Sunday, February 27, 2005

Some Murder Cruise History

A little history/definitions may be in order for Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie. (Please join us at 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. EST at
Our first entry is "Han Dynasty: 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 over Vietnam, Central Asia, Mongolia, and Korea before finally collapsing under a mixture of domestic and external pressures.
"Shang Dynasty: The Shang Dynasty (1766 B.C. to 1022 B.C.), considered by many to be the earliest Chinese Dynasty, ruled parts of northern and central China. Its capitol city was located at Anyang near the border of Henan from about 1384 B.C. This dynasty was based on agriculture; millet, wheat, and barley were the primary crops grown. Aside from their agricultural prowness, the Shang dynasty was also advanced in metallurgy. Bronze ships, weapons, and tools were found from that era."
A word about the game of mahjong played aboard ship: It's "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 tiles each and a pair of matching tiles."
So enjoy the movie!

*From Rush's website at .

This Date in Chan History

To continue in our Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise,
Twentieth-Century Fox completed
CC's Murder Cruise in late
February, 1940.
Monogram Pictures began production
on The Shangahi Chest in
late February in 1948.

We March into a New Month of Movies

We come to a new month of movies for Rush Glick's Chat Room on Monday Nights from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. EST for March. All aboard for!

March 7 -- Charlie Chan at the Opera

March 14 -- The Chinese Ring

March 21 -- Charlie Chan in Paris

March 28 -- Charlie Chan in The Secret Service

I can see some interesting additions to my blog already so . . . stay tuned to this Bat Channel at this Bat Tim . . . oops . . . .

So stay tuned!

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Let's Cast Away On a Murder Cruise

Yes, it's time again for our cast credits, this week's movie for Rush Glick's Monday night chat at 8:00 P.M. EST being Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise.

As always, it's full of excellent actors!

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: 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: Mrs. 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

Cliff Clarke: Lieutenant Wilson

John Dilson, Police Doctor

Emmett Vogan: Hotel Manager

Friday, February 25, 2005

Charlie Chan History

The last installment of "The House Without a Key,"
by Earl Derr Biggers, was published on this date in 1925.

"The Saturday Evening Post" ran the serial between
January 24 and February 25.

I came across this poster in what
may be Italian when researching
The House Without a Key.
Just don't ask me to translate it!
You can find it at

Cruising for Trivia

Welcome to my trivia section for Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise!

Do you want to test your knowledge of Murder Cruise before we discuss it at Rush Glick's Monday Night Chat Room at at 8:00 P.M. to 10 P.M. EST?

Good luck . . . .

What do Charlie Chan's Chance, Charlie Chan's Secret, Charlie Chan in Reno, and Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise?

What do Charlie Chan in Paris, Charlie Chan at Treasure Island, and Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise have in common?

What do Charlie Chan at the Opera, Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise, and The Feathered Serpent have in common?

What do Charlie Chan in Honolulu, Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise, and The Chinese Ring have in common?

What do Charlie Chan at the Race Track and Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise have in common?

Okay, y'all, you have until Monday night in the chat room or when I post the answers here on Tuesday!

Good luck!

Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Lone Blooper . . . Cruising for Murder

We have just one blooper this week for Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise, our Monday night chat room movie, courtesy of Ken D: . . . [a]fter Inspector Duff is murdered, Charlie, Jimmy and Willy (Chan) 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.

Murder Cruise Trivia . . . Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise also went by the working titles of Charlie Chan's Cruise, Charlie Chan's Oriental Cruise, and Chans Murder.

The Charlie Chan Library

We are once again turning to our book shelves to pull out the fifth Chan novel by Earl Derr Biggers . . . Charlie Chan Carries On! It's a cruise that circles the globe, shrouded in mystery . . . and death.

This entry into the Chan mystery movies was made three times. The first one was in 1930 by Fox Movies with Warner Oland as the Chinese detective. This was one of four early Chans with Oland that eventually became lost.

The second Chan movie made from "Charlie Chan Carries On" was "Eran Trece," the Spanish language version made several months later but using the same sets and stock footage of the Oland movie.

We finally come to the third version known to Chan lovers everywhere . . . Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise with Sidney Toler as Chan is a rather atmospheric version of the novel by Derr Biggers.

A great scene with Cora Witherspoon as Suzie Watson and Sidney Toler as Chan coming to terms with The Clutching Hand . . . er, sorry that's Victor Sen Yung trying to get a hand out as Jimmy Chan!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Answers for Olympic Class Bonus Questions

Ready for the answers? Here goes:

What bad habit does Lee carry over from CC at the Opera to Olympics and Broadway?

Lee is a thief! 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. Bareli's dressing room so Lee goes on a filching spree lifting several cigarette cases.
Lee also liberates a telegram from Arthur Hughes; pocket after Hughes had "borrowed" it from Yvonne Roland's book.
We find out in CC on Broadway that Lee has "adopted" several towels from the hotels where he has stayed.

What do Olympics, Monte Carlo and City in Darkness have in common?

A set: It's used for the spies' headquarters in Olympics, the climax in Monte Carlo, and the murder room in City in Darkness.

What do London, Olympics and Murder Over New York have in common?

Airplane inventions.

What do Black Camel, Olympics and Shanghai Cobra have in common for Charlie Chan?

He is know to drive his car. We don't actually see him drive in Shanghai Cobra but we do see him get a ticket for "No U-Turn!"

Did you get them all right?

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Olympic Entries into the Chan Dictionary

We have some more entries for the Chan Dictionary from Charlie Chan at the Olympics that we'll be discussing in our Monday night chat room at from 8 to 10 P.M. EST.

So here goes:

AIRSHIPS*: Anything powered, that can be controlled horizontally by a pilot and has a rigid internal framework. As opposed to balloons that aren't, can't be, and don't.


BLIMP: A generic term for airships like the Zeppelin used in Charlie Chan at the Olympics and are the only airships in use today.

DIRIGIBLE*: One of the many aviation terms that came from the French (also, aviation, aileron, hanger, and so on). Dirigible translates into "steerable"--horizonally and could cover everything from tricycles to nuclear submarines.

FILIBUSTER: An adventurer who engages in a private military action in a foreign country.

TAPA--a fibrous material; an ancient Hawaiian Art form.

ZEPPELIN*: A trademarked type of rigid airship that were perfected by Ferdinand Adolf August Heinrich Graf von Zeppelin early in the twentieth century and the name that became predominant in the field. (There was another firm of rigid airships used during World War I made by Luftschiff Schutte-Lanz G.m.b.F., using laminated plywood framework instead of the Zeppelins' aluminum alloy.


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:

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

Radio Announcer in Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Reporter in Charlie Chan on Broadway

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 18, 2005

Etta Kit's Back and in Olympic Form!

Yes, it's me again. Etta Kit, your Chan courtesy consultant here to help you navigate through the high heavens . . . sorry, that was my laundry . . .through the blue skies!

Today is another Miss Manners day.

Okay, so the airplane that we'll be discussing in Monday night's chat at was used for experimental purposes. Jeez, don't you guys trust little ole Etta more than that?!

They have a ZEPPELIN, kiddies, and Charlie is traveling in it to meet # 1 son, Lee, in German. Or at least part of the way is by zeppelin.

So we want to be prepared to behave well and not embarrass Charlie. Right?

What's a good, fairly inexpensive going away present for someone flying to Europe for the first time? I've looked at travel cases and electricity converters, but I'm not sure what he has, and I know he's planning to travel very light, so I don't want to add stuff that he won't take with him.
A bottle of wine and disposable cups. The same airline workers who can serve drinks, magazines, and dinner with seconds on coffee in a forty-nine-minute domestic flight take two hours to get organized enough on transatlantic flights to get anyone a drink, let alone dinner. During this period, your friend can make himself instantly popular by offering wine to his seat mates. If the flight is delayed, he can drink it all himself in the airport and not mind so much. In either case, he will be traveling light.

Is it proper to remove one's shoes in an airplane?
Yes, but it is highly improper not to be able to get them on again when one has arrived at one's destination.

("Miss Manners'[R] Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior;" Warners Books Edition, 1982, New York; page 667.)

An Olympic Class Cast of Characters

Our Monday night chat movie is Olympic in concept and actors! Makes you wonder how much of the studios actors were used for just this one film!

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: The Honorable Charles Zarakas
Frederick Vogeding (as Fredrick 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
Stanley Blystone: New York Policeman
Walter Bonn: Polizei Officer
Don Brodie: Radio Announcer
Glenn Cavender: Polizei Officer
George Chandler: Ship's Radio Operator
Hans Fuerberg: Polizei Radio-car Officer
Teresa Harris: Black US Team Member on Sidelines Rooting for Jesse Owens
Oscar "Dutch" Hendrian: Miller, Test Plane Hijacker
Selmer Jackson: Navy Commander
Edward Keane: Army Colonel
Al Kikume: Uniformed Officer at Microphone/desk in Police Station
Tommy Klein: (uncredited)
Philip Morris: Cop
Virgil B. Nover: (uncredited)
Jesse Owens: Himself (in stock footage)
Paul Panzer: German Undercover Officer Posing as Snack Vendor
John Peters: Polizei Radio-car Officer
Caroline Rankin: Miller's Landlady
Perry E. Seeley: (uncredited)
Lee Shumway: Cop
Minerva Urecal: Gang Member Posing as Olympics Matron
Dale Van Sickel: (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan: Ship's Officer
Wilhelm von Brincken: Polizei Officer
Bill Wayne: Ship's Steward Guarding Stateroom

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Some Olympic Notes

Here are some things to watch out for while you're watching Olympics during our Monday night chats:

Watch the bad fin of the Zeppelin. The squiggly fat worm is actually somebody's bright idea of masking the Swastika insignia of the Nazis by hand painting the scene, frame by frame.

Yvonne Roland leaves her ship-board wardrobe behind when she disappears from the ship. (Okay, I know this was also listed under my Bloopers. We just haven't decided why she ended up with different clothes in Berlin!)

Lee's swimming scene at the end of the movie . . . notice the length of Lee's hair.

Parts of the movie were filmed at the Los Angeles Colisieum.

Olympic Class Bonus Questions

We have several bonus questions that you might want to keep in mind when watching our movie for our Monday night chat, Charlie Chan at the Olympics. . . . Heck, keep them in mind when you watch it anytime!

What bad habit does Lee carry over from Opera?

Why does the set in the finale of Olympics look familiar?

What other Chan movies involves airplane inventions?

And last, but not least: What do Black Camel, Olympics and Shanghai Cobra have in common for Charlie Chan?!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Olympic Class Goofs

This is for the Charlie Chan at the Olympics that we will be discussing in Rush Glick's Monday night chat room, 8:00 to 10:00 (EST) at


Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Charlie Chan, Jr. [sic] enters a room where his father and another officer are, Chan, Jr. says "Pop, here are some cut-up tea and sandwiches," when what he really means is, "Pop, here are some cut-up sandwiches and tea."

[I must admit that the first time I read this "cut-up sandwiches" sounded like they'd been in a fight with some pastries from the wrong side of the tracks or some cans of soup!]

When the German police are "triangulating" where Charlie Chan and the plane invention are, at least one of the policemen's radio voices sounds like it's straight out of Jack Webb's Dragnet!

This movie was made during the winter so watch and see if you can see anybody's breath in the cold air.

A blooper, part of the plot or trivia?
When Yvonne Roland suddenly and mysteriously leaves the ship, she leaves her things behind and strewn all over her cabin.
She apparently has a new wardrobe, complete with new furs, the next time we see her.
Does she have enough of her own money to buy a new wardrobe, a "sugar daddy" to do it, is it a plot device or
just a bad blooper?!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The Answer for Shadow Over Chinatown's Bonus Question

I hope you got it right!
The question?
What do The Black Camel,
Monte Carlo, Honolulu,
Shadows Over Chinatown,
and Shanghai Chest?
have in common?
They all have Charlie
at table with at
least one of his
kids eating a meal!

Monday, February 14, 2005

Charlie Chan History

Monogram Pictures
"Charlie Chan in
the Secret Service"
on February 14, 1944.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

A New Department at Charlie Chan Annex

Hi, I'm Etta, your new etiquette correspondent!

I'll be popping in when I can put a different light on the Chan movies!

Now, don't go "yuck" and leave!!

One of the ladies I'll be bringing you is the deliciously wicked humor of Miss Manners (aka Judith Martin).

One of her readers asked "What is the proper way to walk in high-heeled shoes?"

Miss Manners' response? "Left, right, left, right, left."

When is a vase a vahse? "When you put 'dahsies' in it."

Now, take bus trips and moving around on them like we have in Shadows Over Chinatown.

On to behaving yourself . . . and others! . . . on bus trips:

"There I'll be, sitting in a bus, maybe reading the paper, maybe just staring ahead, but not making any trouble for anyone, and some woman will hit me in the head with her shoulder bag. These shoulder bags are a menace. They just swing right along, banging innocent people. What can I do to put such a woman in her place?
"No doubt you would consider putting her in your place, or what used to be known as giving a lady a seat, too drastic a measure. Miss Manners presumes that the swinging bag was not intended as a weapon, but that its owner is simply not aware of what is happening. To call it to her attention, you might offer courteously to hold her purse for her. That should send her scurrying to the other end of the bus, clutching it tightly."

Judith Martin, "Miss Manners(R) Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behaviour," 1979, Warner Books, New York, New York, page 115.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Shadows Over Chinatown

We have just one bonus question this week:
What do Black Camel, Monte Carlo,
Honolulu, Shadows Over Chinatown
and Shanghai Chest have in common?

What Charlie Chan Is All About

I must thank Aardvark All for his recent posting to remind me that I should periodically post what this blog is all about.

I want to help "spread the word" about the Chinese detective, Charlie Chan and do it in conjugation with other Chan sites.

One is Rush Glick's website at Rush's site has a wealth of material that he has kindly let me use for much of my source material.

Each week I try to provide material that is informative and as often humorous as I can make it about the Chan movie that Rush has selected for that Monday's Chat Room at These chats start at 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. EST.

We also start "synchronized viewing" at 8:30 P.M. . . . . That is that we all start our copies of that week's Chan movie at the same time, either by vcr or DVD players, the better to discuss the movie.

Those who don't have that week's movie are also very welcome since everybody usually ends up adding something to the conversation which covers a wide range of topics beyond the movie we're watching!

Another excellent Chan website is Kurt Schmidt's at He has a most active message board!

Last but not least is Charlie Chan Annex's brother blog at and run by Chris Menzter. Chris also gears his blog to each Monday's movies but his is worth checking out as much as mine!!

We try to rotate the Chan movies so we have something for everyone each month. The week before February 21 will be leading up to Charlie Chan at the Olympics and Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise the next week.
The week after that will be Charlie Chan at the Opera!

So I hope you'll be checking back to see what's new and coming up!

Take care,

Friday, February 11, 2005

The Chan Two-Timers Hall of Fame for Shadows

Once again, we are back to those actors who have "served time," as it were, in two or more Chan movies.

One is George Eldredge who appeared in four Charlie Chan movies but they were all in the Monogram Era, ironically.

Mike Rogan in Shadows Over Chinatown
Sergeant in The Chinese Ring

Mary Conover in Shadows Over Chinatown
Adelaide Brandt in The Trap

DEPP, Harry
Candid Camera Snapper in Charlie Chan on Broadway
Charles Edwards in Black Magic/Meeting at Midnight
Dr. Denby in Shadows Over Chinatown

Brand in Dark Alibi
Chief Lannigan in Shadows Over Chinatown
Pat Finley in The Shanghai Chest
Stacey in The Sky Dragon

Jack Tilford, aka John Thompson, in Shadows Over Chinatown
Talbot Bartlett in The Golden Eye

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

Hotel Desk Clerk in Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat
Willie Rand in The Scarlet Clue
Cosgrove in Shadows Over Chinatown

More Shadows Bloopers

I have more bloopers from Evan Thompson about Bruce Kellogg's character of Jack Tilford.

Jack Tilford was a Marine and, according to Evan, he doesn't have papers or a "Liberty" card to show police or Shore Patrol that he is legally in town?! Or in transit in a bus station?!

And in civilian clothes at any time?!

His hair was definitely too long for regulations on or off shore.

Certainly carrying a weapon on his person would get him into the brig instantly since military personnel did not run around with weapons on their person at any time even in war time!

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Happy Holidays

Happy Chinese
New Year!

Shadows Over Chinatown Actors

Here we are back with the actors who played in this week's movie, Shadows Over Chinatown!

Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland: Birmingham Brown
Victor Sen Yung: Jimmy Chan
Tanis Chandler: Mary Conover, alias Mary McCoy
John Gallaudet: Craig Winfield, alias Craig Winfield
Paul Bryar: Mike Rogan
Bruce Kellogg: Jack Tilford, aka John Thomson
Al Bridge: Captain Allen
Mary Gordon: Mrs. Conover
Dorothy Granger: Joan Mercer
Jack Norton: Cosgrove
George Eldredge: Chief Lannigan
Tyra Vaughn: Miss Chalmers
Lyle Latell: Police Clerk
Mira McKinney: Kate Johnson
Gladys Blake: Myrtle
Jack Mower: Hobart
John Hamilton: San Francisco-bound lawyer
Harry Depp: Dr. Denby
Charles Jordan: Jenkins
Kit Carson: Hotel Clerk
George Chan: Chinese American
Jim Dugan: Police Driver
Louise Franklin: Maid
Doris Fulton: Angie
James B. Leong: Chinese American
Frank Mayo: Police Lieutenant

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Answers for the London Bonus Questions

Did you get them right?

What did Charlie Chan in London, Paris, and Reno have in common?

Charlie tells the investigating officers at these crimes that if you want a wild bird to sing, do not put him in a cage.

What did London have to do with Olympics?

Both involved airplane inventions.

What did London have in common with Monte Carlo?

Both Lake, the groom, and Al Rogers, the Monte Carlo bartender, were killed in their rooms that looked like boxes. Both were murders made to look like suicides.

Shadows Over Chinatown Bloopers

Shadows Over Chinatown has a certain film noir feel to it . . . but it still has bloopers!!

One may not be a blooper. . . . The bus station scene where Jack Tilford shows up in civilian clothes is wrong. My mother who was married to an Army Air Corps pilot (as well as other relatives who were in the various services at the time) knew everyone in the military at the time was expected to be wearing their uniforms all the time.

You simply didn't appear in "civvies" unless it was an exceptional situation.

Another blooper is courtesy of Mr. Evan Thompson:
Charlie meets an old lady on the bus whose granddaughter is missing. Neither of them think of her giving him a photograph of her and the missing persons bureau's picture of the girl is missing.

Charlie and Jimmy go to a cafe where the granddaughter is working and he pulls out what looks like a professionally done portrait of the girl. Where did it come from?

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Mrs. Chan's Recipes in Honor of London

Mrs. Chan* has taken something of a vacation from these pagesbut she's back now! She has decided that you all might enjoy a recipe that I picked up a while back at

It's supposed to be Mr. Rathbone's favorite dish . . . Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding (what you could call a very formal popover!). This was supposed to be from a booklet, Hollywood Recipes: Food Secrets of the Movie Stars by Delight Evans (really!), an Editor of Screenland Magazine (publishers: American Stove Company, 1938).

It calls for 1 1/2 tablespoons of hot fat that can be taken from a roast beef as it's baking, as originally done. I suppose you could substitute margarine, Crisco Oil, etc.

What I suggest is to put whatever you choose in the pan and put it in the oven to heat up just before you're ready to put the "Pudding" in. [I don't know why they call it a pudding since Yorkshire Popover would be more accurate!] Take the pan out and immediately put the pudding in and put it back up in the oven for the 40 to 45 minutes.

One difference between this dish and popovers: A Yorkshire Pudding rises somewhat on the sides and then collapses where a popover should puff up like a balloon and stay that way.

Good Eating!
Yorkshire Pudding
a la Basil Rathbone
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2 cups of flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 unbeaten eggs
2 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoons hot fat
Shift flour and salt together.
Make a hollow in the center
and put the eggs and some
of the milk in the hollow.
Gradually mix in the flour
and salt mixture from all
sides, adding the milk
by degrees.
When about half of the
milk has been used and
all of the flour is mixed in,
beat well with a wooden
spoon until light and
Gradually stir in the
remainder of milk.
Pour into a shallow
baking pan containing
the hot fat and bake
at 375 degrees for
40 to 45 minutes
Serve with roast
beef gravy.
*Mrs. Chan is also known as my mother, Becky Truesdale!

More Chan Trivia for London

We have more trivia for Charlie Chan in London besides what was mentioned about this movie and Alan Mowbray being mentioned in the mystery film Gosford Park.

One of the other films that Alan Mowbray appeared in is called Two Lips and Juleps; or, Southern Love and Yankee Exposure.

Today you'd have to wonder if it was an early ad for liquor or a very racy travel guide!!

Charlie Chan in London has the distinction among Chan movies because it is the first one that wasn't taken from a Earl Derr Biggers book about the Chinese detective.

London has another distinction . . . a tie to another movie series being made during the same time period, Tarzan!!

Reginald Sheffield (Flight Commander King) was the father of Johnny Sheffield, who played "Boy" in the jungle series entry, Tarzan Finds A Son!

Saturday, February 05, 2005

London Entries to the Chan Dictionary

We have several entries for our Charlie Chan Dictionary today:

AERODROME (British): Airfield.
The Farnwell Aerodrome.

DEUCE: Used as an intensive.
What the deuce?

NAPPY: Crazy, unpredictable, potentially dangerous.
The horse Hellcat is nappy.

TOM FOOLERY: (1) Foolish, bad behavior.
(2) Something trivial or foolish; nonsense.
If you think I'm going on with this tomfoolery.

Friday, February 04, 2005

The Chan Cast in London

We have the cast for Charlie Chan in London today . . . a sterling group all the way around!

You will notice an absence. Charlie Chan doesn't have any family members to help him this time around.

Warner Oland: Charlie Chan
Drue Leyton: Pamela Gray
Ray Milland (as Raymond Milland): Neil Howard
Mona Barrie: Lady Mary Bristol
Douglas Walton: Paul Gray
Alan Mowbray: Paul Frank, alias Geoffrey Richmond
George Barraud: Jerry Jardine
Paul England: Bunny Fothergill
Madge Bellamy: Becky Fothergill
Walter Johnson: Jerry Jardine
Murray Kinnell: Captain Seton (alias, Phillips, the Butler)
E.E. Clive: Detective Sergeant Thacker
Elsa Buchanan: Alice Perkins (maid)
Reginald Sheffield: Flight Comander King
Perry Ivins: Assistant Home Secretary Kemp
John Rogers: Lake (chief groom)
Helena Grant: Miss Judson (Kemp's Secretary)
C. Montague Shaw: Doctor
Phyllis Coughlan: Nurse
David Torrance: Home Secretary Sir Lionel Bashford
Claude King: Royal Air Force Aerodome Commander
Margaret Main: Housemaid
Doris Stone: Manor Guest
Arthur Clayton: Warden
Ann Doran: Stand-in

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Character Actors in London

We have some character actors in London that have appeared in two or more Chan films. Some, like Drue Leyton, had already appeared in a Chan movie.

Smith in The Black Camel
Captain Seton (alias Phillips, the Butler) in Charlie Chan in London
Henri Lamartine in Charlie Chan in Paris

IVINS, Perry
Assistant Home Secretary Kemp in Charlie Chan in London
Bedell, Lamartine's Secretary in Charlie Chan in Paris

KING, Claude
Sir George Mannering in Behind That Curtain
Captain Arthur Cope in Charlie Chan's Greatest Case
Royal Air Force Aerodome Commander in Charlie Chan in London

Paula Gordon in Charlie Chan's Courage
Pamela Gray in Charlie Chan in London
Nellie Farrell in Charlie Chan at the Circus

Alf Pornic in Behind That Curtain
Martin in Charlie Chan Carries On
Lake (Chief Groom) in Charlie Chan in London

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

Charlie Chan's London Bloopers

Where we are again, finding more bloopers in another Chan picture:

The name of Paul Gray (played by Douglas Walton) is incorrectly listed in the cast of characters as being "Hugh Gray."

Pamela Gray's dress at the end during the dinner party . . . doesn't that "thing" at her neck look like a bat upside down and hanging from her throat?!

Bonus Questions for London

Okay, so you think you know Charlie Chan in London?

Then try these bonus questions?!

What did Charlie Chan in London, Paris, Circus and Reno have in common?

What did London have in common with Olympics?

What did London have in common with Monte Carlo?

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Quizzical Questions In London

These are questions that I've been asking myself when I watch Charlie Chan in London. No matter how many times I've seen it . . . I STILL can't find the answers!

Where was Jerry Garton when everyone else was with Charlie Chan out at the stables reconstructing the crime in the French manner? He said he was in the house and heard Hellcat act up. Pamela Gray told Charlie that SHE hadn't heard any noise from the stable the night of the murder. Why the discrepancy?

How was pepper put into Hellcat's eyes with so many people around?

Charlie Chan History

Twentieth Century-Fox Studios
completes their production of
Charlie Chan in Reno
on February 2, 1939.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

A New Department of Charlie Chan!

I have decided to start a new department of Charlie Chan Annex . . . Trivia!
Okay . . . so it will be made up of "small stuff!"
Better "small stuff" than "no stuff!"
We'll be starting this week with a small jewel about Charlie Chan in London from
This film is mentioned in the mystery film "Gosford Park"
(2001). It is mentioned because a fictional producer
named Morris Weissman went to Gosford Park to do
research on British customs. Actor "Alan Mowbray", cast
member in the Chan film, is also mentioned.