|The House Without a Key|
|Directed by||Spencer Gordon Bennet|
|Written by|| Earl Derr Biggers (novel)|
Frank Leon Smith
|Starring|| Allene Ray |
|Distributed by||Pathé Exchange|
The House Without a Key is a 1926 American mystery film serial directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet. It is based on the 1925 novel of the same name and is the first onscreen appearance of the fictional detective Charlie Chan, although the main stars are Allene Ray and Walter Miller.The film is now considered to be lost.
Charlie Chan is a fictional Honolulu police detective created by author Earl Derr Biggers for a series of mystery novels. Biggers loosely based Chan on Hawaiian detective Chang Apana. The benevolent and heroic Chan was conceived of as an alternative to Yellow Peril stereotypes and villains like Fu Manchu. Many stories feature Chan traveling the world beyond Hawaii as he investigates mysteries and solves crimes.
Warner Oland was a Swedish-American actor most remembered for playing several Chinese and Chinese-American characters: Dr. Fu Manchu; Henry Chang in Shanghai Express and most notably Honolulu Police detective Lieutenant Charlie Chan. His career that included time on Broadway and numerous of film appearances, including 16 Charlie Chan films.
The Indians Are Coming is a 1930 American Pre-Code Universal movie serial based on The Great West That Was by William "Buffalo Bill" Cody. The serial was the first "all-talking" film of its kind. It played at The Roxy Theatre and was responsible for saving the film serial format into the sound era.
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Ten Scars Make a Man is a 1924 American adventure film serial written by Phillip Barry and directed by William Parke. The film is considered to be lost.
The Way of a Man is a 1924 American Western film serial directed by George B. Seitz. This serial is considered to be a lost film.
The Green Archer is a ten part 1925 American mystery film serial directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet. It is based on Edgar Wallace's bestselling 1923 novel of the same name.The filmmakers moved the setting of the novel from England to the United States. The story was remade in the sound era as another serial The Green Archer by Columbia Pictures.
Sunken Silver is a 1925 American film serial directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and George B. Seitz. The serial is preserved at UCLA Film & Television Center.
Play Ball is a 1925 American drama film serial directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet. The film is now considered to be lost.
Snowed In is a 1926 American silent drama film serial in 10 episodes/chapters. Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet, the film stars Allene Ray and Walter Miller. Aviation film historian James H. Farmer considered Snowed In as an "above average serial of the period."
Hawk of the Hills is a 1927 American Western film serial directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet.
Melting Millions is a 1927 American adventure film serial directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet. It is considered to be lost.
The Man Without a Face is a 1928 American adventure film serial directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet. The film is now considered to be lost.
The Terrible People is a 1928 American adventure silent film serial directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet, based on the 1926 novel of the same name by Edgar Wallace. It was released as a 10-chapter serial. The film is now considered to be lost.
The Yellow Cameo is a 1928 American adventure film serial directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet. The film is now considered to be lost.
The Black Book is a 1929 American drama silent film serial directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and Thomas Storey, starring Allene Ray and Walter Miller.
Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933) is an American pre-Code murder mystery film starring Warner Oland as the Oriental detective Charlie Chan. It was based on the Earl Derr Biggers novel The House Without a Key (1925).
Charlie Chan's Chance is a 1932 American pre-Code murder mystery film, the third to star Warner Oland as detective Charlie Chan. It is based on the 1928 novel Behind That Curtain by Earl Derr Biggers, who also contributed to the film. The film is considered to be lost.
Step Down to Terror is a 1958 American film noir crime film directed by Harry Keller and starring Colleen Miller, Charles Drake and Rod Taylor. It is a remake of the 1943 Alfred Hitchcock film Shadow of a Doubt.
The House of Fear was a 1915 American silent mystery film based on a story by John T. McIntyre. It was the third and final film in the Ashton-Kirk, Investigator series, all directed by Ashley Miller and Arnold Daly and starring Daly.
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