Fictional, but modelled on a real-life detective in Honolulu named Chang Apana.
Warner Oland - from 1931 until 1938, Roland Winters - from 1947 until 1949
Sydney Toler - from 1938 until 1947, Roland Winters - from 1947 until 1949
Warner Oland: from 1931 until 1938; Sydney Toler: from 1938 until 1947
Director: Eugene Forde. Also starred Sidney Blackmer, Harold Huber & Kay Linaker. Plot: Although Charlie (Oland) and Lee (Luke) are in Monaco for an art exhibit, they become caught up in a feud between rival financiers which involves the Chans in a web of blackmail and murder.
Director: Harry Lachman. Also starred Olive Brasno, Francis Ford & Maxine Reiner. Plot: While visiting the circus with his family, Charlie (Oland) is recruited by the big top's co-owner to investigate threatening letters that he's received.
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone. Also starred Allan Lane, Keye Luke & C. Henry Gordon. Plot: When a strategically important new aerial guidance system is stolen, Charlie (Oland) traces it to the Berlin Olympics, where he has to battle spies and enemy agents to retrieve it.
- Director: H. Bruce Humberstone. Also starred William Demarest, Guy Usher & Margaret Irving. Plot: A dangerous amnesiac escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the opera house to wreak revenge on those who tried to murder him seven years earlier.
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone. Also starred Thomas Beck, Alan Dinehart & Gavin Muir. Plot: When a friend of Charlie's (Oland) is found kicked to death by his own race horse on board a Honolulu-bound liner, the detective discovers foul play and uncovers an international gambling ring.
Director: Norman Foster. Also starred Douglas Fowley, Pauline Moore & Donald MacBride. Plot: Charlie's (Toler) investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.
Director: Herbert I. Leeds. Also starred Harold Huber, Pedro de Cordoba & Dorothy Tree. Plot: While in Paris for a reunion on the eve of World War II, Charlie (Toler) finds that the murder of an hated businessman leads him to a conspiracy to smuggle arms to Germany.
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone. Also starred Eddie Collins, John 'Dusty' King. Plot: While Charlie (Toler) is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy (Yung) impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.
Director: Eugene Forde. Also starred Mona Barrie, Douglas Walton & Alan Mowbray. Plot: Charlie (Oland) visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeepe to a stableman to a lawyer.
Director: Lewis Seiler. Also starred John Miljan, Erik Rhodes & Keye Luke. Plot: Hired to investigate forged bonds, Charlie (Oland) is thwarted by the murder of his undercover agent, but the arrival of son Lee (Luke) helps him uncover the true culprits.
Director: Norman Foster. Also starred Slim Summerville, Kane Richmond & Pauline Moore. Plot: Mary Whitman (Moore), an old friend of Charlie's (Toler) in Reno for a divorce, finds herself accused of murdering the woman her husband planned to marry after the decree became final.
Director: James Tinling. Also starred Russell Hicks, Keye Luke & Halliwell Hobbes. Plot: When a prominent official is murdered at a banquet honoring Charle Chan (Oland), the detective and son Lee (Luke) team up to expose an opium-smuggling ring.
Director: Eugene Forde. Also starred J. Edward Bromberg, Douglas Fowley & Harold Huber. Plot: Returning from European exile where she avoided testifying against her criminal associates, a former singer with a tell-all diary is murdered to insure her silence.
Director: Gordon Wiles. Also starred Henrietta Crosman, Edward Trevor & Astrid Allwyn. Plot: The heir to a huge fortune is presumed drowned, then shows up, is then murdered.