Monday, January 17, 2005

Charlie Chan History

On today's date in 1938, Warner Oland walked off the set of "Charlie Chan at the Ringside," suffering a mental breakdown.

He never returned to the set and later died in his homeland of Sweden of bronchial pneumonia on August 6, 1938.

Twentieth Century-Fox later recouped part of their losses by reusing part of "CC at the Ringside" in the revamped "Mr. Moto's Gamble" for Peter Lorre. Keye Luke played Lee Chan for this movie for the last time until the role was resurrected for "The Feathered Serpent" (1948) and "The Sky Dragon" (1949).

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