Friday, December 31, 2004

Blooping Your Way Through Egypt

We have some real pips in the blooper department for Charlie Chan in Egypt:

1. The aerial shots of the Sphinx as Chan is flying over don't match.

2. Charlie's hat is nice, neat and clean when it's blown off his head. It's dusty when Snowshoes finds it and puts a dent in it when he steps on it to stop it from blowing further away. It's nice, neat and clean again when Snowshoes hands it back to Charlie

3. They need only four men to move Ameti's sarcophagous. It took more than that to move Tutankhamen, plus a block-and-tackle to remove the outer sarcarphoggj.

4. How many men carried razors like Snowshoes apparently did in their every day life?!

5. The amulet that's supposed to be around the mummy's neck is seen through the x-ray to be lying on the body like it had been in the wrapping when the body was prepared.

Happy New Year!



Thursday, December 30, 2004

Chan Movies in January

We are back again with the movies that Rush Glick will be highlighting in his chat room this month! A treasure-trove of Chan goodies!

January 3 - Charlie Chan in Egypt - Charlie digs the dirt on the riches of an Egyptian Archaeology Site.

January 10 - Castle in the Desert - Anybody want to live in a real castle, even in the middle of a desert?!

January 17 - Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo - The rich and infamous mingle on the coast of Monte Carlo

January 24 - Charlie Chan on Broadway - The glamorous and infamous mingle on the Great White Way of Broadway.

January 31 - Shanghai Chest - Charlie finds a bounty of film noir and just plain spookiness in the Shanghai Chest.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Character Actors in Egypt

Charlie Chan in Egypt has several "old-timers" in supporting roles and had appeared in other Chan films, which is appropriate given the "old-time atmosphere" of the movie!

BECK, Thomas
Victor Descartes in Charlie Chan in Paris
Tom Evans in Charlie Chan in Egypt
Bruce Rogers in Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Phil Childers in Charlie Chan at the Opera

Professor John Thurston in Chalrie Chan in Egypt
Mr. Whitely Charlie Chan at the Opera

Chemist Daoud Atrash in Charlie Chan in Egypt
Carl Karzoff/Kurt Karzoff in The Chinese Chat

Barry Arnold in Charlie Chan in Egypt
Chick Pater in Charlie Chan at the Race Track

Ali, the head digger who dies in Charlie Chan in Egypt
Notorious Patron Of Gangland Bistro in City in Darkness

IRVING, George
Professor Arnold in Charlie Chan in Egypt
Major Gordon Kent in Charlie Chan at the Race Track

ROY, Gloria
Arlene in Charlie Chan's Greatest Case
Uncredited part in Charlie Chan in Egypt
Carlotta (the medium) in Charlie Chan's Secret
Mrs. Catherine Chester in Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Hat Check Girl in Charlie Chan on Broadway

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Who's Who in Charlie Chan in Egypt

Charlie Chan in Egypt is an excellent Chan movie that gets downright spooky in places. Fortunately, the actors in the movie are up to the task!

It's also one of the few that Charlie solves "alone," without any member of his family (# 1, # 2, etc.) present to help him.

Warner Oland: Charlie Chan

Pat Paterson: Carol Arnold

Thomas Beck: Tom Evans

Rita Hayworth (as Rita Cansino): Nayda

Jameson Thomas: Dr. Anton Racine

Frank Conroy: Professor John Thurston

NIgel De Bruler: Edfu Ahmad, Servant (not credited)

Paul Porcasi: Inspector Foad Soueida (not credited)

Arthur Stone: Dragonam (not credited)

Stepin Fetchit: Snowshoes (not credited)

James Eagles: Barry Arnold, Carol's Brother (not credited)

Frank Reicher: Dragoman (Not credited)

George Irving: Professor Arnold (not credited)

Anita Brown: Snowshoes' Friend (not credited)

John Davidson: Chemist Daoud Atrash (not credited)

John George: Ali, head digger who dies (not credited)

Gloria Roy: Bit Girl (not credited)

Monday, December 27, 2004

Chan Calendar for Charlie Chan at the Circus

Thanks once again to Rush Glick ( for providing us with the information to put Charlie Chan at the Circus in historical perspective!

Twentieth Century-Fox began production on Circus on January 6, 1936.

Production is completed early the next month.

The studio releases Circus on March 18, 1936.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

The Chan Calendar

Monogram Pictures finishes
production on Darl Alibi
during this week in 1945.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Happy Holidays!





From Virginia

Friday, December 24, 2004

A Brief But Good Blooper for Circus

I have just one blooper (at this point anyway!) for Charlie Chan at the Circus:

Marie Norman is listed in her publicity as Marie Normand.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Dictionary Entries for Charlie Chan at the Circus

We have several entries from Charlie Chan at the Circus for our Chan Dictionary this week!

DOPE: Information .
(Lt. Macy: "Now, here's the dope.")

GRILLING (slang): To question relentlessly, to cross-examine.

HONKY-TONKY: A cheap bar or dance hall.
(Lady Tiny: "He was only used to honky-tonks.")

JUG (slang): A jail.
(Lt. Macy: "I'm going to give them a few hours in the jug.")

ON THE UP AND UP (slang): The truth.
(Lt. Macy: "This marriage certificate is on the up and up.")

PINCH (slang): To take into custody.
(Lt. Macy: " . . . I'm going to pinch the whole show.")

(1) A dance of Cuban origin, combining complex footwork with a pronounced movement of the hips.
(2) A modern ballroom adaptation of this dance.
(3) Music for this dance or in this style.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

A Curious Cast of Actors in Circus

There are some definitely interesting actors in the cast of Charlie Chan at the Circus!

Starting with George and Olive Brasno. Many people have thought they were a married couple like they appeared in Circus, the only Chan movie they made, but they were actually a brother and sister. They appeared in eight movies, one of which (Little Miss Broadway - 1938) as themselves.

Francis Ford was the brother of the director John Ford; he had also directed and written other movies.

J. Carrol Naish had a unique spot in Chandom. He played both a villain in Charlie Chan at the Circus and Chan, himself, in the English television series, The New Adventures of Charlie Chen (c. 1958).

Bliss in Charlie Chan's Courage
Lt. Macy in Charlie Chan at the Circus
Police Chief in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise

Captain Hallett in Charlie Chan's Greatest Case
Hewitt in Charlie Chan's Courage
The Boat Captain in Charlie Chan's Secret
John Gaines in Charlie Chan at the Circus

HOWARD, Boothe:
Dan Farrell in Charlie Chan in the Circus
Ship's Doctor in Charlie Chan at the Race Track

Paula Gordon in Charlie Chan's Courage
Pamela Gray in Charlie Chan in London
Nellie Farrell in Charlie Chan at the Circus

NAISH, J. Carroll:
The Snake Handler in Charlie Chan at the Circus
Charlie Chan in The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (English Television)-Circa 1958

SHIA Jung:
The Young Chinese Girl in The House Without A Key
Su Toy in Charlie Chan at the Circus

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Charlie Chan Excitement for New Year's!

We have a perfect Charlie Chan movie to get us set for New Year's Eve!!

Charlie Chan at the Circus!

We also have a cast that's perfect to help set the mood!

Warner Oland: Charlie Chan
Keye Lluke: Lee Chan
George Brasno: Tim
Olive Brasno: Tiny
Francis Ford: John Gaines
Maxine Reiner: Marie Norman
John McGuire: Hal Blake
Shirley Deane: Louise Norman
Paul Stanton: Joe Kinney
J. Carrol Naish: Tom Holt
Boothe Norman: Dan Farrell
Drue Norman: Nellie Farrell
Wade Boteler: Lt. Macy
Shia Jung: Su Toy
John Aasen [sic]: Giant Man
John Dilson: Doctor
Frankly Farnum: Mike (Ticket taker)
Paul McVey: Ringmaster

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Chan Dictionary Entries for The Chinese Cat

We have two entries for the Charlie Chan Dictionary today:

(1) A strenuous dance performed to quick-tempo sling or jazz music and consisting of various two-step patterns embellished with twirls and sometimes acrobatic maneuvers.
(1) One who performs this dance.
(Birmingham Brown: "A jitterbugging skeleton! Now I've seen everything!")

mental or physical torture used to obtain information or a confession from a prisoner.
(Charlie Chan: "You see? Third degree not work.")

The Charlie Chan Calendar - 12/19/48

The Feathered Serpent (with Roland Winters as Charlie Chan, Keye Luke as Lee Chan, and Victor Sen Yung as Tommy Chan) was released on this date in 1948.

This marked the return of Keye Luke as #1 son, Lee, to the series since Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo in 1937 and the end of Victor Sen Yung's association as Jimmy/Tommy Chan.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

The Chinese Cat Bloops?

I only have one blooper for The Chinese Cat:

Webster Deacon is murdered but the newspaper headline mentions "George Deacon!"

So be sure to look quick!

Friday, December 17, 2004

The Charlie Chan Calendar - 12/17/37

Twentieth Century-Fox released Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo on this date in 1937.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Some Healthy Holiday Diet Rules!

I thought that I ought to counter our Cheese Ball recipe with some healthy diet tips to help get everybody into the New Year!

1. Foods that are frozen have no calories because calories are units of heat. Examples are ice cream, frozen pies, and popsicles.
2. Foods that have the same color have the same number of calories. Examples are spinach and pistachio ice cream, mushrooms and white chocolate.
3. Things licked off knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of preparing something. Examples are peanut butter on a knife when making a sandwich, ice cream on a spoon when making a sundae.

Mrs. Chan's Cheese Ball

For those of you who are new to the Charlie Chan Annex, the Mrs. Chan above is also known as my mother, Becky Truesdale. This is her recipe which I took over making for the family every Thanksgiving and Christmas several years ago.

I hope you enjoy it!

Let come to room temperature:
Cream Cheese
Cream Cheese with Chives
(or twice the cream cheese and add chives)
Kraft Smokelle Cheese
(or use Kraft Cheddar Cheese and add Liquid Smoke)
Kraft Garlic Cheese
(or increase the cheddar and add garlic powder)
Blue Cheese
Port Wine Cheese, 1/4 cup
(or use Paul Masson Ruby Port, etc.)
Later add:
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon onion salt
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon mustard
Mash all together with a potato masher.
Roll into a log or a ball. (You can make several smaller ones and put some in the freezer where they'll keep well--at least from Thanksgiving to Christmas!)
You can roll them in parsley, nuts or sprinkle with paprika.
Leave out to come to room temperature before serving.
Happy Holidays from our kitchen to yours!

The Charlie Chan Calendar - 12/16/38

On this date - December 16 - in 1938, Twentieth Century-Fox previewed Charlie Chan in Honolulu at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Chan Chinese Cat Cast in Reruns

The Chan movies have once again pulled several actors from that large pool of vintage character actors!!

CHAN, Luke
Reporter in Charlie Chan in Shanghai
Wu Song in The Chinese Cat

Ship's Radio Operator in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Bus Driver in Castle in the Desert
Hotel Doorman in The Chinese Cat
Joe, Coffee Shop Owner, in The Shanghai Cobra

Chemist Daoud Atrash in Charlie Chan in Egypt
Carl Karzoff/Kurt Karzoff in The Chinese Cat

Bellboy in The Jade Mask
Bellboy in The Chinese Cat

Ship's Captain in Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Thomas P. Manning in The Chinese Cat
Dr. Goves in The Golden Eye

JOLLEY, I. Sanford
(Unconfirmed in) Charlie Chan in The Secret Service
(As Stan Jolley as) Gannet in Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat.
Ralph Brett in The Scarlet Clue

Hotel Desk Clerk in Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat
Willie Rand in The Scarlet Clue
Cosgrove in Shadows Over Chinatown

WARDE, Anthony
Catlen (as Anthony Ward) in The Chinese Cat
Slade in Dark Alibi

Solo Dancer in Charlie Chan at the Opera
Marie Collins In Charlie Chan on Broadway
Leah Manning in Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

The Chinese Cat Cast

This week's movie is Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat, a 1944 film.

This was the only Chan film that Terry Frost was in, as a policeman giving out a parking ticket. The lists him as owning and operating a coffee shop called "Terry Gene's" on Whilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles during World War II. He was draft-exempt, being 4F from a club foot.

Now, on to the other Chinese Cat actors!

Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan

Joan Woodbury: Leah Manning

Mantan Moreland: Birmingham Brown, Taxi Driver

Benson Fong: Tommy Chan

Ian Keith: Dr. Paul Rebnick

Cy Kendall: Webster Deacon

Weldon Heyburn: Detective Lieutenant Harvey Dennis

Anthony Warde (as Anthony Ward): Catlen

John Davidson: Carl Karzoff/Kurt Karzoff

Dewey Robinson: Salos

I. Stanford Jolley (as Stan Jolley): Gannet

Betty Blythe: Mrs. Manning

Jack Norton: Hotel Desk Clerk

Luke Chan: Wu Song

George Chandler: Hotel Doorman (uncredited)

Sam Flint: Thomas P. Manning (uncredited)

Terry Frost: Policeman Giving Parking Ticket (uncredited)

Danny Desmond: Bellboy (uncredited)

The Rio Bonus Answer

The bonus question for Charlie Chan in Rio:

What do Rio and The Scarlet Clue have in common?

They both involve the use of drugged cigarettes.

Monday, December 13, 2004

A Charlie Chan Date in History

Today, December 13, Twentieth Century-Fox released "Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum" in 1940.

Mid-December of that year, Twentieth Century-Fox Began production of "Dead Men Tell."

In the middle of December in 1934, Fox Films completed work on "Charlie Chan in Paris."

In mid-December of 1945, Monogram Productions began making "Dark Alibi."

Sunday, December 12, 2004

The Music of Rio

The Last time I posted the lyrics of the songs in Charlie Chan in Rio, I accessed Rush Glick's website ( for both "They Met in Rio (A Midnight Serenade)" and "I, YI, YI, YI, (I Like You Very Much)."

I have discovered a more complete version of "They Met in Rio" for this time around.

The song was originally written for "That Night In Rio," a 1941 movie, and was sung in English by Alice Faye and Portuguese by Don Ameche. The lyrics were by Mack Gordon and music by Harry Warren.

Listen to a tender story
Of a night of glory
When the moon was low.
Listen to a tender love song
Once upon a midnight
Not so very long ago.
This song of love begins the night they met down in Rio,
In a cafe by the bay the romanced to a midnight serenade;
She told him to forget the night they met down in Rio,
And there were tears in her eyes as they
danced to a moonlight serenade.
He whispered, "You must be mine forevermore,"
And then she showed him someone else's picture
in the tiny little locket she wore.
And so he rode away but left his heart down in Rio,
All that remains of their love are the strains
of a midnight serenade.
Knowing all a heart could capture
In the hour of rapture
There for lovers made;
Growing from a blossom tender
To its fullest splendor
Only just as soon to fade;
This Song of love begins the night they met down in Rio,
In a cafe by the bay they romanced to a midnight serenade;
She told him to forget the night they met down in Rio,
And there were tears in her eyes as they
danced to a midnight serenade.
He whispered, "You must be mine forever,"
And then she showed him someone else's picture
in the tiny little locket she wore.
And so he rode away but left his heart in Rio,
All that remains of their love are the strains of
a midnight serenade.
"I, Yi, Yi, Yi" was also written by Gordon and Warren for "That Night in Rio" and sung by Carmen Miranda:
I, yi, yi, yi, I like you very much,
I, yi, yi, yi, I think you're grand;
Why, why, why is it that when I feel your touch,
My heart starts to beat, to beat the band?
I, yi, yi, yi, I like you to hold me tight,
You are too, too, too, too, too divine;
If you want to be in someone's arms tonight,
Just be sure the arms you're in are mine.
Oh I like your lips
And I like your eyes;
Would you like my hips
To hipsnotize you?
Si, si, si, si, si, si, see the moon above,
Way, way, way, way, way up in the blue;
Si, si, si, senor, I think I fall in love.
And when I fall, I think I fall for you
I, yi, yi, yi,
Si, si, si, si
I, yi, yi, yi
Can see, see, see
That you're for me.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

The Chan Dictionary -- Rio Style!

We have several entries into the Chan Dictionary from Rio. . . . Do you know them all?

GAME: Ready and willing.

HEP (slang variant of "hip"):
1. Keenly aware of or knowledgeable about the latest trend or developments.
2. Very fashionable or stylish.

MICKEY (also Micky Finn) (slang): Chloral hydrate in combination with alcohol; usually administered surreptitiously to make the drinker unconscious.

RUMMY: A card game, played in many variations, in whick the object is to obtain sets of three or more cards of the same rank or suit.

STAG (as used): a person who attends a social gathering unaccompanied by a partner, especially a man who is unaccompanied by a s woman.

THIRD DEGREE: Mental or physical torture used to obtain information or a confession from a prisoner.

Friday, December 10, 2004

The Charlie Chan Books at the Movies--Rio Style

We have a movie based on an original Charlie Chan story by Earl Derr Biggers this week but it wasn't the first one made from one of his stories!

The Black Camel had come out in 1929 and Derr Biggers' story, from title to location shots in Honolulu, came out in 1931, starring Warner Oland.

Ten years later, Sidney Toler starred in the remake of Charlie Chan in Rio.

One difference was that the original book's star, actress Shelah Fane, was doing location work in Hawaii becomes Rio's Lola Dean had been starring in a nightclub revue.

One aspect that was treated differently in each movie was the subject of psychics. The Black Camel had Bela Lugosi playing Tarnevarro in one of the spookiest seances in the Chan movies. It was highly atmospheric with the actors playing against almost film noir lighting while utilizing a well-written script that all came together to form a highly tense and suspenseful scene.

Victor Jory played the psychic, Marana, in Rio. He gave "psychognitions," a high-priced and updated version (in 1941) of Tarnevarro's seance. Marana utilized custom-made cigarettes with a special additive that interacted with coffee to induce a "semi-comatose state," when the client became unable to lie.

One difference between the movies is in the use of side-kicks. Kashimo was a straight-forward case of frustration for Chan in Black Camel, reflecting the more serious tone of the original. Number 2 son," Jimmy, greatly adds to the more playful quality of Rio, especially with his scenes with Iris Wong as the maid, Lili Wong.

An irony of both movies is in the actors. Bela Lugosi had just made Dracula which would launch his career in movies and would see it decline until his death in 1958. (Dwight Frye was also in Dracula with Lugosi but was so typecast in demented roles that his career just seemed to stall in place.)

Robert Young went along in his movie career until the fifties when he hit paydirt on television, first starring in Father Knows Best and then as Marcus Welby, M.D.

A Rio Bonus Question

We have only one bonus question for this week's movie:

What do Charlie Chan in Rio and The Scarlet Clue have in common?

I'll post the answer on Tuesday.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Charlie Chan Movies Practice Recycling!

Yes, the Chan movies practice recycling!

But they re-use actors, not fertilizer, although there are those who might disagree about the Monogram years!

Our CC in Rio group include some all-time favorites (like Kay Linaker and Iris Wong) and a real pip in the person of Cobina Wright, Jr.!

Charlie Chan in Rio was one of two Chan movies that Kay Linaker made with Iris Wong, the other one being Charlie Chan in Reno.

One of Kay's students at Keene College in New Hampshire reports that Ms. Linaker told her students there was quite a bit going on the set behind the lights that make watching the movie that much more fun.

Kay said that Ms. Wong and Victor Sen Yung looked to be such a cute couple that they kept trying to get the two together. Finally, the younger actress confessed that she had already married in secret. Our Kay eventually became Godmother to her child!

Kay also said that sparks flew between scenes between Mary Beth Hughes and Cobina Wright, both in the only Chan movie they ever made.

Hughes had worked her way up in studio parts to earn second billing where Wright felt that she had been THE Debutante of her year and should have gotten higher billing. Makes you wonder if they needed hairdressers on the set in case any "cat fights" occurred!

An ironic note is that where the match-making didn't work between Wong and Yung, Mary Beth Hughes and Ted North (Clarke Denton) married in 1943. They had a child together before divorcing in 1947. She may have been pregnant with that child when making "I Accuse My Parents." ( ) There is at least one scene (where Hughes is resting on a sofa) where she looks like she might be fairly along in a pregnancy.

On to the other actors:

DERR, Richard
Ken Reynolds in Charlie Chan in Rio
Carl Dethridge in Castle in the Desert

BORDEN, Eugene
Hotel Clerk in Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo
Gendarme in City in Darkness
Armando in Charlie Chan in Rio

Captain Kane of the Suva Star in Dead Men Tell
Paul Wagner in Charlie Chan in Rio

Rice, the butler, in Charlie Chan in Rio
Professor Henry Farnsworth in The Feathered Serpent

HUBER, Harold Chief Inspector Nelson of the NYPD in Charlie Chan on Broadway French Police Inspector in Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo Marcel in City in Darkness Chief Suoto in Charlie Chan in Rio

Joan Karnoff in Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo
Mrs. Wayne Russell in Charlie Chan in Reno
"Seance Spirit" in Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
Linda Pendleton in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
Barbara Cardozo

MacFADDEN, Hamillton
[Val Martino] The Director, in The Black Camel
The Night Clerk in Charlie Chan in Reno
Bill Kellogg in Charlie Chan in Rio

Complainant [The "Red Light" Woman] at the Police Station in City of Darkness
Margo, the cook, in Charlie Chan in Rio

WONG, Iris
Number 2 Daughter in Charlie Chan in Honolulu
Choy Wong in Charlie Chan in Rio
Lili Wong in Charlie chan in Rio

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The Chan Calendar for December 8

Sad news for today in Chan history: The Honolulu detective that Earl Derr Biggers drew on to create Charlie Chan, Chang Apana, died on December 8, 1933, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Mr. Chang had been very ill for a month before the December 2nd admittance to the Queen's hospital.

His illness had required amputation of his left leg the day before his death plus transfusions of two fellow policemen of the Honolulu department, Captain En You Kau (patrol division) and Detective Thomas Quinn.

A third policeman, Officer Roger Whitmarsh, had been on hand in case a third transfusion was needed.

Mr. Chang had served longer and had been one of the best known of the city's police. His notoriety had eventually reached the mainland United States where he reached the attention of the noted writer of The Seven Keys to Baldpate, Earl Derr Biggers.

Mr. Chang became a policeman for the city and county when they were incorporated in 1898. He became, and remained, a popular as well as high-profile member beyond his pensioning in May of 1932 because of a serious car accident.

He had been a private-duty watchman until his recent illness.

Other veteran officers spoke highly of his courage and daring in dealing with the early days of opium smuggling stemming from Chinese immigration to the Hawaiian islands.

Mr. Apana had been born at Waipio, Oahu, and was 64 years old. He left behind a widow, Mrs. Annie Lee Kwai Apana; and eight children, Annie, Rose, Margaret, Cecelia and Alexander.

Mr. Apana had been married previously to Mrs. Helen Meheula and they had had two children, Victoria Apana and Samuel Apana.

He had also left behind ten grandchildren and a brother, Chang Kwock.

[From "The Honolulu Star-Bulletin," Saturday, December 9, 1933]

A Fuller Version of Vereda Tropical

We have a fellow Chanite, Sal Basile, for supplying a fuller version of what Kathi Lenesch (Jean Rogers) sings in Manolo's Night Club in Charlie Chan in Panama.

So dig out your copies of Panama for a sing-along, everybody!

Vereda Tropical
Voy por la vereda tropical
La noche plena de quietud
Con su perfume de humedad
Se oye el rumor de una cancion de
amor y de piedad
Con ella ful noche tras noche hasta
el mar
Para besar su boca fresca de amor
Y mejuro quereme mas y mas
Sin olvidar jamas aquellas noche
junto al mar
Hoy solo me queda recordar
Mis ohos mueren de llorar
Y mi alma muere de esperar
Porque se fue
Tu le dejaste en Vereda Tropical
Hasta volve me
Quiero besar suboca otra vez
Junto al Mar
Vereda Tropical"

Chan Actors in Rio!

This week's movie for next Monday's Chat Room is Charlie Chan in Rio!

And we have a cast of very interesting people . . . people who are interesting on and off the silver screen!!

First things first . . . just who are these actors and who do they play?

Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan

Mary Beth Hughes: Joan Reynolds

Cobina Wright, Jr.: Grace Ellis

Kay Linaker: Barbara Cardozo, alias Helen Ashby

Victor Jory: Alfredo Cardozo, alias Alfredo Marana

Harold Huber: Chief Souto

Victor Sen Yung (as Sen Yung): Jimmy Chan

Richard Derr: Ken Reynolds

Jacqueline Dalya: Lola Dean

Ted North: Clarke Denton

Truman Bradley: Paul Wagner

Hamilton MacFadden: Bill Kellogg

Leslie Denison: Rice

Iris Wong: Lili Wong

Eugene Borden: Armando

Ann Codee: Margo

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Panamanian Bonus Answers

Here are the Bonus Question Answers for Charlie Chan in Panama:

1. What do Chance, Broadway, Panama, and Sky Dragon have in common?

Ladies' back stage dressingrooms! Charlie gets into one in Charlie Chan's Chance, Lee sneaks into one in the Hottentot Club in Broadway, Clive Compton (Lionel Atwill) lurks in one in Panama, and Lee and Birmingham get surprised in the Star's Dressing Room in The Sky Dragon!

2. What do Panama and Murder Cruise have in common?

They both have someone get shot but no one wants the credit!

Monday, December 06, 2004

Charlie Chan's Panamanian Music

Charlie Chan in Panama does have music . . . Kathi Lenesch (played by Jean Rogers) sings a song by Gonzalo Curielo.

We are lucky that a fellow Chanite, Rafael Busutil Linares, can give us the title and first three lines and translate them into English for us!

Vereda Tropical
(Tropical Path
by Gonzalo Curiel)
Voy por la vereda tropical.
(I am walking through the
Tropical path.)
La noche de inquietud,
(The night is full of restlessness)
Con su perfume de humedad. . . .
(With a perfume of humidity.)

A Chan Calendar Date for December 6

Today's Chan Calendar Date is devoted to a Monogram movie production: The studio released "The Chinese Ring" on December 6, 1947.

This Chan movie was the first to star Roland Winters as our honorable detective in a remake of Mr. Wong in Chinatown with Boris Karloff, made itself in the late 30's.

So Roland Winters started off with not only potential comparisons of the previous Chans of Warner Oland and Sidney Toler but Boris Karloff as James Lee Wong, as well!

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Calendar Conundrums

Hole-ly Calendar, Charlie!

Yes, we have a hole or two in the Chan Calendar that eventually may be filled . . . she typed, optimistically!

The rest of the time, all we can do is report what has been saved, thanks to such diligent researchers as Rush Glick ( - and, no, I'm not a paid employee of his!!)

Two such holes exist in the December production files for the Charlie Chan movies.

The first one was Charlie Chan's Chance. The closest we can come to when Fox Films completed production is in early December of 1931.

The second proves that some things slipped through ALL the studios, regardless of size and/0r quality because the closest we can come to when Monogram Pictures produced The Sky Dragon was in December of 1948.

A side note: Has everybody emailed to Santa Claus just which Charlie Chan movies you want for Christmas?! Better hurry up and get with it!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Chan Calendar Date for December 4th

We have another Chan Calendar Date for December 4, 1931, today:

Fox Films released "Eran Trace."

It was the Spanish language version of "Charlie Chan Carries On" and starred Manuel Arbo as Charlie Chan.

It's good news and bad news. Many of us would love to get our hot little mittens on the original English version with Warner Oland but many of us can console ourselves with this one!

It does use the same sets and pretty much the same script, plus the addition of a party sequence not in the original. It would have been a shame not to with the presence of the Brazilian tenor, Raul Roulien, who would go on in Hollywood to make "Flying Down To Rio." (He gets to do another type of singing in that movie, the romantic "Orchids in the Moonlight.")

Friday, December 03, 2004

Panamanian Bonus Questions

Once again we are asking bonus questions!

1. What do Chance, Broadway, Panama, and Sky Dragon have in common?

2. What do Panama and Murder Cruise have in common?

Answers will be posted on Tuesday.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Panama Character References

We have several repeat performers . . . in some cases, three-peats!

ATWILL, Lionel
Clive Compton in Charlie Chan in Panama
Dr. Suderman in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise

Captain Lewis in Charlie Chan in Panama
Jed Thomasson in Dead Men Tell

Soldier (unconfirmed) in Charlie Chan in Panama
Edwards in Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum

R.J. Godley in Charlie Chan in Panama
John Adams in The Shanghai Cobra

Curtis Whitman in Charlie Chan in Reno
Richard Cabot in Panama
Ralph Percy in Murder Over New York

Soldier (unconfirmed) inCharlie Chan in Panama
Sergeant McGraw in The Scarlet Clue

Lab Technician in Charlie Chan on Broadway
Police Chemist in Charlie Chan in Reno
Colonel D.C. Webster in Charlie Chan in Panama

STEVENS, Charles
Fisherman/Cameraman in Charlie Chan in Panama
Manuel (thug leader) in The Feathered Serpent

Taxi Driver (Henchman) in Charlie Chan in Shanghai
Joe in Charlie Chan in Charlie Chan at the Race Track

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Acting, Panama-Style!

Charlie Chan goes to Panama and we get to go along with the usual assortment of suspicious characters, played by the usual excellent assortment of actors!

Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan

Victor Sen Yung (as Sen Yung): Jimmy Chan

Jean Rogers: Kathi Lenesch (aka Baroness Kathi von Czardas)

Kane Richmond: Richard Cabot

Jack La Rue: Emil Manolo

Frank Puglia: Achmed Halide

Mary Nash: Miss Jennie Finch

Lionel Royce: Dr. Rudolph Grosser

Lionel Atwill: Cliveden Compton

Chris-Pin Martin: The Lieutenant of Police

Edwin Stanley: Colonel D.C. Webster

Donald Douglas: Captain Lewis

Addison Richards: R.J. Godley

Helen Ericson: The Stewardess

Eddie Acuff: Dance Sailor Suspicious of Kathi

Edward Keane: Army Doctor

Alberto Morin: The Hotel Desk Clerk

Edward Gargan: The Plant Workman

Charles Stevens: Fisherman-Cameraman Spy

Lane Chandler: Powerhouse Search Leader

Allen F. Davis: Soldier (unconfirmed)

Harold Goodwin: Soldier (unconfirmed)

Max Wagner: Soldier (unconfirmed)

Jimmy Aubrey: Extra (drunk fisherman with cigar dangling from mouth at club) (uncredited)

The Charlie Chan Calendar

Charlie Chan's Calendar sometimes isn't very specific. After a lapse of upwards of 80 years, records or memories get lost. We are lucky that Rush Glick has amassed so much information on his website at www.charliechan.infoo and that it includes so much on his calendar.

So we rejoice in what Rush has been able to track down and gratefully thank him. (And thank his wife that she doesn't nag him about all that he spends on the website!)

Thanks to Rush, we know that in:

Early December, 1931-Fox Films completed production on Charlie Chan's Chance.

1, 1939--20th-Twentieth Century-Fox releases "City of Darkness."