Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Charlie Chan in Reno has quite a range of character actors, from Slim Summerville to Kane Richmond and Ricardo Cortez to Eddie Collins!
(An interesting lobby card that's possibly Czech;
courtesy of www.charliechan.info.)
Here's the cast of credits to see how many you can guess right before our Monday Night Chat at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time:
Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Ricardo Cortez: Dr. Ainsley
Phyllis Brooks: Vivian Wells
Slim Summerville: Sheriff Tombstone Fletcher
Kane Richmond: Curtis Whitman
Victor Sen Yung (as Sen Yung): Jimmy Chan
Pauline Moore: Mary Whitman
Eddie Collins: The Gabby Cabbie
Kay Linaker: Mrs. Wayne Russell
Louise Henry: Jeanne Bentley
Robert Lowery: Wally Burke
Charles D. Brown: Chief of Police King
Iris Wong: Choy Wong
Morgan Conway: George Bentley
Hamilton MacFadden: Night Clerk
Arthur Rankin: the Bellhop
Fred Delsey: Reno Desk Sergeant
Virginia Sale: The Maid Who is Missing a Passkey
Stanley Blystone: Lineup Officer
Jimmy Aubrey: Lineup Wiseguy ("Me # 3 Son)
Brooks Benedict: Man in Line-Up
Heinie Conklin: Policeman
Bobby Hale: Undetermined Role
Chuck Hamilton: Policeman
Harry Hayden: Chemistry Professor
Dick Hogan: Jack, College Boy
Al Kikume: Honolulu Policeman
Barbara MacLain: College Girl
Hank Man: "Injured" Con Man/Casino Extra
Imboden Parish: Undetermined Role
Jack Perry: Rough Drunk
Edwin Stanley: Police Chemist
Blue Washington: Man in Line-Up

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Charlie Chan in Reno has a few bloopers in it.
You might want to keep an eye out for them during our Monday Night Chat Room Viewing tonight at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time.
Right at the beginning of the movie, Vivian Wells (Phyllis Brooks) comes out to great Mary Whitman (Pauline Moore)as she's signing the register.
You'll see Dr. Ainsley (Ricardo Cortez) pass by at least twice in the background.
When Mary Whitman and Vivian Wells are seated together at a table in the bar, and you can notice that Wells (Brooks) is smoking a cigarette. Pay close attention to the cigarette during this scene, as you will notice that it goes from just a little stub burnt down to the filter . . . to a full cigarette, etc. . . . etc. (Courtesy of Chad Bennett)
Vivian Wells is wearing a short-sleeved gown during this part of the movie.
How does Charlie know at the end of the movie that the jacket she has on in that scene isn't what she wore at the start of the movie?!
And we never do find out what happened to Jimmy's clothes or to his friend's car, do we?!

Monday, November 28, 2005

What does Charlie Chan in Paris have in common with Charlie Chan in Shanghai, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time)?
Number One Son, Lee, pops in town on business to help "Pop!"

Shanghai Trivia

What does Charlie Chan in Paris have in commom with Charlie Chan in Shanghai?
(Both stills are courtesy of www.charliechan.info.)
Lee makes sure he's in town on "business" so he can help Pop!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Charlie Chan Sings!
And beautifully as well we know from Charlie Chan in Shanghai, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time.
Warner Oland, our Chan in Shanghai, helped make history in 1927 as Cantor Rabinowitz to Al Jolson's Jakie Rabinowhitz in "The Jazz Singer."
This was the movie that shot Hollywood kicking and screaming into the "talkie" era and the movies haven't turned back!
Charlie Chan fans are lucky enough to have our own Oland song when Warner Oland sings to the little children traveling with him to Shanghai by ship.
We have an added bonus in that "Princess Ming Lo Fu" refers to another series of films that Oland made--albeit a short one--as Fu Manchu.
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Princess Ming Lo Fu:
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Long the journey, hard the way,
But his heart was gay,
For, was he not a Prince both strong and brave,
Vowed a princess fair to save?
And he slew the dreadful dragon,
Even cut off his seven heads;
And in this cave he found the Princess
Bound in her lowly bed.
Then came they both back to the land
Of the mighty Emperor Fu Manchu,
To claim his reward, the dainty hand
Of lovely Ming Lo Fu."

Friday, November 25, 2005

Things to look for while watching Charlie Chan in Shanghai, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time:
Lee tells Charlie that he's in Shanghai for "oil for the lamps of China"--an "in" joke because that was the movie that Lee had just made before starting Shanghai!
Who booby-trapped the presentation box for Charlie and when?
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
Is Charlie scary when he slowly walks into the scene where Lee is calling the police after somebody shoots at Charlie in bed?
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
Where was Charlie for the hour between when he leaves James Andrews/Russell Hicks rooms and when Andrews/Hicks arrives at Charlie's hotel room?
What kind of exotic dance is that girl doing in The Versailles Cafe?

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving
from Virginia,
Lillian, Etta Kit~~
Now Let's Go
Gobble Till
We Wobble!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Shanghai Cast

We have a creditable cast in Charlie Chan in Shanghai, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time]).
You know you're in for a good time with the lives of such veterans as Russell Hicks, Halliwell Hobbes and Frederick Vogeding to join Warner Oland as Charlie Chan!
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
Warner Oland: Charlie Chan
Irene Hervey: Diana Woodland
Jon Hall (as Charles Locher): Philip Nash
Russell Hicks: James Andrews
Keye Luke: Lee Chan
Halliwell Hobbes: Colonel Watkins, Police Commissioner
Frederick Vogeding (Frederick Vogeding): Ivan Marloff (mistakenly listed as "Burke" in on-screen credits)
Neil Fitzgerald: Unidentified (Script Name: Dain)
Max Wagner: Taxi Driver Henchman
Lynn Bari: Second Hotel Switchboard Operator (?)
Luke Chan: Reporter
Jack Chefe: Reporter
Frank Darien: Bespectacled Tourist in Versailles Cafe
Harrison Greene: Tourist in Versailles Cafe
Charles Haefeli: Crook on Boat
Eddie Hart: "G"-Man
Russell Hopton: "G"-Man
Gladden James: Forrest, Valet
Colin Kenny: Reporter
Eddie Lee: Servant
James B. Leong: Shanghai Police Operator
Torben Meyer: French Diplomat
Moy Ming: Sun Wong
Pat O'Malley: Belden
Jimmy Phillips: Reporter
Regina Rambeau: (?)
Pat Somerset: Reporter
Harry Strang: Chauffeur
Phil Tead: Reporter
Sammee Tong: (?)
David Torrence: Sir Stanley Woodland
Guy Usher: President of Shanghai Chamber of Commerce
Jehm Wong: Richshaw Boy at Dock
Walter Wong: Waiter
Joy Ling (aka Bo Ling): Lee's Telephone Girlfriend
(Courtesy of www.charliehan.info.(

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Warner Oland

Here is some Warner Oland trivia for Charlie Chan in Shanghai, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time]) at www.charliechan.info:
Warner Oland was able to show off his singing voice in The Jazz Singer (Al Jolson's father, Cantor Rabinowitz) and at the beginning of Shanghai when he sings to the children.
The irony is that this song refers to another of Oland's Oriental roles as Fu Manchu!
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.net)
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"Princess Ming Lo Fu
(Courtesy of www.chalriechan.info)
Long the journey, hard the way,
But his heart was gay,
For, was he not a Prince both strong and brave,
Vowed a princess fair to save?
And he slew the dreadful dragon,
Even cut off his seven heads;
And in this cave he hound the Princess
Bound in her lowly bed.
Then came they both back to the land
Of the mighty Emperor Fu Manchu,
To claim his reward, the dainty hand
Of lovely Ming Lo Fu."
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Rush Glick reports that Warner Oland had a schnauser namedShaggedy Ann whom he evidently cherished.
When Shaggedy Ann had puppies, one was apparently named "Princess Ming Lo Fu," certainly based on the title characther of this little song!

Monday, November 21, 2005

There's good news today!
Not only do we get to watch The Black Camel in Rush Glick's www.charliechan.info as the Monday Night Chat Room Movie (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time], we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30). . . .
Rush has posted his schedule of movies for Monday nights in December!!
December 5 - Charlie Chan in Reno
December 12 - Charlie Chan in Dangerous Money
December 19 - The Sky Dragon
December 26 - Charlie Chan in Honlulu
And I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Hanukkah!

Not So Black Camel Trivia

Here's some not so Black Camel camel trivia!
There are two types of camels:
And some camel humor from http://www.1487th.org:

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Black Camel Trivia

The Black Camel Trivia:
Can you name the three different Chan movies where Charlie drives a car himself?
First is in The Black Camel, right after he's learned how to drive.
Second is in Charlie Chan at the Olympics.
Third (or Second-and-a-half if you want to be picky!) is in The Shanghai Cobra.
We don't actually SEE him driving but Tommy and Birmingham tease him about Charlie's ticket for U-turning. . . .
No, you turn here. . . .
Never mind!
Okay.
I know this still (from www.charliechan.info) doesn't have anything to do with Charlie Chan driving.
I love it because it makes Charlie look like he could be holding Dracula (aka Bela Lugosi) up!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Chan Children

Etta Kit here, back again with a rerun of a post about Charlie Chan's delightful children's appearance in The Black Camel.
(That's our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time].)
Their respectful treatment is amazing as when # 1 Daughter requests "C'mon, Pop, spill the beans!"
And how about when Charlie tries to tell them that he's still working on the case, he gets "Ah, that's a lot of applesauce!"
The Chan sons are just as delightful!
"Ah, baloney!"
Such sweethearts!

Friday, November 18, 2005

The Black Camel, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie*, has quite a cast.
You know you're in for a special evening when you have the likes of Robert Young (Marcus Welby, M.D.), Bela Lugosi and Dwight Frye from Dracula to Mary Gordon, Mrs. Hudson to Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes!
How many of these great character actors can you place by name?
(Charlie Chan [Warner Oland] and Tarneverro [Bela Lugosi] in the lobby of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii)
Warner Oland: Charlie Chan
Bela Lugosi: Tarneverro
Robert Young: Jimmy Bradshaw
Victor Varconi: Robert Fyfe
J.M. Kerrigan: Thomas MacMaster
Marjorie White: Rita Ballou
Mary Gordon: Mrs. MacMaster
Robert Humans: Chief of Police
Dwight Frye: Jessop
Sally Eilers: Julie O'Neill
Violet Dunn: Anna
Dorothy Revier: Shelah Fane
Richard Tucker: Wilkie Ballou
Otto Yamaoka: Kashimo
Rita Rozelle: Luana
William Post, Jr.: Alan Jaynes
Louise Mackintosh: (Undetermined)
Hamilton McFadden: Movie Director
Melvin Paoa: Hawaiian Beach Boy
Ivy Ling [aka Bo Ling]: Number One Chan Daughter
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*At www.charliechan.info at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time).

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The Black Camel Bloopers

It's Blooper Time for The Black Camel, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time])!
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info.)
Right off we have Shelah Fane and the Hawaiian boy shifting positions depending on the camera angles.
Keep an eye on her hair color as she leaves the beach and goes into her dressing tent. Julie O'Neill (her secretary) also seems to have hair color changes.
(A good point from Rush Glick: Fane may have been wearing a wig.)
When Julie O'Neill pulls up in her car, she parks behind Alan Jaynes in his, waiting for Shelah. She leaves her tent a few minutes later and goes out and to the right and out of sight instead of straight ahead to his car.
Yet she's in that very car in the next scene.
She gets out of his car for her appointment with Tarnevarro and asks Jane to be early for her party that night.
He promises to come "hours early."
So why does she apparently leave him waiting?
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info.)
We first meet Tarnevarro with Mr. and Mrs. MacMasters who refer to him as Jimmy. We find out later his first name is really "Arthur."
Why?
Tarnevarro tells Charlie Chan that he is not in Honlulu for professional reasons, as in reading fortunes.
He later admits in Charlie's car that Shelah came to him since for that very reason.
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info.)
If Alan Janes really loved Shelah Fane, why does he keep trying to get out of town instead of staying and trying to find her killer? (Courtesy of Becky Truesdale)
Why doesn't Charlie see Tarnevarro or Julie O'Neill picking up the scattered pieces of Danny Mayo's torn picture.
On the second day, Charlie talks to the MacMasters about having talked to them that morning.
Possibly such a scene was made and either deleted or never added.
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info,
contributed by Gene Lue.)
The biggest blooper of The Black Camel??
Why didn't anyone who knew Danny Mayo figure out that Tarnevarro looked so much like him to be brothers?!?!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Some of the images of Hawaii that we DON'T get to see in the location shots of Charlie Chan's The Black Camel is a volcano!
(Kilauea, Hawaii)
One of these shacks could belong to Luana, Mr. Smith's "friend":
How about the Sun Parlor in a 1920's Volcano House?!
How about the exteriour view of the Volcano House"?!
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*Our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time).

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Black Camel

The Black Camel.*
What do you see in your mind's eye?
Warner Oland and Bela Lugosi?
Or Oland's Charlie Chan getting after his assistant Kashimo?!
What about the blue waves of the Pacific Ocean with surfers on their boards, hoping for "the big one" to crest and carry them to the next wave?!
Wouldn't you love to stayed in the beautiful and glamorous Royal Hawaiian Hotel and come away with a Panama Hat like Charlie's?!
I found lots of neat pictures to go with The Black Camel so sit back and enjoy!
(From the postcard:
"This real photo postcard shows
'Air view of Waikiki Beach,
Diamond Head, Moana and
Royal Hawaiian Hotels.'")
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*It's our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and we start our tapes/movies at 8:30. Those who don't have our movie are urged to come too since we cover a lot more territory than just the movie!

Monday, November 14, 2005

The Game's Afoot!

Ever hear of getting a leg (or two!) up?
Or Sherlock Holmes' game being afoot?!
Birmingham Brown doesn't look like he's sure just what is going on in The Golden Eye, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern] and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30).

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Charlie Chan and the Golden Eye is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern) and we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30.
Good old Charlie gives us a lesson in detecting the good guys from the bad.
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
In case anyone needs a remedial course, here is what a basic Nun's habit looks like (plus what the parts of her clothes are called).
See if you can figure which is fake (the answer is at the bottom of the page).
Exhibit One
Exhibit Two
(Courtesy of www.return2style.de/)
You might also want to check out The Nun's Story (1959) with Audrey Hepburn and Peter Finch, one of my favorites; or The Sound Of Music, Julie Andrews' 1965 movie.
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You picked right if you chose Exhibit Two!
You win time off for good sleuthing to go watch The Golden Eye!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

San Francisco's Old Chinatown, Part 1

San Francisco's Old Town was an article by Commissioner Jesse B. Cook (1860 to 1938). He began as a beat officer in the late 1880s and became a sergeant in the "Chinatown Squad." Cook became Chief of Police after the earthquake hit in 1906 and later appointed onto the Police Commission.
[You can find this article at http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist9/cook.html.]
There is more to his biography which I will include in future installments of his description of Chinatown's conditions in San Francisco prior to the "Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906" from the perspective of a "Chinatown Squad" member.
San Francisco's Chinatown has been known to me since childhood, when it occupied only Sacramento Street, Kearny Street, and halfway up Stockton Street. One of my early recollections was attendance at the First Baptist Sunday School in 1866. It was then located on the north side of Washington Street, about 100 feet east of Stockton.
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Chinese at that time were coming in from the Orient at about 1,4000 on every steamer. True it is, they had been coming in since 1848, but relatively few at a time. Therefore, there was quite a number of the pioneer Chinese here in the days of the old "gold fever." These Chinese had come on the old Pacific Mail steamers. The customs house officers would search each Chinaman as well as his baggage, and then chalk-mark him with a cross. After a sufficient number had been marked to fill up a good-sized express wagon, it was the custom to throw all baggage onto the wagon and place each Chinaman on top of his belongings. It was a common sight to see these express wagons going west on Brannan (the old Pacific Mail docks were located on First and Brannan Streets) to Third Street, along Third Street of Market Street, crossing Market Street to Kearny, and along Kearny to Sacra mento Street were they would be discharged to go to the different "companies" to which they belonged. Although all of these Chinese were from the province of Canton, they spoke different languages and dialects.
In way of explanation, there were for instance Hock Kah men; they were all barbers. Then again, there were See Yup men; they were all laboring men. The Sam Yups were all business men and they invariably controlled the business of Canton as well as the business in San Francisco's Chinatown. A See Yup man was not allowed to enter into competition with a Sam Yup. It was impossible for the See Yup men to get any goods at all from Canton as the merchants in Canton, China, would only sell to their own people, the Sam Yups.
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There were, of course, other provinces represented by the Chinese Six Companies. The Six Companies looked after the Chinese coming from their respective provinces in China. When sick, the Chinese were cared for by and through the Six Companies. This care lasted up to the time of death, when the Chinese Six Companies saw to it that proper burial was given. In due course, the bones of the Chinese were taken up and shipped back to their homes in China. This is a custom that has endure over the past centuries. The Chinese have a peculiar superstition that if they are not buried in China, it will be very unfortunate for the members of their families and for their descendants.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Lillian the Librarian here again with our Chan Dictionary entries from The Golden Eye, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern] and we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30).
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ASSAYER: One who examines metallurgic ore or compounds, for the purpose of determining the amount of any particular metal in the same, especially of gold or silver.
(Assayer's equipment)
OPIATE: (1) Any of various sedative narcotics containing opium or one or more of its natural or synthetic derivatives.
(2) A drug, hormone, or other chemical substance having sedative or narcotic effects similar to those containing opium or its derivatives: A natural brain opiate.
(3) Something that dulls the senses and induces relaxation or tupor.
(A poppy)
TETANUS: An acute, often fatal disease characterized by spasmodic contraction of voluntary muscles, especially those of the neck and jaw, and caused by the toxin of the bacillus "Clostridium tetani," which typically infects the body through a deep wound. Also called "lockjaw."
(An example of "lockjaw")

Thursday, November 10, 2005

What do Charlie Chan at the Race Track, Charlie Chan in Reno, Charlie Chan in Rio, Docks in New Orleans, and The Golden Eye have in common?
Charlie Chan smokes in each of them, for one reason or another!
While I'm at it . . . you might enjoy this lobby card from Rush Glick's www.charliechan.info.
Rush has lots of goodies at his website and you can find a link to it in the lower right-hand of this blog among several other great places to check out!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Charlie Chan and the Beverly Hillbillies

Tim Ryan is one of our regulars in our Charlie Chan movies!
(Roland West as Chan and Tim Ryan as "Lt. Mike,"
He played Lieutenant Mike Ruark in The Shangai Chest, The Golden Eye and The Sky Dragon.
He also played the bartender in Dead Men Tell and Foggy in Dark Alibi.
Ryan is also listed in www.imdb.com as contributing "additional dialogue" in Shangai Chest.
Tim Ryan was born in Bayonne, NJ, on July 5, 1899.
He died too young in Hollywood on October 22, 1956, of a heart attack.
(Courtesy of www.nndb.com)
We have a tie to The Beverly Hillbillies since Tim Ryan was married to Irene Ryan (who played Granny in the series) from 1922 to 1942 when they were divorced.
Tim Ryan, a valuable asset in Roland Winters' Charlie Chan movies!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Links!

The Charlie Chan Annex is pleased to announce a new addition to this blog.
It's a "Links" Section down at the bottom of this page, between "Previous Posts" and "Archives."
We have enjoyed them for sometime and hope you will too!

The Golden Eye is this week's Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern) and we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30.
The cast is a mixed bag because the actors are great but several of them had their scenes deleted from the final cut!
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
Plus . . . we have Sam Flint as Dr. Goves and George Spaulding as Dr. Gove (replaced by Sam Flint) and no "s" about it?!
Roland Winters: Charlie Chan
Wanda McKay: Evelyn Manning
Mantan Moreland: Birmingham Brown
Victor Sen Yung: Tommy Chan
Bruce Kellogg: Talbot Barlett
Tim Ryan: Lieutenant Mike Ruark
Evelyn Brent: Sister Teresa, Nurse
Ralph Dunn: Driscoll
Lois Austin: Mrs. Margaret Driscoll
Forrest Taylor: Manning
Lee 'Lasses' White: Pete
Herman Cantor: (scenes deleted)
Richard Loo: (scenes deleted)
Sam McDaniel: (Undetermined Role) (scenes deleted)
Tom Tyler: (scenes deleted)
Barbara Jean Wong: (scenes deleted)
Edmund Cobb: Miner
Geraldine Cobb: Girl in Riding Clothes
Babs Cox: Bathing Girl
Sam Flint: Dr. Goves
Lee Tong Foo: Wong Fai
Michael Gaddis: Purser
Jack Gargan: Voice from the Darkness
Mary Ann Hawkins: Bathing Girl
John Merton: Miner
George Spaulding: Dr. Grove (replaced by Sam Flint)
Bill Walker: (Undetermined Role)

Monday, November 07, 2005

Charlie Chan at the Race Track!*
That has to be one of the most evocative titles in the Chan Canon, what with the glamour, excitement and action of real horse-racing of the Melbourne Cup thrown it!
And for those times you just can't get enough of such things, you might check out the following:
A DAY AT THE RACES . . . What more do I need to say but The Marx Brothers! They try to come to the aid of love birds Allan Jones (who buys a horse he can't afford) and Maureen O'Sullivan (who needs the money Jones spent on the horse to save her business). This is a great entry of the Marx's movies but the best part for me is watching veterinarian Groucho trying to pass as an internist, especially in the scenes with his usually excellent foil, Margaret Dumont.
THE EX-MRS. BRADFORD . . . What do you call a Thin Man movie with William Powell when it isn't a Thin Man movie? There were actually several detective films that Powell did other than the Thin Man series and this is one of them. He was his usual dapper, suave self while finding out how a jockey died in the middle of a race track. And if you can do that, you're dang good!!
A weak link--for me, at least--is Jean Arthur. She and Powell play a couple who divorced because she kept trying to involve him in research for the mystery stories wrote. Her character is so irritating that you can understand why they were divorced. If you can get past the premise that they should have STAYED that way, you can enjoy watching the rest of the movie!
THE GARDEN MURDER CASE . . . This is a Philo Vance movie with Edmund Lowe as S.S. Van Dine's hero. This is only a nominal entry for the horsey set since it starts at a race track and quickly goes to Edgar Hammle's deluxe New York apartment. Gene Lockhart does an excellent job as Hammle, giving everybody around him good reason to do him in. Edmund Lowe does a good job as Vance in an great movie but you may end up with the feeling that they gave him the role because William Powell either wouldn't or couldn't take one more film as Philo.
SARATOGA . . . This is a good behind-the-scenes movie about horse races but has an unfortunate footnote to Hollywood history. Jean Harlow died when the movie was about 90% finished at the tragically young age of 26. She has never really given credit for being such a good comediene plus Harlow was surrounded by the likes of Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Pidgeon, etc., in this movie. It's said that many people watch this movie just to see if they can pick out which scenes have Jean Harlow and which ones have her double, Mary Dees.
Believe me, you don't pay somebody as much as they paid Jean Harlow and then NOT show her face so it's easy to tell which ones were done after her death.
SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN . . . This is William Powell at his best as Nick Charles with Myrna Loy as Nora Charles. The Charles inadvertently become involved in the murder of a jockey when they go to the race track.
Hmmm . . . sounds kind of familiar doesn't it?!
The Thin Man series are simply a must have in any film buff's collection!
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. . . or else!
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*Our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST) and we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30.