Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Hallowen

Have a
Spooktacular
Halloween
with no tricks
and lots of treats!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Charlie and Jimmy Chan . . . leg men?
They are if you check out these pictures from Dead Men Tell, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [EDT], we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30).

Saturday, October 29, 2005

November's Calendar has four more movies to remember on Thanksgiving this year!
We'll be celebrating every Monday night at our Chat Room at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) and we start our movies at 8:30.
November 7 - Charlie Chan at the Race Track
November 14 - The Golden Eye
November 21 - The Black Camel
November 28 - Charlie Chan in Shanghai
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Rush Glick's calendar is available anytime at www.charliechan.info.
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I'm also going to be grateful for a good friend, Jonathan Geffner,
all his loved ones this year on November 24th. You can check Jonathan's movie short at
You'll be grateful, too!

Friday, October 28, 2005

You never know what will turn up when you do a google search with a word like "Buccaneer"!
Buccaneer:
Initially hunter's of cattle and pigs on the Island of what is now known as Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Buccaneers got their name from the meaning of the French work "Boucan" (which means barbecue), as they were frequently seen barbecuing their meat on grills (they learned this form of cooking from the Arawakk Indians).
The buccaneers were driven out by the Spanish, and the persecuted hunters banded with groups of runaway slaves, deserters, and other's who hated the Spanish and sought vengeance on their vessels. The word buccaneer soon became common, and by the 17th century was used to describe pirates and privateers who had bases in the West indies.
Corsairs:
The term refers to pirates or privateers who operated in the Mediterranean. The most recognized corsairs were from the Barbary Coast of North Africa. (European crusaders named their Muslim enemies "Barbary Corsairs")
These corsairs were authorized by their governments to prey upon the shipping lanes of Christian countries. The Maltese Corsairs led the fight against the Turks, being led by the Knights of St. John. The Maltese Corsairs initially fought for religion, but after a while the rewards of piracy grew to greater appeal. Soon the Maltese Corsairs were full-fleged pirates with no interest in religious ideals.
Privateer:
A privateer was a pirate who by commission or letter of marque from the government was authorized to size or destroy, a merchant vessel of another nation. The privateer was used as a cheap means of weakening the enemy by frequenting shipping routes (avoiding the costs related to the maintenance and creation of navy.
In theory no Privateer with a letter of marque could be charged with piracy, since it was recognized by international law. However, it was not uncommon for privateers to be changed and prosecuted for piracy by hostile nations. All occurrences of vessels captured by privateers had to be brought before an Admiralty Courts where they were tried to ensure that their plunder was legal game.
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If you enjoy "The Maltese Falcon" then you'll love

Thursday, October 27, 2005

We have a few bloopers in Dead Men Tell, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [EDT], we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30):
Early in the film, there is a scene with he captain sitting at a desk in an office smoking a pipe. His pipe keeps changing positions depending on the camera angle, an whether he is going shown up close or through the window. (Courtesy of John Cucinotta)
. . . [R]emember when the guy says it was a flying fish . . . . . . . . . well, as far as I knew I have never seen a flying fish in port, only way out at sea. . . . (Courtesy of Evan, formerly of the United States Navy)
The parrot's vocalizations don't match its mouth movements.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Dead Men Tell is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT), we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30.
The cast is loaded with old friends, starting with none other than Superman, himself, George Reeves as Bill Lydig on to Lee Tung Foo as the ship's cook/waiter and Tim Ryan in a bit part as the bartender!
Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Sheila Ryan: Kate Ransome
Victor Sen Yung: Jimmy Chan
Donald Douglas (as Don Douglas): Jed Thomasson
Kay Aldridge (as Katharine Aldridge): Laura Thursby
Paul McGrath: Charles Thursby, aks Mr. Parks
George Reeves: Bill Lydig
Truman Bradley: Captain Kane of the Suva Star
Etthel Geffries: Patience Nodbur
Lenita Lane: Dr. Anne Bonney
Milton Parsons: Gene La Farge
Stanely Andrews: Inspector Vessey
Ralph Dunn: Policeman with checklist
Lee Tung Foo: Ship's Cook/waiter
Oscar "Dutch" Hendrian: Saloon Dance Extra
Tim Ryan: Bartender

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Dead Men Tell is our Halloween movie in our chat room on October 31st at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) and starting our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
So I did a google search for "pirate maps" and "treasure maps" and these are just a few!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Charlie Chan's Secret is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info.
Start time is 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) and we begin our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
I have posted this movie plus several other Chans and three other series' entries at my sister blog at
You even get to see her Aunt Battie today!
So go on over, say "hi" for me and have fun!
Oh! And see you tonight at Rush's Chat Room!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Charlie Chan's Secret* has the character that I have taken as my sometimes "nom de Chan"~~Henrietta Crosman.
She was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, on September 2, 1861; and she died in Pelham Manor, New York, on October 31, 1944.
October 31st is ironic since CC's Secret is my favorite movie, especially at Halloween!
Crosman was also the grandniece of song-writer, Stephen Foster.
(As Rosalind in As You Like it)
. . . Miss Crosman has generally been recognized as a very great actress and records state that As You Like It was perhaps the only Shakespearean Production to gain attention at the time whe was playing it. Miss Crosman has related the following story of Stephen Foster, who often wrote songs which he did not consider good enoght to publish: " 'Uncle Stephen' my mother once asked him, 'why do you take the trouble to write out those ugly things that you tear up almost as soon as you have them on paper?' 'Because' he replied, 'it is the only way I can get them out of my head and make room for something better'."
Henrietta Crossman worked as former leading stage actress and in films for twenty years from 1914. (www.imdb.com)
One photograph has survived that REALLY shakes your image of her as a little old lady (but is too large to post here) can be found at http://theatre.msu.edu/images/ta/Crossman_henrietta-002.jpg.
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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) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

I can't resist posting this series of stills from Charlie Chan's Secret, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [EDT], we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30 PM).
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CHARLIE CHAN, CHEMIST
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(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info.)
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.net.)

Friday, October 21, 2005

Charlie Chan's Secrets to watch for as we watch Monday Night's Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
Charlie is off the coast of Oahu when he's on the boat looking for Allan Colby at the beginning of the movie.
Charlie flies by the Oakland-Bay Bridge as he goes to San Francisco by clipper.
The scenes outside the windows behind Mrs. Lowell in her home was blank.
Charlie and Fred Gage, Mrs. Lowell's son-in-law, leave the lights on in Colby House when they leave after the seance.
Charlie mentions "atrocious libel on Chaines art"--we don't know whether he's talking about it as art or about what's going to happen to it!
Baxter, the butler, raises the flowers rather high before putting them in the vase just before it's shot like he knew the bullet was coming.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Charlie Chan's Secret is my favorite Chan film, even with all the bloopers and "howcums"!
It's our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
(Courtesy of http://members.aol.com/meow103476/chan/ccsecret.JPG)
Now on to our assorted mix-ups!
How did the killer[s] know when and how Allen Colby would be coming home so as to plot to kill Colby before he reached San Francisco?
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
. . . [A]t the beginning of Charlie Chan's Secret, there are two divers underwater, but only one is brought up, or did I must miss the other one? (Courtesy of RANDLESEKTA)
When the diver brings up Allan Colby's briefcase, it's wet. It's dry in the close-up, as are the papers that Charlie looks over in the boat's cabin. The papers don't look like they've ever even BEEN wet!
The bridge being built in the scene where Charlie is headed for San Francisco by clipper is most likely the Oakland Bay Bridge. (Courtesy of Rush Glick)
How come Alan Colby didn't see the panel in the wall open so the murderer could toss the knife and kill him? And how easily could the killer toss the knife through that size of hole in the wall?
When Dick Williams meets Alice Lowell at Colby house, they end up in the seance room where he changes how he rests his arms on the back of a chair, depending on the camera shot used.
When is the short-wave radio set up at Colby House, not to mention the ultraviolet light? How could anyone know that they/he would be needing the light and in that position in that place?
How did Professor Bowen flick the hidden switch to turn on the "ghost music" sent from their apartment for the seance?
How did Allan Colby's body get in the hidden passage-way door during the first seance, how does he stay that way and conveniently fall down the stairs at the right time?
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
Does Charlie bring a chemical analysis bag on each case? If he doesn't, then how does he know which ones to bring it on? (Courtesy of Becky Truesdale)
When Charlie comes back to Lowell House after discovering the rifle in the church bell tower, he moves the vase to the table for it to act as a target for the r rifle. Why was there water in it?
Watch the vase after Baxter puts the flowers in it. Freeze the frame when the bullet hits the vase. (Courtesy of Rush Glick)
Watch Baxter when the vase is hit. He is sprayed with water as he turns and jumps into the Inspector's arm. When the camera angle shifts, Baxter is completely dry.
Why wasn't Professor Bowen at least charged with accessory after the fact, if not conspiracy for murder? (Courtesy of Rush Glick)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Chan Fans, rejoice!
Fellow Chan Fan Jonathan Geffner has news for us about his short movie, Boxford Park, featuring Trillo and Suede.
(Sam Suede and Van Trillo)
To quote Jonathan himself:
Our short film, Oxford Park, is now streaming online at the Con-Can Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan. It is one of 30 selected from more than 300 entrants to the festival. Visitors to their web site can watch and judge (rank) any or all of the selected short films, including Oxford Park, between now and January, 2006. The film with the highest overall ranking will win a Big Prize.
Here is the link to the Con-Can web site. Click on "Sign up for viewing (free)", then visit the Screening Room and enjoy the films:
Oxford Park will also be screening at these upcoming festivals:
Bethel Film Festival in Bethel, CT, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:15 pm, and again on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2:00 pm.
Big Apple Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 pm, held at Anthology Film Archives, 332 2nd Ave., NYC.
NYIIFVF Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 4:00 at Village Cinema, 2nd Ave. & 12th St., NYC.
Northampton Film Festival, MA, Nov. 9-13. Details to follow.
Oxford Park ahs recently screened at the Bluegrass Film Festival, Louisville, KY, the Twisted Spine Micro Film Festival, Cleveland, OH, and the Golden Lion Film Festival, Swaziland, Africa.
If you have not yet seen Oxford Park, there is the link to the "free" download page on our website:
You can also down download on this page our mini-documentary, Two Days in January - the Making of Oxford Park. And click on the Projects page to download our New York Promo video for the Trillo & Suede film and tv project, as well as an outtakes video. All downloads are *free* on our website. If you want the full high-res experience, though, You can bu our dvd at our online store:
As soon as we can raise sufficient funding, we are planning to shoot "Trillogy" - a three film Trillo & Suede saga set in varied locations. If you like our short - Oxford Park - and might be interested in investing in our feature films - please contact me to discuss it.

(Courtesy of http://triloandsuede.com/Geffnerhome.jpg">
Please forward this email to all your friends. We are trying to spread the word about this project - and our fund-raising campaign - to as many people as possible through "word-of-mouse."
Best Wishes,
Jonathan
Geffner Productions Inc.
Can a dummy find justice in a human world?
(Here's our very own Jonathan surrounded by his staff
of hard-working dummies. Aunt Sarh is in the
upper right-hand cornere and Sam is just
below her. Courtesy of http://geffner.com)
Miss Maven guarantees that you'll never
see dummies in the same way ever again!
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Now let's go support Boxford Park and best
of luck to Jonathan, Sam, and Aunt Sarah!

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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

CC's Secret Cast, Part 1


Charlie Chan's Secret is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) and we start our movies/DVD's at 8:30.
It has the superb cast that we have come to count on with the Fox Chans:
Warner Oland: Charlie Chan
Rosina Lawrence: Alice Lowell
Charles Quigley: Dick Williams, her fiance
Henrietta Crossman: Henrietta Lowell
Edward Trevor: Fred Gage, Janice's husband
Astrid Allwyn: Janice Lowell Gage
Herbert Mundin: Baxter, the butler
Jonathan Hale: Warren T. Phelps, the Lowell lawyer
Egon Brecher: Ulrich, the caretaker
Gloria Roy: Carlotta, the medium
Ivan Miller: Morton, of Homicide
Arthur Edmund Carewe: Professor Bowen, Mrs. Lowell's advisor on psychic research
William Bailey: Detective Harris
Francis Ford: Captain of the Salvage Boat
James T. Mack: Fingerprint Man
Jerry Miley: Allen Colby
Landers Stevens: Coroner
Sid Jordan: Expert Marksman
Charles Ernest: Salvage Diver

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Charlie Chan at the Opera is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [EDT] and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30).
American Movie Classics aired this popular Chan on May 24, 1993, and Bob Dorian introduction . . . :
. . . [Boris Karloff was in a movie] called "Juggernaut" in England when he received a transatlantic telephone call.
It was 20th Century-Fox and they wanted Boris Karloff for the news Charlie Chan movie.
Now who better to play a patient in a mental hospital, suspected of murder, than Boris Karloff.*
The ads proclaimed it was a battle of wits--Chan versus Karloff--in the most exciting Chan movie ever made.
For once the ads didn't exaggerate because of Karloff's classic performance.
Now, as you may know, the inscrutable Oriental detective was never played by an actor of Chinese heritage, unfortunately.+
As a matter of fact, Warner Oland was born in Sweden, which was as far as you could possibly get.^
In each Charlie Chan picture, the leading character was sent to an exotic foreign capital or he was placed in a very special world like the circus or the race track.
This entry in the Chan series sees the detective at the Opera.
Oscar Levant and William Kernell actually wrote a opera called "Carnival," specifically for this movie.**
For some reason it was banned in German by special order of the Reich censor.++
Now, remember, this was in May of 1936, three years before World War II was to begin.
What did the German government find objectionable about a Charlie Chan movie?
I don't know.^^
Maybe you can figure it out along with Warner Oland and me in "Charlie Chan at the Opera" . . . .
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[Epilogue:]
Keye Luke, Charlie Chan's # 1 Son, he was originally an artist and designed movie posters and things like that before turning to action as a second career.
And what an amazing career Keye Luke had.
In addition to gaining worldwide fame in the Charlie Chan series, he was one of Hollywood's biggest character actors.
He and continuing roles in the Dr. Kildare series,*** remember those, and he played the Green Hornet's assistant, Kato, in two series during the 40's.+++
And he appeared as guest in more television series than probably I would have time to mention.
His credits included "Fireside Chats," "Star Trek," "Charlie's Angles," as well as his memorable role as Master Po in the series, "Kung Fu."
That was a great series, too.
He wasn't always regulated to playing Chan's # 1 Son.
He finally got to play Chan himself and that was on a Saturday morning cartoon called "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan."
Sounds like a rap group, doesn't it?
He's still active in Hollywood today.
He was recently seen in "Gremlins."
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*Boris Karloff may have been in the asylum at the beginning of the movie but there is no mention of any crime he might have committed before he was committed. AMC was already starting to screw up!
+Wrong, again, o great kemo sabe! Charlie Chan had been portrayed by George Kuwa in the silent 1925 The House Without a Key and Kamiyama Sojin in the 1927 The Chinese Parrot.
^Kamiyama Sojin (if not both actors) was born in Japan.
**Levant supposedly agreed to compose the opera because he could finally write one where SOMEBODY said "Silencio!"
++Since when was Germany THE arbiter of American taste in the 30s and 40s?
^^Miss Maven doesn't know either~~She would have bet on Charlie Chan at the Olympics being the one banned!!
***Except that they were pretty much the Dr. Gillespie series by then!
+++Does he mean the two Green Hornet serials?
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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Dictionary time for Charlie Chan at the Opera, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
(This still, courtesy of www.charliechan.info, shows Mme.
Lili Rochele, the prima donna in Inspector Regan's office.)
ARIA: (1) A Solo vocal piece with an instrumental accompaniment, as in an opera.
(2) An air, a melody.
BARITONE: A male singer or voice with a range higher than a bass and lower than a tenor.
BRACELETS (slang): handcuffs.
CANARY (slang): a singer.
CHAISE LONGUE (French: long chair): An elongated seat or couch with a support for the back at one end and a seat (or foot stool) long enough to support the longs and feet.
(Pronounced chase long)
CHOP SUEY (slang): A racial slur used at Asians or people of Asian ancestry.
COAGULATED: To have gathered together or formed into a thicker mass or group.
COLD TURKEY (slang): Someone who is aloof, apart from things.
DAME (archaic slang): A woman.
FIRECRACKER (slang): Someone or something reminiscent of (usually paper) cylinders that contain an explosive and a fuse that makes noise when set off.
HAM (slang): A performer who overacts or exaggerates.
HITTING THE PIPE (slang): Slur referring to opium pipe users.
HYPOTHESIS: A tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further and independent investigation.
INCOGNITO: The condition of having a disguised or concealed identity
JOINT (slang): building or "hangout."
MEPHISTO: Another name for Satan.
PRIMA DONNA: (1) The leading woman soloist in an opera company
(2) A temperamental, conceited person.
PUCCINl, VERDI, WAGNER: Three well-known composers of Operas: Giacomo Pucchini, Guseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner.
SOUP AND FISH (slang): A tuxedo or other men's evening wear. The earliest citation for "soup and fish" in the Oxford English Dictionary comes from a P. G. Wodehouse story in 1918, but it may be assumed that the phrase was in common usage for some time, probably since the 19th century, before Wodehouse invoked it.
TELETYPE: Tradename of a device that can send typed messages over telephone lines to a receiving device.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Here are some odds and ends to think about when we're watching Charlie Chan at the Opera for our Monday Night Chat Room at www.charliechan.com, at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) and starting our tapes and DVD's at 8:30.
Gravelle (Boris Karloff) was in a Chicago opera house fire on September 15, 1923. He was committed to the insane asylum in or near Los Angeles, CA, in 1929 (according to the movie).
This raises some questions:
What was he doing in the intervening years? Wondering? With or without his memory?
What about his then-wife, Lillie Rochelle? What was she doing when Gravelle was in the opera house fire? When did she divorce him? Was Mme. Rochelle even married to him since her second husband, Mr. Whitly, denied that she'd ever been married.
What does that do to Miss Kitty? Is that why we never hear what HER last name is?
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, where had they been and doing what?
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 and who WAS the director?
How did Lilli Rochelle keep her braids looking so good?
[Note: My Mother, Becky Truesdale, said that the braids were probably (and carefully!) tacked together with needle and thread. Watch and decide for yourself and see if you can come up with a better explanation!]
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Now a bonus question!
What did Mr. Arnold, the stage manager, have in
common with Charlie Chan?
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They were both called Pop!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Charlie Chan at the Opera, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie,* has a superb cast--from William Demarest up to and including Boris Karloff!
Warner Oland: Charlie Chan
Boris Karloff: Gravelle
Keye Luke: Lee Chan
William Demarest: Sergeant Kelly
Guy Usher: Inspector Regan
Margaret Irving: Mme. Rochelle
Gregory Gaye: Enrico Barelli
Nedda Harrigan: Mme. Anita Barelli
Frank Conroy: Mr. Whitely
Charlotte Henry: Kitty Rochelle
Thomas Beck: Phil Childers
Maurice Cass: Mr. Arnold
Tom McGuire: Unidentified (script name: Morris)
John Bleifer: Murdered Orderly
Stanley Blystone: Backstage Cop (who shoots Gravelle)
Benson Fong: Opera Exta
Selmer Jackson: Hudson, wire-photo technician
Gladden James: Secretary
Fred Kelsey: Dugan, Policeman
Lee Shumway: Sanatorium Guard
Hilda Vaughn: Agnes
Emmett Vogan: Smitty, wire-photo technician
Joan Woodbury: Dancer
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*Our Chat Room is at www.charliechan.info and starts at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT), we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Blooper time for Charlie Chan at the Opera, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 PM to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30).
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
The newspaper section that Gravelle tears up at the beginning of the movie has a headline with the number "7" spelled out as "seven." In the Inspector's office, the headline has the number "7" written in Arabic (7).
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
When Lee is backstage at the Opera House and goes down the trap door, his back is to the wall as he walks down the staircase.
The camera goes to a shot of him from below and he is now climbing down a ladder with his right side to the wall.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

I would like to share an email that I received in 2002 about Charlie Chan at the Opera, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [EDT], we start our movies/DVD's at 8:30).
I had sent an email about Boris Karloff's appearance in CC at the Opera to Sara Karloff's (and the only official) website for her father at www.karloff.com. (It's well-worth visiting.)
(Left to right: Bela Lugosi (Jr.), Sara Karloff, and Ron Chaney;
courtesy of www.lonchaney.com.)
She was kind enough to send me a reply on June 16, 2002:
Thank you for your lovely email. I always enjoy hearing from my father's fans.
I know from interviews my Father did that the set of Charlie Chan was sheer chaos with script changes every scene, actually being written as they were being shot.
There is a wonderful biography on my Father written by Scott Nolan in which that is one of the films he discusses.
Have a lovely summer.
Sara Karloff

Monday, October 10, 2005

The Scarlet Clue* has a lone blooper . . . that I know of anyway!
Birmingham Brown's screams don't match the way his mouth movies when he's caught in the Hamilton Lab between the lightning "lamps."
. . .
How about a bonus question?
What does The Scarlet Clue have in common with Charlie Chan in Panama?
(Not the best picture of Virginia Brissac but she was frequently made-up as to be difficult to recognize as in "The Ghost Breakers" and "Saratoga Trunk.")
Their bad guys were bad girls!!
In Panama, it was Mary Nash!
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*Our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (EDT), we start our tapes at 8:30.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Lillian the Librarian here with our Charlie Chan Dictionary for The Scarlet Clue, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], we start our tapes at 8:30.).
BATTLE-AX (or BATTLE-AXE) (slang): a woman held to be antagonistic or overbearing.

GOLDDIGGER (informal): A woman who seeks money and expensive gifts from her benefactor.
MUG (informal): (1) The human face; the area of the human mouth, chin, and jaw; a grimace, a mug shot.
(2) A thug, a hoodlum.
MUG SHOT: A photograph of a person's face, especially one made for police files.
RADAR: (1) A method of detecting distant objects and determining their position, velocity or other characteristics by analysis at very high frequency radio waves reflected from their surfaces.
(2) The equipment used in such detection.
TELETYPE: Trademark name of a device that can send typed messages over telephone lines to a receiving device.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

I Love a Mystery!
I know! I know!
What does that have to do with Charlie Chan?!
But the old Carleton Morse radio series-turned-movie isn't off-topic this week.
Our next Monday Night Chat Room Movie* is The Scarlet Clue and is set partially around radio and television studios.
The I Love a Mystery series was one of the most popular ones on radio with fifteen minute episodes a weekday over a three week period. I still enjoy listening to "The Thing That Cried in the Night" with Mercedes McCambridge.
The reason that I bring up "ILM" is because it was one of so many radio shows that ended up on television in the fifties, from Jack Benny to Inner Sanctum with its creaking door.
You can find many of them at OTRcat at www.otrcat.com and you can buy the shows in either MP3 format or audio CD's.
I have several of both. Two that are perfect for Halloween are Orson Welles' War of the Worlds that he did on his Mercury Theatre on the Air.
The other is a CD of two Suspense shows. Robert Taylor in The House in Cypress Canyon (December 5, 1946 and it still spooks me!) and Agnes Moorehead in The 13th Sound (February 13, 1947). The 13th Sound isn't Moorehead's best but nobody can come near doing it as well.
I have also seen reproductions of old cathedral radios that also play audio cassettes as well as CD's.
So while you are enjoying The Scarlet Clue, think seriously about getting some old time radio shows!
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*Our Monday Night Movie Chat Room is at www.charliechan.info, from 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (EDT) with our tapes/DVD's starting at 8:30.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

WANTED:
*
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
For Skullduggery and
Fighting in Public
In the First Degree~~
Do Not Approach These
Perps Yourself~~
They Are to be
Considered Wacky!
Contact Your Local
Police at 555.1357
Immediately!
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*This is from The Scarlet Clue, 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.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The Scarlet Clue is the next Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. [EDT], starting
our tapes/DVD's at 8:30).
(This still of the Hamilton Lab is courtesy
of www.charliechan.info.)
The cast of characters includes such veterans as Virginia Brissac (who is usually hidden makeup like Ghost Breakers) an Jack North (the ubiquitous drunk):
Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland: Birmingham Brown
Virginia Brissac: Mrs. Marsh
Ben Carter: Ben Carter
Robert Homans (as Robert E. Homans): Captain Flynn
Jack Norton: Willie Rand
Janet Shaw: Gloria Bayne
Helen Devell (as Helen Devereaux): Diane Hall
Victoria Faust: Hulda Swenson
Kernan Cripps: Detective
J. Stanford Jolley: Ralph Brett
Charles Jordan: Nelson
Milton Kibbee: Herbert Sinclair
Reid Kilpatrick: William Chester
Frank Mayo: Detective Hodge
Leonard Mudie: Horack Karlos
Tom Quinn: Chemist
Charlies Sherlock: Sergeant McGraw
Emmett Vogan: Mr. Hamilton
Charles Waggenheim: Raucsh
Crane Whitley: Cooper