was, oddly, a Swede, Warner Oland, who became in the opinion of Biggers and of most fans the ideal embodiment of the character. Oland had already played Fu Manchu and many other Asian characters in the movies, and always claimed to be of Mongolian descent himself via his Russian mothernote "I owe my Chinese appearance to the Mongol invasion" ; he would continue to be in demand throughout the Thirties to play various Asian characters, such as Dr. Yogami in 1935's Werewolf of London.) Oland took Charlie Chan very seriously. He learned Cantonese (he speaks it pretty well in several Chan films) and read up on Chinese art and philosophy. He played the detective in a series of 15 films for 20th Century Fox, starting with Charlie Chan Carries On (1931), though many fans believe that his characterization really hit its stride in Charlie Chan in London (1934). Here Charlie assumed his archetypical form: the unassuming, heavily accented but brilliant detective, spouting pseudo-Oriental aphorisms (a Flanderization which Biggers himself cordially disliked), kindly and devoted to his fractious and multifarious family, and often having to endure the feckless co-detecting effort of his thoroughly Americanized Number One Son, Lee, or others of the clan. Oland even started talking a bit like Chan in everyday life. Chan became a globe-trotter: He rarely remained home in Honolulu, but appeared against a number of glamorous and exotic backgrounds: at the racetrack, at the opera, on Broadway, in London, in Paris, in the Pyramids of Egypt, at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. By the time of Oland's death in 1938, Charlie Chan was one of Fox's most popular and successful film series.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })So popular was he, in fact, that the studio refused to let the character die with the actor, and so the Missouri-born Sidney Toler took up the role in 1938's Charlie Chan in Honolulu. His Chan was slightly more acerbic than Oland's, and he was much given to ridiculing the efforts of his Number Two Son, Jimmy (or sometimes Tommy) Chan (Victor Sen Yung). After 11 films, Fox decided to end production of the Chan series, whereupon Toler bought the rights to the character, and proceeded to make another 11 films, with Monogram Pictures, until his death in 1947.Bostonian Roland Winters (born Winternitz) took up the part in 1947's The Chinese Ring. By now it was apparent that Monogram was determined to milk the franchise for all it was worth, with little regard to quality.An attempt to transfer the character to television in the person of J. Carroll Naish was made in The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1958) with moderate success.In Hanna-Barbera's 1972 Animated Adaptation, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Mr. Chan was portrayed for the first time by an actor actually of Chinese descent: Keye Luke, who had played Number One Son Lee Chan in the Oland series of films, and who was later well known as "Blind Master Po" from the popular Kung Fu series of the 1970s and as Gizmo's original owner in Gremlins.A pair of Affectionate Parodies appeared as The Return of Charlie Chan (aka Happiness Is a Warm Clue) (1973) and Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981), in which Chan was played by Ross Martin and Peter Ustinov, respectively. (A Chan-based character was also played by Peter Sellers in the 1979 omnibus mystery spoof, Murder by Death.)In the 1990s, a number of Charlie Chan films were produced in Hong Kong by Chinese production companies. An Italian Chan appeared in 1983. There was talk in the 2000s about a screen adaptation starring Lucy Liu as the granddaughter of the famous detective, but it never came to pass.Charlie's legacy is complicated. Intended as an anti-racist character, he is often denounced as a stereotypical mockery. English professor Yunte Huang hopes to contextualize and celebrate Charlie's legacy in his new book about Charlie and Chang Apana. The real Chang was an active, athletic type who solved more illegal gambling and drug smuggling cases than murdersnote and without a gun! All he ever carried was a bullwhip., but did have an even-paced, methodical investigative style and was amused by his cohorts nicknaming him Charlie Chan. He liked the films, too.note Invited to watch the rehearsals and filming for The Black Camel, Apana laughed his head off, especially when Chan is told "You should have a lie detector," and replies "Lie detector? Ah, I see, you mean wife. I got one."
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Proverbial Wisdom
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Proverbial Wisdom: Chan is a smart detective with a definite aura of "oriental wisdom" around him (including, most notably, speaking in Eastern proverbs and aphorisms in the films).
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Ripped from the Headlines
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Ripped from the Headlines: Chan was loosely based on real-life Honolulu police detective Chang Apana.
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ManInWhite
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Man in White: Charlie often, though by no means always, dresses in a white linen suit with his iconic Panama hat.
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Title Drop
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Title Drop: Happened in most of the books:
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Nepotism
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Nepotism: Charlie's sons work with him.
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Nephewism
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Nephewism: Averted. When sidekicks were added to the movies, they were his sons.
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Captain Ersatz
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A Captain Ersatz version of Chan twice appeared in the form of "Harry Hoo" (Joey Forman) on Get Smart.
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The Shelf of Movie Languishment
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The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The Made-for-TV Movie Happiness Is A Warm Clue was shot in 1970, but had its premiere on British television in 1973... and didn't get shown on American TV until 1979.
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Good Hair, Evil Hair
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Good Hair, Evil Hair: Averted. Charlie's Genghis Khan moustache and (optional) beard, usually reserved for villains, are here merely signs of ethnicity.
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No Swastikas
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No Swastikas: An early example of this appeared in 1936's Charlie Chan at the Olympics, which were, of course, held in Berlin that year; all the numerous swastikas that appear (including on the Hindenburg) are carefully blotted out.
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Yellowface
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Yellowface: Almost all the adaptions of the books to film, TV, etc.
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Magician Detective
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Magician Detective: Charlie Chan has to combine his detective skills with a magician friend's talents in Charlie Chan at Treasure Island.
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Yellow Peril
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Yellow Peril: Designed specifically as an aversion.
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The Teetotaler
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The Teetotaler: Charlie Chan is a teetotaler, but in a bit of double irony he is no fan of a Spot of Tea; he prefers sarsaparilla (a nonalcoholic root beer-like drink). In the books, Charlie does like tea with meals.
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Police Are Useless
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Police are Useless: Averted in novels. Charlie Chan himself is a policeman, and in most novels, his colleagues prove quite useful.
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You No Take Candle
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You No Take Candle: Excuse, please...humble Chan rarely observe strict English syntax. He's more careful with English in the books. Biggers describes him as drawing his English from poetry. Interestingly, in both the books and the movies his children are far more adept with the English language... which Charlie sees a rejection of the Good Old Ways. This is touched on very strongly in chapter 13 of The Black Camel titled, appropriately enough, Breakfast With The Chans.
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Everybody Smokes
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Everybody Smokes: In Behind That Curtain, this is one of the factors in the murder victim's death. At a party everyone is crowded into one room to see explorer Beetham's home movies. Many of them are smoking like fiends, so several people leave the room to get some air.
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Recursive Canon
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Recursive Canon: The climax of Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen takes place in an old movie theatre holding a Charlie Chan movie festival. When the Chase Scene between the heroes and the killer leads onto the stage, the audience assumes it's All Part of the Show.
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The Watson
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The Watson: Several of these have popped up; his sons took up the role in The Movies, and there was one in almost all of the books.
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Massive Numbered Siblings
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Massive Numbered Siblings: Fans are familiar with "Number One Son" (Lee, played by Keye Luke)note Luke was an artist (as seen in Charlie Chan in Shanghai), thought he was being hired to create publicity posters, and didn't even think of himself as an actor. He bowed out when Toler replaced Oland. Seems his pay was cut in half by the studio, and the producer told him to his face that Lee was the "dumb one" to Charlie's "smart one" and "Number Two Son" (Jimmy, played by Victor Sen Yung). In the books, Charlie and Mrs. Chan have seven sons note Henry, Oswald, Lee, Jimmy, Tommy, Eddie, Charlie Jr. and Willie and three daughters note Ling, Iris and Frances. Here's an in-depth explanation of who's who, and points out a few inconsistencies. Chang Apana really did have many children. In the films, there are eleven kids until a twelfth child is born in 1936 (Charlie Chan at the Circus) and Ling is mentioned having her own baby in 1938 (Charlie Chan in Honolulu). Despite Hollywood's practice of casting Anglo characters as Asians, all the children were played by Asians. Mrs. Chan shows up in several pictures advising or fussing over Charlie.
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Public Domain
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Public Domain: All six books, the comics, the radio plays and most of the movies; check The Other Wiki for more details.
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Divorce in Reno
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Divorce in Reno: In Charlie Chan in Reno, Charlie's son when he hears his dad is going to Reno—actually to consult the Reno Police on a case—is asked by fellow students if his parents are getting a divorce. Ellen Landini divorced all her husbands there in Keeper of the Keys.
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Comic-Book Adaptation
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Comic-Book Adaptation: Several: First, as a Newspaper Comic that ran from 1938-42 (it was cancelled because the white readers didn't want an Asian in the funnies... even though during World War II the Chinese were on the Allied side). Then, with now-defunct Comic Book publisher Prize Comics, drawn by none other than Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, otherwise known as the creators of Captain America. When Prize lost the license, the series transferred to Charlton Comics, continuing the same numbering. The numbering and the title changed when DC Comics got their hands on Chan and his Number One Son: The New Adventures of Charlie Chan lasted for six issues, the longest consecutive run for any publisher handling the license. Dell Comics managed two issues; Gold Key Comics did a 4-issue tie-in to The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan.
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Grande Dame
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Grande Dame: Henrietta Lowell in "Charlie Chan's Secret", and surprisingly, she's also a Cool Old Lady.
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Start to Corpse
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Start to Corpse: Generally pretty short.
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Cool Car
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Cool Car/Transforming Mecha: The Hanna-Barbera cartoon featured "the Chan Van", a vehicle which could transform itself into various modes of transportation from van to station wagon to sports car, etc., at the push of a button. (It makes one mildly uncomfortable to recall that it shared this trait with Hong Kong Phooey's Phooeymobile, though the canine crime-fighter used a gong to trigger the change.) In the books, Charlie's car was always described as a "flivver", which was The Roaring '20s' way of saying "What a Piece of Junk". Alternatively, it could be a stealthy Product Placement: "flivver" was a nickname for older Ford cars.
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Lawyer-Friendly Cameo
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Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Charlie Chan-type characters show up in a number of works, usually as affectionate parodies. For instance: In two episodes of Get Smart, Joey Foreman played a Charlie Chan Expy, a Chinese-Hawaiian detective named Harry Hoo. In 1970 Filmation's Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down? featured a Jerry-ized version of Chan, Flewis Lewis (and his One-Ton Son), both ghastly Ethnic Scrappies. In the 1979 film Murder by Death, Peter Sellers plays a Chan-type sleuth named Sydney Wang.
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Busman's Holiday
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Busman's Holiday: Frequently lampshaded for The Chinese Parrot and Behind That Curtain. The latter being an Immediate Sequel for the former, Charlie's especially anxious to get home. At the end of Behind That Curtain, somebody rushes in, saying there's just been a very unusual murder. When they try to find Charlie, they find he's just gone out the fire escape. A recursive Real Life example would be Chang Apana's attendance at the Chan films.
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Hurricane of Aphorisms
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Hurricane of Aphorisms: Charlie always speaks like this in the films; in the books not, because Biggers was trying to avoid all the stereotypes.
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Reality Has No Subtitles
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Reality Has No Subtitles: Averted in Charlie Chan in Rio where Jimmy asks his dad a couple of questions in Cantonese, so Anglo listeners won't catch on. Charlie responds likewise and it's all subtitled in a "Chinese"-looking font. In the Oland films, Charlie and Lee speak unsubtitled Cantonese in various situations, often when Lee is startled awake. In Charlie Chan in Shanghai several children also have unsubtitled Cantonese lines.
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The Exotic Detective
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The Exotic Detective: Biggers was first attracted to the character by the exotic quality both of his Honolulu setting and of what was then considered the paradoxical contrast of a non-"Sinister Chinaman".
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Animated Adaptation
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Animated Adaptation: Not only the 1972 Hanna-Barbera series, but also the 1970 Filmation series (See Lawyer-Friendly Cameo, below.)
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Obfuscating Stupidity
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Obfuscating Stupidity: Charlie Chan is a master of this trope, often playing up his "foreignness" so people underestimate him.
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RealLife
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A recursive Real Life example would be Chang Apana's attendance at the Chan films.
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Catchphrase
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Catchphrase: Warner Oland's Chan often said, "Thank you so much." Sidney Toler favored, "Excuse, please," and "Contradiction, please."
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Alliterative Name
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Alliterative Name
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Nice Hat
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Nice Hat: Chan invariably wears a Panama hat with a broad brim and rounded crown.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: In Charlie Chan in Shanghai, Oland sings a song making reference to "the Emperor Fu Manchu", a part he had played himself in previous films. In the same film he asks son Lee Chan (Keye Luke) whether he is selling "Oil for the Lamps of China" — the title of a popular 20th Century Fox film in which Luke had just appeared. A Captain Ersatz version of Chan twice appeared in the form of "Harry Hoo" (Joey Forman) on Get Smart.
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The Roaring '20s
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In the books, Charlie's car was always described as a "flivver", which was The Roaring '20s' way of saying "What a Piece of Junk".
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Orgy of Evidence
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Orgy of Evidence: In Charlie Chan in London the eponymous detective, who already has suspicions about the supposed guilt of the convicted murderer, is rebuffed by another character pointing out how much evidence exists establishing his guilt. Chan's knowing reply is that there is "too much evidence."
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Invisible Writing
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Invisible Writing: One mystery (possibly Charlie Chan in the Secret Service) has some writing on a piece of linen. The glyphs appear to be Chinese, but Chan declares them as gibberish. He then points out that, despite plenty of writing paper available, the marks were made on cloth. Chan rinses the linen in a bowl of water, which washes away some of the ink, but leaves the true message in broken Roman letters intact. More traditionally, on paper in Charlie Chan in Shanghai. A seemingly casual letter has the secret message on the back, revealed when the paper is warmed and disappearing again when removed from the lamp.
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Flanderization
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Flanderization: Probably the best-remembered characteristic of the detective is his use of pithy "Oriental" aphorisms — a trait which comes directly from the Warner Oland Filmic Adaptations, and which were the only aspect of those adaptations that Biggers himself disliked.
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Crossover
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Crossover: a partial example with Peter Lorre's similar character, the Japanese secret agent Mr. Moto. Mr. Moto's Gamble was originally intended to be a Charlie Chan movie, after Werner Oland died partway through filming, the script was hastily rewritten as a Moto vehicle. As a result, Chan's Number One Son appears in a supporting role as a student of Mr. Moto, desperately seeking education as a detective in order to please his father (who is never referred to by name).
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The Generation Gap
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Interestingly, in both the books and the movies his children are far more adept with the English language... which Charlie sees a rejection of the Good Old Ways. This is touched on very strongly in chapter 13 of The Black Camel titled, appropriately enough, Breakfast With The Chans.
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Product Placement
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Alternatively, it could be a stealthy Product Placement: "flivver" was a nickname for older Ford cars.
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Character Celebrity Endorsement
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Character Celebrity Endorsement: In 1935, Warner Oland appeared as Charlie Chan in a short subject to urge the voters of Pennsylvania to vote to allow Sunday showing of motion pictures: "Humble self very much puzzled why one man may play golf game on Sunday and other man cannot see Charlie Chan bring criminal to justice on same day."
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Asian Speekee Engrish
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Asian Speekee Engrish: Averted for Charlie. In the books he also uses definite articles and has a much better grasp of English syntax (although he may pretend not to) than the films would have you believe. Any Chinese in the books more elderly, however... This became a clue in The House Without a Key, where Quincy thinks he's gotten a phone call from Charlie telling him to go to a certain address, then asks if he's familiar with it by saying "You savvy locality?" Too late, Quincy realizes, Charlie does not talk like that. He takes his English from poetry, and is "careful to use nothing that savors of 'pidgin'." He does escape, but not without several fights.
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