The House Without a Key (lost mystery film serial based on book; 1926)
The House Without a Key is the first film adaptation of the Charlie Chan novel by the same name. It is a silent serial.
The story begins with young John Quincy Winterslip bringing a box over to Honolulu for his Uncle Dan Winterslip, who wishes to destroy it. Dan is later found murdered, and it turns out he was part of a human smuggling ring, years before. The man seeking the box is Captain Amos, who wishes to recover a lost necklace he gave Dan years ago. Eventually, Dan's gold is found and Charlie Chan is able to pinpoint Jennison, Dan's attorney, as the killer by tracing a watch Jennison had given away to him.
- The serial ran for 12 episodes and was remade as "Charlie Chan's Greatest Case," (a feature film which is also lost). Charlie was portrayed by a Japanese actor named Sojin Kamiwara. And Frank Lackteen had a role as a villainous character.
- The Wikipedia page for the serial. Retrieved 26 Aug '19
- The House Without A Key (novel by Earl Derr Biggers)
- The Charlie Chan Family Website