Shanghai's "Princess Ming Lo Fu"
In "Charlie Chan in Shanghai," we have Warner Oland singing the delightful "Princess Ming Lo Fu."
Warner Oland had as good a singing voice as his speaking voice. It's a shame that he didn't get to use it more. Oland's career had an ironic twist in light of this hidden talent of his: He played Cantor Rabinowitz, the father of Al Jolson's character (Jakie Rabinowhitz/Jack Robin) in "The Jazz Singer." This 1927 partial-sound musical was a pivotal point in Hollywood history, marking the beginning of the end of silent movies.
Another irony is that the song, "Princess Ming Lo Fu makes reference to Fu Manchu, a character that Oland played in at least two other movies.
On to the lyrics:
Princess Ming Lo Fu*
Long the journey, hard the way,
But his heart was gay,
For, was he not a Prince both strong and brave,
Vowed a princess fair to save?
And he slew the dreadful dragon,
Even cut off his seven heads;
And in this cave he found the Princess
Bound in her lowly bed.
Then came they both back to the land
Of the mighty Emperor Fu Manchu,
To claim his reward, the dainty hand
Of lovely Ming Lo Fu."
(*Thanks again to Rush Glick at his great website: