Warner Oland - from 1931 until 1938, Roland Winters - from 1947 until 1949
Warner Oland: from 1931 until 1938; Sydney Toler: from 1938 until 1947
Director: Alan Crosland. Also starred Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer & Robert Gordon. Plot: The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy his father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.
Director: Frank Tuttle. Also starred Frederic March, Chester Conklin & Florence Eldridge. Plot: Philandering actor Richard Hardell (March) is murdered at a movie studio. His jealous wife Blanche (Eldridge), his director Rupert Borka (Oland), and a girl he mistreated, Helen MacDonald (Hill), all have substantial reasons for having wanted him dead.
Director: William A. Wellman. Also starred Gustav von Seyffertitz, Francis McDonald & George Kotsonaros. Plot: Heyst (Arlen), a hermit on his own tropical island, plays unwilling host to red-headed stowaway Alma (Carroll). Danger looms...
Director: Lloyd Corrigan. Also starred Bramwell Fletcher, Frances Dade & Holmes Herbert. Plot: Princess Ling Moy (wong), a young and beautiful Chinese aristocrat lives next door, unbeknownst to her, to Dr. Fu Manchu (Oland), a brilliant but twisted genius who is out to rule the world.
Director: Irving Pichel. Also starred Dudley Digges, Gertrude Hoffman & Frank Reicherl. Plot: Joe Valerie (Reicher) stashed a million dollars in gold from a robbery 15 years earlier. Now that he lay dying a painful death, he trades the location of the money to Dr. Cornelius (Oland) for a shot to end his suffering.
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: 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: 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: 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.
Director: Hamilton MacFadden. Also starred Dorothy Revier, Victor Varconi & Murray Kinnell. Plot: The unsolved murder of a Hollywood actor several years earlier and an enigmatic psychic are the keys to help Charlie (Oland) solve the Honolulu stabbing death of a beautiful actress.
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: 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: 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: George B. Seitz. Also starred Clara Blandick, Hale Hamilton & Wallace MacDonald. Plot: A mad doctor is determined to take revenge on the family he believes is responsible for his daughter's death.
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: 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: Rowland V. Lee. Also starred Neil Hamilton, Evelyn Hall & William Austin. Plot: The villainous master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu (Oland) sets out to destroy the people he holds responsible for the death of his family.
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.