Wednesday, October 19, 2005

CC's Secret, Part 2

(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
Charlie Chan's Secret* has such an interesting cast that I'm highlighting it again today.
For instance, Herbert Mundin, who played Baxter the Lowell butler, died just three years later in a road accident.
Arthur Edmund Carewe had a distinguished movie career that included Lon Chaney, Sr.'s The Phantom of the Opera; 1927's The Cat and the Canary; and a prominent part in The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933).

Carew suffered a stroke after Secret that was debilitating enough that he killed himself.
Jonathan Hale shot himself at the age of 74 over personal problems.
On a not much brighter note is Edward Trevor who played Janice Lowell Gage's husband, Fred. He's listed in www.imdb.com as having been in only two movies besides Charlie Chan's Secret: Way Down East (1935) and The Fighting Judge (1938). No other information on him . . . just the three movies listed.
Francis Ford played the boat captain in Secret. He was the older brother of well-known director, John Ford.
Francis Ford produced, directed AND acted in movies until 1929 when he began acting exclusively.
He also wrote some 23 movies between 1914 and 1928. One that he also acted in was The Chinatown Mystery.
(Neat title, don't you think!)
William Bailey, who played Detective Harris, also played in The House Without a Key with George Kuwa as Charlie Chan in 1927!
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*CC's Secret is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT), we start our movies/DVD's at 8:30.

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