Thursday, September 29, 2005

Charlie Chan at the Circus is our next Monday Night Chat Room Movie at (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], we start our tapes/DVD'S at 8:30)
They were allowed to shoot at the Al G. Barnes Circus' winter quarters.
The Al G. Barnes Circus Train was one of the largest independent shows. Having only 17 cars in 1911, combined with Sells-Floto Circus in 1935, becoming one of the premier trains in the west. Winter quartered in California, it exhibited along the west coast, and through the mountain states and the Great Plains. As with many circuses during the Great Depression, Al. G. Barnes folded in 1938.
(I've heard of putting your money where
your mouth is but this is ridiculous!!)
It is noted for being one of the few circuses having hippos on display.
. . . [T]he 1937 Al G. Barnes show consist[ed] of 8 coaches, r stock cars, 4 elephants, 1 advertising car, 18 flat cars loaded with 67 wagons and 3 Mack Trucks.
Note the raised roof on the elephant car. The roof had to be modified to accommodate the rather large elephants carried on this show.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Charlie Chan at the Circus is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (EDT) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30!
(This still of Olive Brasno as Lady Tiny
is courtesy of
We have an interesting cast this week from George and Olive Brasno, a brother-and-sister act, to Francis Ford, brother of director John Ford:
Warner Oland: Charlie Chan
Keye Luke: Lee Chan
George Brasno: Tim
Olive Brasno: Tiny
Francis Ford: John Gaines
Maxine Reiner: Marie Norman
John McGuierre: Hal Blake
Shirley Deane: Louise Norman
Paul Stanton: Joe Kinney
J. Carol Naish: Tom Holt
Boothe Howard: Dan Farrell
Drue Leyton: Nellie Ferrell
Wade Boteler: Lt. Macey
Shia Jung: Su Toy
John Aasen [sic]: Giant Man
John Dilson: Doctor
Franklyn Farnum: Mike (the ticket-taker)
Paul McVey: Ringmaster
Annie Mar: Mrs. Charlie Chan
Florence Ung: # 1 Chan Daughter
Richard Ung: # 2 Chan Son
Francis Hoo: # 2 Chan Daughter
Mae Jean Wong: # 3 Chan Daughter
Gene Hoo: # 3 Chan Son
Stanton Hui: # 4 Chan Son
Helen Quon: # 4 Chan Daughter
Faye Hee: # 5 Chan Daughter
Hippie Hoo: # 5 Chan Son
Eunice Soo Hoo: Infant Chan Daughter
(This still of Annie Mar as Mrs. Charlie Chan is

Monday, September 26, 2005

It's a good thing to be able to speak a foreign language as Lee tries out his French in this still from Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo, courtesy of Rush Glick's*
Of course, you should be sure to actually STUDY it and not go trailing off after Pop on a new case or guess what can happen?!
(This still was contributed to Rush's site by Gene Lue and has the director, Eugene Forde, in the center (back to us) and Don Clark on the right at the camera.
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A great site worth checking out!
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*That's where we'll meet tonight at 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (EDT), we'll start our tapes/DVD's of CC in Monte Carlo at 8:30.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

New images from Monaco for Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, from 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (EDT) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
First a couple of maps plus where Charlie and Lee Chan could have gambled and/or stayed while in Monte Carlo:

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Chan Fan Evan, from Nevada, wants to know what Charlie Chan is doing in Monte Carlo* since Charlie Chan didn't gamble (except for one time at the Race Track but that was a special occasion) because you have to be tight with your money with the 14 Chan kids to raise!
(Courtesy of
Plus~a bonus question:
What do Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo have in common
with Charlie Chan in London?
Both the bartender, Al Rogers, in Monte Carlo and Lake, the groom in London, were both found dead in their rooms, both seemingly by suicide.
But Charlie Chan knew better, didn't he?!
(This still from CC in London is courtesy of
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*Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (EDT) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.

Friday, September 23, 2005

We only have two bloopers from Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30):
The murderer is involved in what we might call a technical blooper. He runs into the road at the end of the movie. He turns around and sees a truck about to hit him. There's a glitch in the film just before it does like they spliced two pieces of film together there.
Harold Huber informs Charlie Chan at the beginning of the movie that he, Huber, will be paying our Chinese friend's hotel bill. Huber says "Please!" in perfect English as he takes the bill in hand. No French accent! (You may have to turn up the volume.) [Courtesy of Norm Vogel]

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo* has a great cast including Virginia Field as a former mannequin (what we would now call a model), Kay Linaker, Sidney Blackmer and Harold Huber.
Harold Huber has a very special place as a Chan actor. He and Keye Luke were the only two to cross over to another series.
Mr. Moto's Gamble had started out as a Chan vehicle for Warner Oland, who walked off the set. Twentieth Century-Fox scrambled after Oland's death and decided to salvage what footage they could as a Moto movie.
This still from 1938's Mr. Moto's Gamble (courtesy of show Huber as Lieutenant Riggs with Keye Luke as Lee Chan and Peter Lorre as Moto.
Funny that I never noticed how hairy Harold Huber's hands looked before!
On to the rest of the cast!
Warner Oland: Charlie Chan
Keye Luke: Lee Chan
Virginia Field: Evelyn Gray
Sidney Blackmer: Victor Karnoff
Harold Huber: French Police Inspector
Kay Linaker: Joan Karnoff
Robert Kent: Gordon Chase
Edward Raquello: Paul Savarin
George Lynn: Al Rogers
Louis Mercier: Taxi Driver
George Davis: Pepito
John Bleifer: Ludwig
George Renavent: Renault
George Sorel: Gendarme
Eugene Borden: Hotel Clerk
Andre Cheron: Croupier
Marcelle Corday: Concierge
Gennaro Curci: Waiter
Jean De Briac: Gendarme
Victor De Linsky: Gendarme
Art Dupuis: Bit Role
Antonio Filauri: Waiter
Constant Franke: Croupier
Robert Graves: Gendarme
Sherry Hall: Bartender
Alponse Martell: Gendarme
Manuel Paris: Doorman
Jean Perry: Gendarme
John Picorri: Waiter
Albert Pollet: Attache
Joseph Romantini: Attache
Leo White: French Butler
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*Our Monday Night Chat Room Movie, at, from 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (EDT), we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Trillo and Suede in Boxford Park

I have fallen in love with a new movie detective team that takes us back to when the Charlie Chan movies were in their heyday!
We're talking about a movie that Monogram WISHES they could have made in England at the end of Roland Winters' run as our Chinese detective in 1949!
(Courtesy of
We're talking about Jonathan Geffner's "Boxford Park" that he stars in with his good friend, Suede, as "Trillo and Suede."
(Courtesy of
(Maybe it's the other way around.
It depends on who gets to you first!)
(Courtesy of
I'll let you read about the plot line yourself at
(Courtesy of
I've also fallen in love with some of the stills from the movie. . . . How can you not with a better-looking team with more talent than Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy?!
(Courtesy of
(Courtesy of
How did my picture get in--oops, sorry, that's Aunt Sarah!
(Courtesy of
And these folks are for the dummy-challenged among us!
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You can down load "Boxford Park"--free!--at
For a promotional video about the whole project (plus outtakes, parents might want to check it first), you can download free at
Jonathan is trying to get "word-of-mouse" out about "Boxford Park" plus raise much needed capital to turn it into a full-length feature plus at least 12 episodes of our heroes.
Anybody who would be interested can contact Jonathan at:
Geffner Productions, Inc.

For Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30):
For those of us who prefer Keye Luke and his character of Lee Chan . . . I now have proof of how hot he is!
Plus proof that some people just can't wait for Halloween, as Lee finds out in this still where some of the locals are at least trying out their costumes!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo is our next Monday Night Chat Room Movie at (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30).
One of the stars of our movie is Kay Linaker who plays Joan Karnoff, one of several of her roles in Chan films.
So, Kay, this is for you!
This still is courtesy of where you can link to a multi-part interview with the name she has gone by for some time now, Kate Phillips.
The picture is from her first film, The Murder of Dr. Harrigan. One of the ironies (and unforuntately at that) is that Mignon Eberhart wrote the original novel, From What Dark Stairway, with Linaker's Sally Keating as the detective. Kay "was robbed" when the powers that be decided to make Ricardo Cortez's character (Doctor George Lambert) the detective.
Not to mention that Chad Bennett (one of Kay's former students) reports that Linaker had Mary Astor on the set as an ally to run herd on Cortez. He had a tendency to do things like upstaging his coworkers when he could get away with it!
(Courtesy of
Kay Linaker did make a few Chan movies along the way to changing her name to Kate Phillips and writing
(Also courtesy of
The Blob!
Kay eventually settled in Keene, New Hampshire, where she began teaching.
You can check out Keene State College at
Kay Linaker, we salute you for what continues to be a great career!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Boo-time Again?

I wish you had been with me when I posted over at Rush Glick's message board at!
I posted all the movies that we will watch next month, October, in his chat room!! Rush has all these neat smilies but I had such a kick clicking the Halloween-y ones!!!
Please remember that we will have our annual Virtual Halloween Party on October 31st this year and everyone is encouraged to come and sigh in (or sign in!) as a Chan Character. (This isn't a necessity, however! We won't send the Ghost Squad after you if you don't!)
I'll be posting the character list again of who has taken which character for those who still have their selections to make.
Also who is bringing what so you all put your thinking caps on while checking out our October Movies!
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October 3: Charlie Chan at the Circus
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October 10: Charlie Chan in The Scarlet Clue
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October 17: Charlie Chan at the Opera
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October 24: Charlie Chan's Secret
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October 31: Dead Men Tell
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I wish I had a picture to go with this!
Shirley Temple Black wrote her superb autobiography, "Child Star," in 1988 (McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, New York) and included this description of Orson Welles on pages 283 - 284:
. . . Formal in his double-breasted suit coat and pleated trousers, he looked faintly Chinese with his oval face, jowls, scraggly beard, and crescent of drooping mustache. Only his voice was distinguished, deep and reverberating, each tone treasured.
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I suggest you check it out in your library, only partly to see the photograph of Shirley Temple playing croquet with Orson Welles!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Charlie Chan and son come across a bottle of red ink in The Red Dragon.* It's a possible clue to their mystery.
A bottle of ink may very well be what the suspect uses but my mother was taught to usually use in Chinese calligraphy and painting was ink sticks.
This gentleman is holding a Chinese brush about the same way you hold an ink stick like the ones below.
You'll find a grinding stone in the center of this set with a smaller bowl for water. You use the spoon in it to transfer only the amount of water you need at the moment to the larger container to grind the stick to the desired thickness of ink.
Believe me, it's a lot easier to do than describe. Of course, mastering the actual art of Chinese calligraphy or painting is something else!
Maybe I should have the actual calligraphy lesson some other time!
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What, no Chan picture? No way!
Don't you love it?!
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*The Red Dragon is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, from 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (EDT). We start our movies at 8:30.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Let's Rumba!
Yes, Charlie Chan does a mean Rumba in The Red Dragon, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at Rush Glick's (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30).
"At the Capitol Night Club, cutting in on son Tommy, Charlie Chan asks questions as he dances the rumba with artist Iris Ling."
I found two websites that show how to do the Rumba (aka Rhumba).
The first one has a diagram showing the dance steps at
The other one has dance steps plus background material at
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Friday, September 16, 2005

Today is Blooper Day for The Red Dragon, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], we start our tapes, DVD's at 8:30).
(Courtesy of Rush Glick's
These are courtesy of Norm Vogel:
When Charlie Chan is explaining about the "95th Element" to the Inspector, he starts to get confused, as if he's desparately trying to remember his lines! (I'm surprised that they didn't reshoot that scene, unless it was made by "One-Shot" Beaudine!).
Also, no one can figure out what the typed word was but once it's solved EVERYONE seems to remember where the thermostat was and wasn't! I mean, WHO notices something like THAT?!?!?!
AND . . . as he was typing it (as he was dying), he only hit about 3 or 4 keystrokes, but the word has over TWICE that many! Go figure!
Lastly, I find it "odd" that Charlie Chan would PUSH the button on the t-stat [sic]: If anyone ELSE had on one of those gizmos on them, he would have KILLED THEM, TOO! Strange!
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Just a passing thought:
If life hands you lemons,
make darn sure you have enough sugar!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

These French lobby cards for The Red Dragon are from Rush Glick's, also site of our Monday Night Chat Room (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30).
Makes you wonder if they understood it was The RED Dragon!
Not to mention the funky drawing of Victor Sen Yung as Tommy Chan?!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Red Dragon is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30).
One thing that comes up in the course of the movie are the "banderillos" on the wall behind the desk with the typewriter.
Sorry, but I couldn't find any pictures of the scene with the banderillos!
However I did come up with this rather . . . interesting Red Dragon on Google. It takes a second to realize that it's a hand puppet!
So I pulled up photographs of banderillos in actual use in bullfights.
(NOTE: These pictures are at least as tame as anything you'd see Sunday afternoon during our own football season!)
Psst . . . psst . . . yeah, you in that last picture . . . .
Don't you think you're pressing your luck just a little bit?!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Our Monday Night Chat Room Movie is The Red Dragon (, 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], our tapes/DVDS start at 8:30).
The cast is international with Fortunio Bonanova, which you might not expect with Monogram. Besides, I love the name of the cab driver: Augie Gomez!
Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Fortunio Bonanova: Inspector Luis Cavero
Benson Fong: Tommy Chan
Willie Best: Chattanooga Brown
Carol Hughes: Marguerite Fontain
Barton Yarborough: Joseph Brandish
Don Costello: Charles Masack
George Meeker: Edmond Slade
Marjorie Hoshelle: Countess Irena Masak
Mildred Boyd: Josephine
Barbara Jean Wong (as Jean Wong): Iris Ling
Robert Emmett Keane: Alfred Wyans
Donald D. Taylor (as Donald Dexter Taylor): Walter Dorn
Lucio Villegas: Police Scientist
Charles Trowbridge: Prentiss
Richard Lopez: Bellhop
Augie Gomez: Cab Driver
Toni Raimando: Powder Room Attendant

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum* is not only set in a wax museum but features a radio show aired by remote broadcast.
(Courtesy of
The technitian, Tom Agnew (on the right), also "appeared in scores of programs from radio's "Golden Age", such as "X Minus One", "Inner Sanctum Mysteries", the "Shadow", the "Mysterious Traveler", the "Whistler", and "Suspense". In addition to appearing in may episodes of the latter series, Mr. Osborne also played its host/narrator, "The Man in Black", early in the run, in 1942 - 1943.
(Courtesy of
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*Our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at, 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (EDT), our tapes/DVDs starting at 8:30.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum is our Monday Night Chat Room movie at (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], starting our tapes and DVDs at 8:30).
However . . . it wasn't the first movie about or set in a wax museum.
One of the best-known--and probably best-loved--was Mystery of the Wax Museum with Lionel Atwill (who looked like he could have haunted a house all by himself!) and Fay Wray.
One of the things that sets Mystery apart from other horror movies is Glenda Farrell as a wise-cracking reporter who is the prime mover in furthering the plot of Mystery in the Wax Museum. A "working girl" who not only has a legitimate job but has a prominent part in a movie set in 1933, decades before equal opportunities laws were set in place!
It also had Arthur Edmund Carewe as a drug-addict who was also show-cased in Museum. This wasn't something that Hollywood usually did back then.
Vincent Price's House of Wax changed these elements since they reflected a different era in America twenty years later.
Glenda Farrell's star reporter who shares rooms with Fay Wray has become Paul Picerni's Scott Andrews, a sculptor who lives with his mother!
Arthur Edmund Carewe's drug addict became Nedrick Young's alcoholic, a part that was uncredited beause he had been blacklisted in the days of McCarthyism in Hollywood.
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So stock up on the popcorn, candy and sodas.
Start the vcr or DVD player.
Call in the kids and have a
horrific time of it!
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*A rather interesting bit of Warner's publicity,
campaign, don't you think?!?!