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The Chinese Ring

The Chinese Ring(1947)

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The title card on the film reads: "Charlie Chan in The Chinese Ring." The film's working titles were The Red Hornet and Charlie Chan and the Chinese Ring. Independent Film Journal reviewed the picture as The Red Hornet. This film marked the first "Charlie Chan" film to star Roland Winters. Winters was the third actor to portray "Chan" in the series, replacing Sidney Toler after his death earlier in 1947. Toler had replaced Warner Oland in the series, which began with the 1931 Fox film Charlie Chan Carries On. Although the CBCS lists Valerie Ardis as "Stenographer," the Variety review and studio production files list Charmienne Harker in the role. The Chinese Ring was a remake of the 1939 Monogram film Mr. Wong in Chinatown (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2931. Scott Darling, who is credited with the original story for The Chinese Ring wrote the screenplay for the 1939 film. For more information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Charlie Chan Carries On in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0663.