Old Movies: Sub-Gumshoe

If strength were all, tiger would not fear scorpion.

With proper lever, baby's fingers can move mountain.

In darkness sometimes difficult to distinquish hawk from vulture.

Long journey always start with one short step.

Analects of Confucius? Maxims of Mao?

Actually, the sayings are those of that less celebrated but no less sage Oriental, Charlie Chan. To the world's most renowned Chinese detective, life was just a bowl of fortune cookies, to be cracked continually like homicide cases. Created in the late '20s by Earl Diggers as the hero of a whodunit series, Charlie had...

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