Here is some Warner Oland trivia for Charlie Chan in Shanghai, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time]) at www.charliechan.info:
Warner Oland was able to show off his singing voice in The Jazz Singer (Al Jolson's father, Cantor Rabinowitz) and at the beginning of Shanghai when he sings to the children.
The irony is that this song refers to another of Oland's Oriental roles as Fu Manchu!
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"Princess Ming Lo Fu
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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 hound 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."
Rush Glick reports that Warner Oland had a schnauser namedShaggedy Ann whom he evidently cherished.
When Shaggedy Ann had puppies, one was apparently named "Princess Ming Lo Fu," certainly based on the title characther of this little song!