Sunday, February 20, 2005

Olympic Actors Can Tell Stories

All of our Chan movies have actors that appear in two or more of the Chans. Sometimes a person will make an impression in the one Chan film that he/she is in.

This Monday's chat room movie has both.

Charlie Chan at the Olympics has a distinction in the treatment of Blacks. Jesse Owens was a sterling example of what the United States can do in athletics and showed the world that Hitler's striving for racial purity was so much . . . piffle, for lack of an acceptably polite word!


Teresa Harris, on the other hand, was the only Black actress, of several, to appear in a Chan movie as anything other than a maid.

There were other actors who did appear in various Chans that we always appreciated time and again plus where else you've seen them:

BLYSTONE, Stanley
Backstage Cop (shoots Gravelle) in Charlie Chan at the Opera
New York Policeman in Charlie 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

BRODIE, Don
Radio Announcer in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Reporter in Charlie Chan on Broadway

CHANDLER, George
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

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

HENDREAN, Oscar "Dutch"
Miller, Test Plane Hijacker in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Saloon Dance Extra in Dead Men Tell

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

KIKUME, Al
Plainclothes Policeman in White Suit in Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Uniformed Policeman at Microphone/desk in Police Station in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Police Officer Molokai in Charlie Chan in Honolulu
Police Officer 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

SHUMWAY, Lee
Sanatorium Guard in Charlie Chan at the Opera
Cop in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Cop in Charlie Chan on Broadway

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

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
Prosecuting Attorney in Charlie Chan in the Wax Museum
Mr. Hamilton in The Scarlet Clue
Henri Castanara in The Docks of New Orleans
Doctor in The Sky Dragon

VOGEDING, Frederick
Ivan (as Frederick Vogeding) in Charlie Chan in Shanghai
Inspector Strasser (as Frederick Vogeding) in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Captain (as Frederik Vogeding) in City in Darkness

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

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