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The House Without a Key
Also known as Die Opiumhöhle von Hawaii in Austria and Germany
B&W : Serial / 21 reels
Directed by Spencer G. Bennet
Cast: Allene Ray [Carry Egan], Walter Miller [John Quincy Winterclip], E.H. Calvert [Dan Winterclip], Betty Caldwell [Barbara Winterclip], Natalie Warfield [Minerva Winterclip], Jack Pratt [James Egan], William Norton Bailey (William Bailey) [Harry Jennison], Frank Lackteen [Kaohla], George Kuwa [Charlie Chan], Harry Semels [Saladine], Charles H. West [Bowker], John Cossar [the district attorney], Scott Seaton [the detective], Cliff Saum [Kennedy], Shia Jung [the young Chinese girl], John Webb Dillon
Pathé Exchange, Incorporated, production; distributed by Pathé Exchange, Incorporated. / Scenario by Frank Leon Smith, from an adaptation by Frank Leon Smith of a novel by Earl Derr Biggers. / Ten episodes (two reels each):  “The Spite Fence,” released 21 November 1926 (three reels). / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The first film in the “Charlie Chan” series.
Survival status: The film is presumed lost.
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Listing updated: 25 August 2009.
References: Everson-Detective pp. 73, 75; Lahue-Continued pp. 252, 285; Steinbrunner-Encyclopedia p. 72 : ClasIm-223 p. C2; ClasIm-225 p. 45 : Website-IMDb; Website-SerSq.