Saturday, March 05, 2005

Operatic Odds and Ends

Here are some odds and ends to think about when we're watching Charlie Chan at the Opera for our Monday Night Chat Room, www.charliechan.info at 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. EST--Thanks as always to our host, Rush Glick!

Gravelle (Boris Karloff) was in a Chicago opera house fire on September 15, 1923. He was committed to the insane asylum in 1929 that had to be in the Los Angeles, CA, for the purposes of the movie. [If I'm wrong, please let me know!]

This raises some questions:

Where was he in the intervening years?

If Lilly Rochelle returned to the Los Angeles area after a seven year absence, was she there about the time her then-husband was admitted into the hospital?

If Enrico and Anita Barelli knew Gravelle and Rochelle were married at the time of the fire, wouldn't others in the operatic world have known (and possibly known they had a little girl)? And if others knew, why didn't Rochelle's second husband, Mr. Whitely?

Why don't we ever hear what Mlle. Kitty's last name was? Had her parents been in fact legally married?!

Why did Phil Childers tell Chan that he and Kitty were in the police station about the time that Rochelle and Barelli were there? If they weren't there, where HAD the young couple been?

If Mr. Arnold was the property master, why would Charlie say that Arnold was "auditioning" a new baritone? Wasn't that the director's job? Where WAS the director?

How did Lilli Rochelle keep her braids looking so good?*

*Our Mrs. Chan (aka Becky Truesdale, my mother, says that the braids were probably carefully tacked together by hand using needle and thread.

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