Charlie Chan Annex
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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Mata Moto here with another Chan Quiz!
One of these may be from our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at Rush Glick's www.charliechan.info (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT] and we start our movies at 8:30). (Note: all pictures are from Rush's Gallery--Once again, Rush, thanks for sharing such an incredible site!)
Can you name these spooky pictures?!
(If you need help with this one, you need more than I can give you!)
(This is another one you should be able to get!)
1. Charlie Chan's Secret
2. Dead Men Tell
3. Black Magic/Meeting at Midnight
(Our Monday Night Movie)
4. Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
5. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
6. Charlie Chan at the Opera
7. The Black Camel
Friday, August 26, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
I found this and thought it would go well with the last post about Earl Derr Biggers, since it's about all of his Charlie Chan titles. It's from www.genovalibri.it/biggers/immagini/copertine.jpg so maybe it's Italian.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Friday, August 19, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
I have some behind-the-scenes goodies today from none other than Kay Linaker, herself, on Charlie Chan in Rio*!
Chad Bennett, a former student of Ms. Linaker's (now teaching at Keene College in New Hamphsire as Kate Phillips), was with us in Rush's chat room in mid-October of 2002.
He told us her reflections from the set, such as that it was Ms. Linaker's favorite Chan film to work on and, in her opinion, the best written out of all the Chans.
The cast kept trying to set Iris Wong (who played Lola Dean's maid) up with Victor Sen Yung since they seemed perfect together. [I think it carries over to their on-screen relationship.]
They kept trying, that is, until they found out that Ms. Wong was already married! She had secretly gotten married because she didn't want her traditional Chinese family to know that she'd married a Caucasian man.
Iris Wong may have already been pregnant during the making of CC in Rio and Kay Linaker later became Godmother to her child.
Ms. Linaker also had a few things to say about Cobina Wright, Jr., and Mary Beth Hughes, her co-stars in Rio, but I'm saving that for another post tomorrow.
You won't want to miss it because it will add to your pleasure the next time you watch Charlie Chan in Rio!
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Charlie Chan in Rio* has several interesting character actors: Mary Beth Hughes (Joan Reynolds) and Cobina Wright, Jr., (Grace Ellis) were so antagonistic off-screen that you can feel the tension between them in the movie.
This is one of five Chan movies that Kay Linaker (Helen Ashby) did, starting as the apparition in the seance scene of Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1936). She went on to Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo (1937), Charlie Chan in Reno (1939), Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940), and Charlie Chan in Rio. She would go on to be co-author of The Blob, starring Steve McQueen, and a teacher at Keene College in New Hampshire.
Harold Huber (Chief Suoto) was in four Chan movies but one of them, Charlie Chan in the City of Darkness (1939), is one of the most talked about because of his portrayal of Marcel Spivak. The point of irritation for most viewers is the French accent that was dictated by the director. Ironically, Huber used foreign accents in his other Chan roles: Charlie Chan on Broadway--presuming that you consider NYC-speak to be "foreign"!; Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo (1937)--French, again; and Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)--Spanish.
Ted North (Clarke Denton) was married to Mary Beth Hughes (Joan Reynolds) from 1943 to 1947, divorcing after having one child together.
Both Mary Beth Hughes and Truman Bradley (Paul Wagner) went on to television careers. Hughes appeared in Red Skelton's show and Bradley in The Science Fiction Theatre.
Hamilton MacFadden (Bill Kellogg) was a special case in the annals of Charlie Chan movies. He started out as a director for Charlie Chan Carries On (1931); The Black Camel (1931), also playing the movie director; Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933); and Charlie Chan in Paris (1935), the first week's shooting only and uncredited at that. MacFadden not only played in Black Camel but Charlie Chan in Reno (1939) as the night clerk and as Bill Kellog in Reno (1941).
We are in the library again but for classic slang!
Charlie Chan in Rio* has several words that may or may not still be in use by our younger visitors to this site so I'm checking our slang dictionaries*~~You'd be surprised what we have here in the Chan Library!
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
We have the original story by Earl Derr Biggers that "Charlie Chan in Rio" is based on~~"The Black Camel." I strongly urge those who don't have it to check out your local library and/or half-price or used book stores to get it. "The Black Camel," like all of Biggers Chan stories, stand alone while making an interesting comparison to both movie verstions.
We are very lucky that both versions are available for us to watch and enjoy.
What makes it even more fun is comparing the early original "Black Camel" with Warner Oland's Chan still somewhat in transition to Sidney Toler's Charlie Chan in Rio when his Chan is established.
I urge everyone with a copy of "The Black Camel" to watch it before we watch "CC in Rio" for our Monday Night Chat at Rush Glick's www.charliechan.info (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT] with the movie starting at 8:30.)
Our Charlie Chan Calendar has several entries for the middle of August!
[Mid-July-]Mid-August, 1933--Fox Films began production on "Charlie Chan's Greatest Case."
Mid- August, 1940--Twentieth Century-Fox completes production on "Murder Over New York."
Mid-August, 946--Monogram Pictures completes production on "The Trap."
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Our Monday Chat Room Movie is Docks of New Orleans at www.charleichan.info (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], the movie starts at 8:30 P.M.).
It's the remake of the 1938 Mr. Wong, Detective, with Boris Karloff as the Chinese detective, James Lee Wong. Definitely worth checking out on its own merits (IMHO) and/or to compare with Roland Winters' Chan version, Docks of New Oleans.
Friday, August 12, 2005
I must admit that I've been thinking of several other series as well as the Charlie Chan movies as I've been posting these rules!
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Welcome back to the Charlie Chan Library.
This is our continuation of S.S. Van Dines 20 rules on writing included in his Winter Murder Case, interesting not only in its own right but to point out how the Chan movie writers occasionally cheated in their plotting!
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Hello, I'm the new girl, Lillian.
Virginia has hired me to take care of the growing Charlie Chan Library that we have here at the Annex.
I have a project that she wasn't sure would interest the readers of this blog but, being a librarian of long experience, I knew you would.
First, many of you not only enjoy reading the Chan books by Earl Derr Biggers but other authors like S.S. Van Dine's Philo Vance novels.
I'm honored to finally have a chance to bring up something that's been on my mind for some time:
Mr. Van Dine has a list in the back of "The Winter Murder Case" called "Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories."
This list is interesting in its own right BUT . . . going through the list, I kept thinking that the writers of the Charlie Chan movies made boo-boos that are no-nos on this list!
So Virginia has kindly lent me her blog so I can bring them to your attention and you can decide for yourselves.
The detective story is a kind of intellectual game. It is more--it is a sporting event. And the author must play fair with the reader. He can no more resort to trickeries and deceptions and still retain his honesty than if he cheated in a bridge game. He must outwit the reader, and hold the reader's interest, through sheer ingenuity. For the writing of detective stories there are very definite laws--unwritten, perhaps, but none the less binding: and every respectable and self-respecting concocter of literary mysteries lives up to them.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005