Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Sky Dragon Yes-Yes's!

The bonus question?

What did Charlie and Lee Chan have in common with Clivedon Compton (Lionel Atwill in Charlie Chan in Panama)?

They all snuck into Ladies' Dressing Rooms!

Compton/Atwill in Panama and Charlie in Charlie Chan's Chance.

Lee took the cake by doing it twice! Once in Broadway and once in The Sky Dragon!

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Sky Dragon No-Nos!

I know that this week's bonus question is later than I'd planned but better late than never!!

What do Charlie, Lee (twice) and Birmingham do in common--with Lionel Atwill? And that none of them should be doing?!

Wanna hint?

Lionel Atwill's part is as Cliveden Compton.

Friday, August 27, 2004

The Sky Dragon Entries into the Chan Dictionary

Three out of four of our dictionary entries are in honor of one of The Sky Dragon's passengers since Wanda LaFern was a Queen of the Follies! The fourth, "Burlesque," is because I frankly wasn't certain what the difference was between that and a Follies.

BURLESQUE (French): A theatrical enertainment of a broadly humourous, often earthy charade consisting of short turns, comic skits, and sometimes striptease acts.

FOLLIES: A type of theatrical production usually designed to showcase beautiful women and frequently thin plot lines.

SUPERCEDE: (1) To cause to be set aside. (2) To force out of use as inferior.

TERPSECORIAN: Of or relating to dancing.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

They Returned to the Scene of the Crime in The Sky Dragon!

They not only returned to the scene of the crime in The Sky Dragon but other Chan movies as well!

Mr. Cartwright in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Morgan in Dark Alibi
William E. French in The Sky Dragon

Maid in Shadows Over Chinatown
Lena Franklin (Wanda LaFern's Maid) in The Sky Dragon

Police Clerk in Shadows Over Chinatown
Ed Davidson in The Sky Dragon

RYAN, Tim:
[additional dialogue: The Shanghai Chest]
Bartender in Dead Men Tell (uncredited)
Foggy in Dark Alibi
Lt. Mike Ruark in The Shanghai Chest
Lt. Mike Ruark in The Golden Eye
Lt. Mike Ruark in The Sky Dragon

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Frank Cady from The Sky Dragon

Can you place Frank Cady, who played a clerk in The Sky Dragon, in television history?

He went on to play one recurring character, Sam Drucker, in three different sitcoms at the same time:

Beverly Hillbillies--11 times

Green Acres--145 times

Petticoat Junction--152 times, from 1968 to 1969

Amazing,wasn't he?


The Sky Dragon's Actors!

Here is this week's cast list for Sky Dragon, and a very full list of great character actors it is, too!

Roland Winters: Charlie Chan
Keye Luke: Lee Chan
Mantan Moreland: Birmingham Brown
Noel Neill: Jane Marshall
Tim Ryan: Lt. Mike Ruark
Iris Adrian: Wanda LaFern
Elena Verdugo: Connie Jackson, alias Marie Burke
Milburn Stone: Tim Norton
Lyle Talbot: Andy Barrett
Paul Maxey: John Anderson
Joel Marsten: Don Blake
John Eldredge: William E. French
Eddie Parks: Jonathan Tibbets
Louise Franklin: Lena Franklin (maid)
Lyle Latell: Ed Davidson
Steve Pendlton: Ben Edwards, Guard (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Bob Curtis: Watkins (uncredited)
George Eldredge: Stacey (uncredited)
Suzette Harbin: Maid # 2 (uncredited)
Edna Holland: Demanding Old Woman Passenger (uncredited)
Charles Jordan: Stage Manager (uncredited)
Lee Phelps: Detective at Airport Gate (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan: Doctor (uncredited)
Joe Whitehead: Stage Watchman (uncredited)


I have a question about this list that I would like your input on: Should I list aliases and "aka's" if they have been known to give away the bad guy in other stories?

Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Mrs. Chan's Tribute to The Sky Dragon

Mrs. Chan would like to introduce a recipe from Helen Corbitt, who used to manage the restaurants for Neiman-Marcus. Her cookbooks and cooking classes are still fondly remembered, collected and used.

Either recipe for EGGNOG will be perfect for the holiday season ahead. It is also appropriate for Sky Dragon since part of the movie is in a "Follies Review" (or Burlesque House) and therefore adult entertainment!

The second version not only requires less alcoholic beverage but it can be substitued by 1 1/2 TO 2 cups of milk.

EGGNOG (For 30)

24 eggs, separated
2 cups sugar
1 quart bourbon
1 pint brandy
1 quarts heavy cream
2 quarts milk
1 quart vanilla ice cream

Beat the egg yolks and sugar until thick.

Add the bourbon and brandy and stir thoroughly.

The liquor "cooks" the eggs.

Add the cream and milk and continue whipping.

Break up the ice cream and add.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold in.

Refrigerate if possible for 30 minutes before serving.

Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg.

This is a drinkable eggnog, not too thick, but speaks with authority.

From Helen Corbitt's Cookbook, 1957, pages 296-97.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Eggnog (makes 3 Quarts)

1 quart milk

12 eggs

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 to 1 1/2 bourbon*

1 tablespoon ground nutmeg, divided

1 quart whipping cream

Heat milk in a large saucepan over medium heat.

(Do not boil.)

Beat eggs and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer until thick and pale, gradually add sugar, beating well.

Gradually stir and about one-fourth of hot milk into egg mixture; add to remaining hot milk; stirring constantly.

Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, 25 to 30 minutes or until milk mixture thickens and reaches 160 degrees.

Stir in bourbon, vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon nutmet.

Remove from heat, and cool. Cover and chill up to 2 days.

Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into silk mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 teaspoon nutmeg before serving.

*1 1/2 to 2 cups milk may be substituted for bourbon.

Originally called Aunt Kat's Creamy Eggnog in the article by her niece, Jan Moore, in Southern Living, December, 2002.

Answers to Last Wednesday's Bonus Questions

The first question involved which title was NOT a working title for Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise?

Charlie Chan's Cruise Crisis!

What do Charlie Chan Carries On and Murder Cruise have in common?

They're both based on Earl Derr Biggers' original novel, Charlie Chan Carries On.

And the last one, the only one that got asked last night and Mary Ann answered correctly, was what do Honolulu, Murder Cruise and Chinese Ring have in common?

All three involve freighters that carry passengers as well as freight!

Keep checking back for this week's bonus question for next week's movie, The Sky Dragon!

Monday, August 23, 2004

Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise Dictionary

Once again, thank you to Rush Click for letting me borrow from your Charlie Chan Family website!

Turns out that Charlie Chan knows his Chinese history and games! Certainly we can't tell 'em without a program!

So have fun, you all:

The Han Dynasty lasted four hundred years, from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D. The Han dynasty is the East Asian counterpoint and contemporary with Rome in it's golden era. During this dynasty, China officially became a Confucian state, prospered domestically, and extended its domestically cultural influences oer Vietnam, Central Asia, Mongolia, and Korea before finally collapsing under a mixture of domestic and external pressures.

A game of Chinese origin played by four persons with tiles resembling dominoes and bearing various designs which are drawn and discarded until one person wins with a hand of four combinations or three ties each and a pair of matching tiles.

The Shang Dynasty (1766 B.C. to 1022 B.C.) considered by many to be the earliest CHinese dynasty, ruled parts of northern and entral China. Its capital city was located Anyan: millet, wheat, and baley were the primary crops grow. Aside from their acgricultural prowness, the Shang Dynasty was also
advanced in metallurgy. Bronze ships, weapons, and tools were found from that era.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Charlie Chan Carries On and On and On . . .

A big thank you to Mrs. Pendleton for giving me the idea about both of the remakes of Charlie Chan Carries On!!

Both Eran Trece and Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise are, of course, both remakes of one of the "lost" Chan films made from the book of the same name, Charlie Chan Carries On.

One of the differences between Eran Trece and the original Carries On is the talented Brazilian, Raul Roulien, who plays Max Minchin.

Mr. and Mrs. Minchin entertain in the Spanish version but I'd like to pay tribute to Mr. Roulien. He was not only a gifted actor and singer in Eran Trece but he managed to be equally so in English as well!

I'd like to strongly recommend Flying Down to Rio where he played Julio Rubiero against the then-new team of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. While they debuted the Academy Award winning Carioca, Roulien held his own to sing Orchids in the Moonlight to the beautiful Delores del Rio. You just can't get more romantic than this movie.

Viva el senor Roulien!

Orchids in the Moonlight
(Rudy Vallee)
When orchids bloom in the monlight
and lovers vow to be true,
I still can dream in the moonlight
Of one dear night that we knew.
When orchids fade in the dawing,
They speak of tears and "goodbye!"
Tho' my dreams are shattered
Like petals scattered
Still my love can never die.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Murder-Cruising Two Timers

Here are those actors from this weeks films--Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise--that are veterans of two or more Chan movies!

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

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

Louis Santelle in City in Darkness
Professor Gordon (as Leo Carroll) in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise

Doctor in Charlie Chan at the Circus
Police Doctor in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise

TOM, Layne, Jr.:
Charlie Chan, Jr., in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Tommy Chan in Charlie Chan in Honolulu
Willie Chan in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise

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 in Charlie Chan in Rio

LOWERY, Robert:
Wally Burke in Charlie Chan in Reno
Dick Kenyon in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
David Elliot in Murder Over New York

MUDIE, Leonard:
Gerald Pendleton in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
Horace Karlos in The Scarlet Clue

SHAW, C. Montague:
Doctor in Charlie Chan in London
Inspector Duff in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise

VOGAN, Emmett:
Smitty, Wire-photo technician in Charlie Chan at the Opera
Ship's Officer in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Hotel Manager in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise

The Charlie Chan Library

I'm adding a new book to our Charlie Chan Library.

Or should I say book series??!

Because I will be periodically adding the Charlie Chan Series written by Earl Derr Biggers and used as a basis for the movies!

This week is Charlie Chan Carries On, written in 1930.

It was originally made the following year in what would become one of the "lost" Chan movies that Warner Oland did using the same name as the book. Eran Trece was made just a few months later in Spanish for Latin audiencs with Manuel Arbo as Chan and the same sets.

Eventually it was remade in Hollywood in 1940 as Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise with Sidney Toler and brought the script up to date using current world events involving international plane spies.

A great book with top movies made from it!

Friday, August 20, 2004

Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise Cast

Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise is full of character actors that we have come to love, including one Kay Linaker! She's a member of our unofficial club of Two Timers (actors who have been in two or more Chan movies).

Now to the cast of Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise:

Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Victor Sen Yung (as Sen Yung): Jimmy Chan
Robert Lowery: Dick Kenyon
Marjorie Weaver: Paula Drake
Lionel Atwill: Dr. Suderman
Don Beddoe: Frederick Ross (incorrectly billed as James Ross)
Leo G. Carroll (as Leo Carroll): Professor Gordon
Cora Witherspoon: Susie Watson
Leonard Mudie: Gerald Pendleton
Harlan Briggs: Coroner
Charles Middleton: Jeremiah Walters
Claire Du Brey: Sarah Walters
Kay Linaker: Linda Pendleton
James Burke: Wilkie
Richard Keene: Buttons
Layne Tom, Jr.: Willie Chan
C. Montague Shaw: Inspector Duff
Walter Miller: Officer
Harry Strang: Guard
Wade Boteler: Police Chief (uncredited)
Cliff Clark: Lt. Wilson (uncredited)
John Dilson: Police Doctor (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan: Hotel Manager (uncredited)

Thanks this week to Rush Glick and www.imdb.com.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Cruising the Bloopers Away!

This week's Bloopers are also early this week, again in a spirit of fair play, so you can see if you can catch them and/or any others!

If you do, you can spring them on me next Monday night!

Blooper number one involves the beggar. (As a matter of fact . . . this is a good bonus question for whoever gets it!) Watch him carefully . . . is he the villain . . . or just an innocent bystander?

Blooper number two comes courtesy of KenD over at CCMB! ". . . after Inspector Duff is murdered, Charlie, Jimmy and Willie are shown driving back to the hotel. The beggar approaches Charlie . . . notice Charlie is NOT wearing his ring . . . the camera angle changes . . . he is now wearing his ring."

Thanks, KenD!

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise Bonus Questions!

In a spirit of fair play, I have decided to post the bonus questions to CC's Murder Cruise early so everybody can have a chance to find out for themselves what the answers are before next Monday's Chat Room!

Ready? Go for it!

Which was NOT a working title for Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise?

Charlie Chan's Cruise
Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
Charlie Chan's Cruise Crisis
Charlie Chan's Oriental Cruise

What do Honolulu, Murder Cruise and Chinese Ring have in common?

What do Charlie Chan Carries On and Murder Cruise have in common?
(This one may be a Tuffy--to borrow Aunt Ling's delightful dog for a moment!)

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Mrs. Chan's Party Treat Aboard Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise

Mrs. Chan wishes to offer her cheese ball for the party on the final night aboard Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise!

It can be served the same day it's made or frozen for later. It can be made into what ever shape or size you want, wrapped in parsley, nuts, paprika or in its altogether!

You pick what you and your family and friends would like to go with it, so . . . enjoy!

Cheese Ball
Put in a bowl to come to room temperature:
Cream Cheese
Cream Cheese with chives (or extra cream cheese and add chives)
Kraft Smokelle Cheese (or Kraft Cheddar Cheese and add Liquid Smoke)
Kraft Garlic Cheese (or add more Cheddar and add garlic powder)
Blue Cheese
Port Wine Cheese, 1/4 cup
(or use Paul Masson Ruby Port, for example)
Later add:
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon onion salt
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sause
1 tablespoon mustard
Combine with a potato masher.
Roll into the shape and size of your choice (one large or several smaller ones).
Roll in parsley, nuts, etc., or sprinkle with paprika.
Freeze or serve at room temperature.

Answers for the Olympic-Style Bonus Questions

Do you have the answers already?

Then you know that what Olympics and Opera have in common is . . . Lee is a pickpocket!

In Opera, Lee picks pockets on behalf of his father. "Pop" needs fingerprints to compare with those he found on the florist's card left behind in Mme. Borelli's dressing room so Lee goes on a filching spree lifting several cigarette cases!

Lee "liberates" a telegram from Arthur Hughes' pocket after Hughes had "borrowed" it from Yvonne Roland's book.

What Olympics, Monte Carlo and City in Darkness have in common is a set: it's used for the spies' headquarters in Olympics, climax in Monte Carlo, and the murder room in City in Darkness!

Monday, August 16, 2004

Olympic-Style Bonus Questions

Okay, Olympics level questions!

Think you can answer them?!

Okay, here goes:

What does Charlie Chan at the Olympics have in common with Charlie Chan at the Opera?

What do Olympics, Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo and City in Darkness have in Common?

I'll give you 24 hours and a chance to watch CC at the Olympics tonight to find the answers at Rush Glick's Chat Room at www.charliechan.info !

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Charlie Chan at the Olympics Dictionary

This week's entries into the Charlie Chan Dictionary are limited but go from the terrestrial to the extraterrestrial:

FILIBUSTER (From the Spanish FILIBUSTO): An adventurer who engages in a private military action in a foreign country.

ZEPPELINS: The trademarked name for a rigid airship developed early in the 20th century by Ferdinand August Heinrich GRAF von Zeppelin. (www.worldwarI.com/sfzepp.htm)

Saturday, August 14, 2004

What Is a Blooper?

What is a blooper?
Can it sometimes be bad planning, no thought behind a decision?
What would you call using clearly English-accented actors who are supposed to be German police working in Berlin during the 1936 Olympics, as heard in the Charlie Chan movie set there?
Is it Yvonne Roland slipping off a ship and leaving her entire wardrobe (including the infamous white fox fur) to turn up in Berlin with apparently an whole new wardrobe (complete with new furs)? And just who is footing her expensive taste in things?
Or does Betty Adams rate the flake of the week award for demanding that Dick Masters clear himself of any wrong-doing which makes him a prime target for arrest by the police?

September Movies At Rush Glick's Chat Room!

Rush Glick has set the movies for his
Monday Night Chat Room for September!
He's picked some excellent
ones for us - again!
September 6 - The Black Camel
September 13 - CC in Honolulu
September 20 - The Scarlet Clue
September 27 - CC at Treasure Island
Rush knows how to pick goodies
but that last one is a great way
to lead into the spooky
Halloween month of October!!
If you need more information,
his website is

Are All Airships Equal?

First . . . are airships, balloons, blimps, dirigibles and zeppelins all words for the same thing?


Originally, there were two types of lighter-than-air ships: Airships (that are powered, can be controlled horizontally by a pilot, and have a rigid internal framework) and balloons (that aren't, can't be, and don't).

"Dirigible" is like many of the aviation terms that the French gave us (like "aviation" itself, aileron, hangar, etc.) and translates into "steerable" (horizonally and could cover everything from tricycles to nuclear submarines).

"Blimp" is a generic term for airships like the Zeppelin used in Charlie Chan at the Olympics and are the only such airships in use today.

Zeppelins are a trademarked type of rigid airship that were perfected by Ferdinand Adolf August Heinrich Graf von Zepplin early in the twentieth century and the name that became predominant in the field. (There were another firm of rigid airships used during World War I made by Luftschiff Schutte-Lanz G.m.b.H., using laminated plywood framework instead of the Zeppelins' alumium alloy.)

One of these Zeppelins is what carried our hero, Charlie Chan, from the U.S. to Europe.

A blooper note of sorts to watch for in Charlie Chan at the Olympics: All the swastika on the Zeppelin in the movie were covered up, frame by frame, and ended up looking like a wiggly fat worm on amphetimines!


Friday, August 13, 2004

The Man Who Never Was in Charlie Chan at the Olympics

A quick but thorough glance over the list of actors for Olympics can still surprise us. . . . Did you know that John Carradine, delicious actor in his own right and father to David and Keith Carradine, was in Olympics?

Yes, he was . . . and no, he wasn't.

His scenes were deleted and we'll never know just what part this great actor would have played in Charlie Chan at the Olympics!

Another surprise in Olympics is Katherine DeMille. In her private life, she was the daughter of the famed director, Cecil B. DeMille, by adoption when she was nine years old.

Katherine Demille later married actor Anthony Quinn (from 1938 to 1963) and they tragically lost a son to drowning reputedly in W.C. Fields' swimming pool.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

The Hall of Fame of Character Actors for Charlie Chan at the Olympics

Here are the actors in Charlie Chan at the Olympics, appearing in two or more Chan movies. Good going, guys!

Backstage Cop (Shoots Gravelle) in Charlie Chan at the Opera
New York Policeman in Charlie Chan Chan at the Olympics
Line-Up Officer in Charlie Chan in Reno
Bailiff in Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum
Fingerprint Expert in Murder Over New York

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

Mr. Carwright in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Morgan in Dark Alibi
William E. French in The Sky Dragon

GORDON, C. Henry
John Ross in Charlie Chan Carries On
Van Horn in The Black Camel
Arthur Hughes in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Prefect of Paris J. Romaine in City in Darkness
Dr. Cream in Charlie Chan in the Wax Museum

HALE, Jonathan
Warren T. Phelps in Charlie Chan's Secret
Warren Fenton in Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Mr. Hopkins in Charlie Chan at the Olympics

Mr. Lansing in Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Hudson, Wire-photo techncian in Charlie Chan at the Opera
Navy Comander in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Ship's Doctor in Dangerous Money

Plainclothes Policeman in White Suit in Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Uniformed Officer in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Police Officer Molokai in Charlie Chan in Honolulu
Policeman in Charlie Chan in Reno

MOORE, Pauline
Betty Adams in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Mary Whitman in Charlie Chan in Reno
Eve Cairo in Charlie Chan in Treasure Island

TOM, Layne (Jr.)
Charlie Chan, Jr. in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Tommy Chan in Charlie Chan in Honolulu
Willie Chan in CHarlie Chan's Murder Cruise

URECAL, Minerva
Gang member posing as Olympics Matron in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Mrs. Foss (replaced by Edna Holland) in Dark Alibi
Mrs. Weebles, the Housekeeper, in The Trap

VOGAN, Emmett
Smitty, Wire-photo Technician in Charlie Chan at the Opera
Ship's Officer in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Hotel Manager in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise

WAYNE, Billy
Smithers in Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Ship's Steward Guarding Stateroom in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Reporter in Charlie Chan on Broadway

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The Cast of Charlie Chan at the Olympics

This is our entry for this week's movie, Charlie Chan at the Olympics, with many of our favorite character actors and some extras who were interesting on their own!

Warner Oland: Charlie Chan
Katherine DeMille: Yvonne Roland
Pauline Moore: Betty Adams
Allan Lane: Richard Masters
Keye Luke: Lee Chan
C. Henry Gordon: Arthur Hughes
John Eldredge: Mr. Cartwright
Layne Tom, Jr.: Charlie Chan, Jr.
Jonathan Hale: Mr. Hopkins
Morgan Wallace: Honorable Charles Zaraka
Frederick Vogeding
(As Frederik Vogeding): Inspector Strasser
Andrew Tombes: Chief of Homicide E.R. Scott
Arno Frey: Carlos, Zaraka's Henchman
David Horsley: Test Pilot Edwards
Howard C. Hickman (as Howard Hickman): Police Doctor
John Carradine (scenes deleted)
Brooks Benedict: Thug (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone: New York Policeman
Walter Bonn: Polizei Officer (uncredited)
Don Brode: Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Glen Cavender: Polizei Officer (uncredited)
George Chandler: Ship's Radio Operator (uncredited)
Hans Fuerberg: Polizei Radio-car Officer (uncredited)
Teresa Harris: Black US Team Member On Sidleines
Rooting for Jesse Owens (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian: Miller, test plane hijacker (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson: Navy Commander (uncredited)
Edward Keane: Army Colonel (uncredited)
Al Kikume: Uniformed officer microphone/desk in police staion (uncredited)
Tommy Klein: (uncredited)
Philip Morris: Cop (uncredited)
Virgil B. Nover: (uncredited)
Jesse Ownens: Himself (in stock footage) (uncredited)
Paul Panzer: German Undercover Officer Posing as a Snack Vendor (uncredited)
John Peters: Polizei Radio-car Officer (uncredited)
Caroline Rankin: Miller's Landlady (uncredited)
Perry E. Seeley: (uncredited)
Lee Shumway: Cop (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal: Gang Member Posing as Olympics Matron (uncredited)
Dale Van Sicke: (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan: Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken: Polizei Officer (uncredited)
Billy Wayne: Ship's Steward Guarding Stateroom (uncredited)

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Mrs. Chan's Chicken and Rice Casserole for Charlie Chan at the Olympics

Mrs. Chan* wanted to share one of her mother's recipe this week in honor of both Charlie Chan at the Olympics and the actual sports event being held in Athens, Greece.

Some of you may already have this casserole, or one at least similar. Perhaps you would enjoy seeing any differences compared to your own version.

It can be made ahead of time to be reheated and allow your family more time together.

You can buy the chicken cooked (like Boston Market) or at the grocery store (a nice loaf of French or Italian bread to go with it?!). You have a choice of meats to use as you and your family are in the mood for.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Cook rice in chicken broth (water and chicken boullion cube, canned chicken broth or water left over from blanching the chicken if you cook it at home to be used in cooking as much rice as needed).

At the same time, chop and saute a green pepper, celery, and onion in a skillet.

Put into a casserole and add:
The Rice
Cut-up chicken (or turkey, sausage, or pork--which can be made with Chinese vegetables).
Campbell Soup (cream of mushroom, golden mushroom, or cream of celery)
Water as needed

Put in a 350 degree F. oven for 10 - 15 minutes (20 - 30 minutes for a large casserole).

*Mrs. Chan is also known as my Mother, Becky Truesdale.

Monday, August 09, 2004

The Shanghai Cobra Bloopers and Bonus Questions

Today, we have a "2-fer!"

We have two bloopers and a bonus question!

The first blooper is famous--or infamous!--in Chandom: The scene at the beginning of the movie when Charlie Chan is leaving the Federal Building in Washington, D.C. He passes a flagpole that's flying the California State Flag instead of the Stars and Stripes.

And if that's not enough, the area around the Federal Building is almost empty of people, including the street where there is one stray taxi to do Charlie's biding! This was to be Wartime Washington when it should have been busy, busy busy.

This leads to our Bonus Question: What does The Shanghai Cobra have in common with Dark Alibi?

Our second blooper involves a past case that Charlie talks about in The Shanghai Cobra eight years before in Shanghai. Charlie had been involved in the apprehension of Jan Van Horn in there. The screwy part was that once Van Horn was in the police boat with the police, they were all standing instead around instead of sitting. It made getting off easier for Van Horn by his throwing the cops off balance and then escaping by jumping into the river.

(Next time, sit him down and handcuff him to the railing!)

Now for the bonus question answer: Dark Alibi and The Shanghai Cobra: Both had a scene early in each film involing the safety deposit vault of some bank.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

The Chan Dictionary for The Shanghai Cobra

This week's entries are:

ANGLE (as used): A devious method, a scheme.

PEACHERINO (slang): A particularly attractive girl; a real "peacherino."

RAILROADED: To convict (an accused person) without a fair trial or on trumped up charges.

RADIUM: An intensely radioactive brilliant white metallic element that resembles barium chemically, occurs in combination in minute quantities in minerals (as pitchblend or carnotite), emits alpha particles and gamma rays to form radon, and is used chiefly in luminous materials and in the treatment of cancer.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Back Stage with Shanghai Cobra's Jack Richardson

An interesting side light pops up in the cast credits to The Shanghai Cobra.

Jack Richardson, (1883 - 1957), plays the letter carrier who give Charlie the much needed information on the game of disappearing store fronts.

He also has the distiction of being married to Mabel Richardson. His third wife "had uncredited roles as an extra in many films of the silent era, [and] is believed to be the longest-lived Hollywood actor, having died in 2001 at the age of 110." (www.imdb.com)

Mabel Richardson must have taken her vitamins daily!

Charlie Chan . . . CAT BURGLAR?!

Charlie Chan is a detective sworn to uphold the law. But . . . does he always follow the letter of the law?!

In glaring example, Charlie just "happens" to find the door to the J.R. Jarvis offices unlocked and "accidently" just strolls in.

Why is he there? Is our famed detective even in the right place? Is he in his right mind for breaking the law and committing burlary?!

Stay tuned to this same Chan channel on Monday night in our chat room to find out if Charlie Chan is still our old friend or is he turning into the Chinese Moriarty of American Crime?!

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Two-Timers in The Shanghai Cobra

No, no, not THAT kind of two-timers!!

These are actors who appeared in two or more of the Chan movies and helped to make these such memorable movies by their presence:

[He of the Beef Stew!]
Ship's Radio Operator in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Bus Driver in Castle in the Desert
Hotel Boorman in The Chinese Cat
Joe, Coffee Shop Owner in the Shanghai Cobra

Detective at headquarters in Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Policeman in Charlie Chan on Broadway
H.R. Jarvis in The Shanghai Cobra

LOFT, Arthur
Peabody in Charlie Chan in Honolulu
Inspector Jones in Charlie Chan in The Secret Service
Bradford Harris in The Shanghai Cobra

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

STUTTENROTH, Gene (aka Roth, Gene)
Luis Philipe Vega in Charlie Chan in the Secret Service
Morgan in The Shanghai Cobra

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Mother Chan's Beef Stew for Watching The Shanghai Cobra!

Mother Chan, in this case, is actually Becky Truesdale, a lady with a deep and long love of the Orient, including Chinese detetives who live in Hawaii and have even more children then she does!!

She has allowed me to use her recipe today since it would be so approriate for our next Monday Night at the Movies--The Shanghai Cobra! And even better when the weather gets cold and rainy!

(I'm already planning a raid on her cookbook to get her cornbread recipe "sprung" soon to go with the stew. . . . She just doesn't know it yet!!)

Mother's Beef Stew

Salt, flour and brown two to three cups of chopped up meat* in a dutch-oven.

Cook one large, white, cut-up onion plus four stalks of celery that have been cut into one inch pieces and cooked until carmelized over low heat for about 30 minutes in a skillet.

Then add to the dutch-oven:
2 Large Potatoes, diced
Carrots, sliced
Lima Beans
Tomatoes (big can, breaking up into chunks)
Garlic, chopped, minced, or dried (dried garlic should be put in the beer first)
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Bay Leaf or two

*Add beer or Port wine (optional), using the wine when you use left-over prime rib roast. If you use beer, open the can and let it stand on the counter. If you get thirsty . . . remember water is healthier for you anyway!

Let cook until a fork slides easily in and out.

Becky G. Truesdale

(Mother hasn't been able to join in with the rest of us as she'd like so she's letting this be a contribution from her for all the kind thoughts and fun our fellow Chanites have sent her way. It's a tasty contribution to the usual things on our beverage cart she gave us several months ago for Rush's Chat Room, don't you think?!
Now . . . to figure out how to liberate the cornbread . . . hmm.)

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

The Chan Cast of Characters for The Shanghai Cobra

You can't tell your culprits without a program!

Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland: Birmingham Brown
Benson Fong: Tommy Chan
James Cardwell: Ned Stewart
Joan Barclay: Paula Webb [alias Pauline Webster and Paula Van Horn]
Addison Richards: John Adams [alias Jan Van Horn]
Arthur Loft: Bradford Harris [alias Special Agent Hume]
Janet Warren: Record Machine Operator
Gene Stutenroth [aka Roth]: Morgan
Joe Devlin: Taylor
James Flavin: H. R. Jarvis
Roy Gordon: Walter Fletcher
Walter Fenner: Police Inspector Harry Davis
George Chandler: Joe, Coffee Shop Owner
Cyril Delevant: Detective Lakin
John Goldsworthy: Inpsector Mainwaring
Stephen Gregory: Samuel Black
Bob Blair: Corning
Bille Ruhl: Gregory
Karen Knight: Switchboard Supervisor
Mary Moore: Rita, Laundry Clerlk
Paul (Tiny) Newlan: Big Bank Guard
Karon Knight: Telephone Switchboard Supervisor
Diane Quillan: Telephone Operator
Jack Richardson: Letter Carrier

(Courtesy of www.imdb.com and www.charliechan.net: Thanks you all!)

Sunday, August 01, 2004

An American Movie Classics Introduction

Bob Dorian's Introduction:
"[Boris Karloff was seeing about a movie] called 'Juggernaut' in England when he received a transatlantic telephone call. It was 20th Century-Fox and they wanted Boris Karloff for the newest Charlie Chan movie.

"Now who better to play a patient in a mental hospital, suspected of murder, than Boris Karloff?!

"The ads proclaimed it was a battle of wits--Chan versus Karloff--in the most exciting Chan ever made. For once the ads didn't exaggerate because of Karloff's classic performance.

"Now as you may know, the inscrutable Oriental detective was never played by an actor of Chinese heritage, unfortunately. As a matter of fact, Warner Oland was born in Sweden, which was as far as you could possibly get.

"In each Charlie Chan picture, the leading charactor was sent to an exotic foreign capital or he was placed in a very special world likethe circus or the race track.

"This entry in the Chan series see the detective at the Opera. Oscar Levant and Wiliam Kernell actually wrote an opera called 'Carnival,' specifically for this movie.

"And one unusual note before we get into the movie:

"For some reason it was banned in Germany by special order of the Reich censor. Now, remember this was in May of 1936, three years before World War II was to begin.

"What did the German govenment find objectionable about a Charlie Chan movie?

"I don't know.

"Maybe you can figure it out along with Warner Oland and me in 'Charlie Chan at the Opera'. . . .

"Keye Luke, Charlie Chan's # 1 son, he was originally an artist and designed movie posters and things like that before turning to action as a second career. And what an amazing career Keye Luke had.

"In addition to gaining world~wide fame in the Chan series, he was one of Hollywood's biggest character actors.

"He had continuing roles in the Dr. Kildare series (remember those?!), and he played the Green Hornet's assisstant, Kato, in two series during the 40'.

"And he appeared as guest in more television series then probably I would have time to mention.

"His credits included 'Fireside Chats,' 'Star Trek,' 'Charlie's Angels,' as well as his memorable role as Master Po in the series, 'Kung Fu.'

"That was a great series, too.

"He wasn't always regulated to playing Chan's # 1 son.

"He finally got to play to Chan himself and that was on a Saturday morning cartoon called 'The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan. . . .'"

[May 24, 1993]