February 06, 1989 12:00 PM

>THE CHARLIE CHAN COLLECTION: Now that seven film adventures of the famous Chinese sleuth have become available for the first time on video, here’s a startling deduction: They’re lively, sassy fun. Though nearly a dozen actors have played Chan since his first film incarnation in 1926, two dominate: Warner Oland, the Swedish actor who did 16 Chan movies between 1931 and 1937, and Sidney Toler, the American who played the role 22 times between 1938 and 1947. Oland gets three tapes: Charlie Chan in Paris, Charlie Chan at the Opera and Charlie Chan’s Secret. Toler gets four: Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum, Murder over New York, Charlie Chan in Rio and Castle in the Desert. Rio makes a great starter if only to hear Toler say, “Sweet wine often turn nice woman sour.” or catch his delectable look of resignation when his impetuous No. 2 son (Sen Yung) spots a victim with a knife in his back and deduces suicide. A total treat. (Key)

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