Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Happy Chinese New Year!

gong hay fat choy!
gong xi fa cai!

Charlie Chan History

In late January, 1931, Fox Films completed production of "Charlie Chan Carries On."
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info.)
In late January, 1937, Twentieth-Century Fox began production on "Charlie Chan at the Olympics."
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
In late January, 1940, Twentieth-Century Fox began production on "Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise."
(Courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
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Monday, January 30, 2006

Charlie Chan in Paris is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 to 10:00 PM (Eastern) and tapes/DVDs start at 8:30.
You might like to check out http://www.eijkhout.net/rad/dance-specific/apache1.html for the history of the Danse Apache that Charlie's assistant, Nardi, does in Le Singe Bleu.
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Charlie Chan History

Kamiyama Sojin, Charlie Chan in The Chinese Parrot, was born in Sendal, Japan, on January 30, 1884.
It mentions that the first three Chan movies were silents, The House Without a Key, The Chinese Parrot and Behind That Curtain.
I don't know if Behind That Curtain started out as a silent but I do have a copy of it as a talkie. It's technically a Chan movie since Earl Derr Biggers' character does appear briefly but it was made over as a vehicle for Warner Baxter!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Charlie Chan History

Twentieth Century-Fox released Castle in the Desert on January 27, 1942.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Jade Mask History

Monogram Pictures releases The Jade Mask on January 26, 1945.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Paris Actors

We have some great actors in Charlie Chan in Paris, our Monday Night Chat Room at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and starting our tapes and DVDs at 8:30.
They cover the spectrum from Keye Luke (whose movie career included 122 movies over 55+ years) to Thomas Beck (who only made 28 movies--four Chans and one Moto movie).
Plus Lynn Bari, veteran of perhaps the most infamous movie of the series--City of Darkness. She is supposed to be one of the night club patrons in Le Singe bleu.
Warner Oland: Charlie Chan
Keye Luke: Lee Chan
Thomas Beck: Victor Descartes
Mary Brian: Yvette Lamartine
Erik Rhodes: Max Corday
Murray Kinnell: Henri Latouche
Minor Watson: Inspector Renard
John Miljan: Albert Dufresne
Henry Kolker: Paul Lamartine
Ruth Peterson: Renee Jacquard
Dorothy Appleby: Nardi
Paul McVey: Detective LaVerne
Perry Ivins: Bedell, Lamartine's Secretary
John Qualen: Concierge, Dufresne's Hotel
Lynn Bari: Night Club Patron, Le Singe Bleu
Harry Cording: Gendarme Arresting Yvette
Gino Corrado: Pierre, Waiter
Martin Faust: Airport Cabbie
Richard Kipling: Master of Ceremonies at Le Singe Bleu
Wilfred Lucas: Doorman at Le Singe Bleu
Rolfe Sedan: Bank Teller
August Tollaire: Concierge at Nardi's Hotel
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Chan History

Charlie Chan History was busy today:
The Saturday Evening Post published installments of The House Without a Key (by Charlie's "Daddy," Earl Derr Biggers) between January 24 and February 25, 1925.
(Courtesy of Rush Glick's www.charliechan.info)
Fox Films released Charlie Chan's Chance on January 24, 1932.
(Courtesy of Rush Glick's www.charliechan.info)

Monday, January 23, 2006

A Jitterbuging Skeleton

Birmingham Brown makes mention of a "Jitterbuging" skeleton in The Chinese Cat, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and we start tapes/DVDs at 8:30.
Well, to quote Rush Glick (our Chat Room Host!), it's:
1) A strenuous dance performed to quick-tempo swing or jazz muxid and consisting of various two-step patterns embellished with twirls and sometimes acrobatic maneuvers.
2) One who performs this dance.
When the kids on American Bandstand were not Strolling, or Twisting, or Chalypsoing, they were usually Jitterbugging. The Jitterbug was a Philadelphia stapel, and there were many variations as there were Philadelphia neighborhoods. The cance began in the 1920s in the bars of Harlem and took the steps from the Shag and the Charleston. Although dancers did wild improvisational solos as part of the jitterbug, it was essentially a partner dance. In 1927, the solos gave rise to a new variation, the Lindy Hop, named after Charles Lindbergh, who had just made his historic solo flight across the Atlantic. The Jitterbug gained wide popularity in the thirties when Swing [music] was at its peak. During WW II, U.S. soldiers took the dance around the world and it was recognized as quintessentially American.
Even The Wizard of Oz got in the act with a Jitterbug scene that was deleted.
Makes you wonder if the Wicked Witch of the West really wanted to get her hot little fists on the Ruby Slippers to improve her Jitterbug!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

The Chinese Cat

The Chinese Cat is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 to 10:00 PM (Eastern) and we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30.
But when was the last time we remember Charlie and any of his sons are both accosted in the same movie?!
(Don't you love the trees in the lower left hand corner?! Maybe they were already getting environmentally friendly!)
Jimmy has his mouth open like a fly-trap!
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Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Chinese Cat

We have some things to watch for in The Chinese Cat, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 to 10:00 PM (Eastern) and tapes/DVDs start at 8:30.
Cy Kendall's character, Webster Deacon, is identified as "George" Deacon in the newspaper.
The Chans' hotel room looks out onto the same hall as in The Scarlet Clue. (Courtesy of Jim Mueller)
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

San Francisco's Old Chinatown, Part 3

San Francisco's Old Chinatown
by Commissioner Jesse B. Cook
Former Chief of Police
[This photo of an alleyway in Chinatown is in place of the one I couldn't pull up from the original article.]
In regard to the gambling games in Chinatown--my first trip to Chinatown was in 1889 as a patrolman in a squad. At that time there were about 62 lottery agents, 50 fan tan games and eight lottery drawings in Chinatown. In the 50 fan tan gambling houses the tables numbered from one to 24, according to the size of the room.
The game was played around a table about ten feet long, four feet high and four feet wide. On this table was a mat covering the whole top. In the center of the mat was a diagram of a twelve-inch square, each corner being numbered in Chinese characters, one, two, three and four.
At the head of the table sat a lookout or gamekeeper. At the side was the dealer. This man had a Chinese bowl and a long bamboo stick with a curve at the end, like a hook. In front of him, fastened to the table, was a gab containing black and white buttons. He would scoop down into the sack with his bowl and raise it, turning it upside down on the table. The betting would then start.
After the bets were made, the dealer would raise the bowl and start to draw down the buttons, drawing for buttons at a time. The Chinese would make their bets at the drawing down of the buttons. The dealer would draw down until one, two, three or even four buttons would be left. Sometimes the Chinese would bet that the last four buttons would be all white, all black, or that there would be a mixture of black and white buttons.
The construction of the gambling rooms was very interesting. There was a large door two inches thick, of heavy oak, seasoned and studded with bolts. The door jamb and the outer front were the same, but on the back of the door was a large bar on a swivel with two cleats on each side. When the door was slammed, the Chinese could turn the swivel and lock the door in order to keep the police from entering. Of course, because of the bolts studded on the door, it could not very well be chopped down.
Along side the door was a little room with a window, where the lookout sat. He held the strings controlling, and was there to watch everyone that entered. On entering, you would pass through a hallway about ten feet long, then through another door, either right or left, into a hall of about the same length, which would lead into the game. Three doors generally had to be passed through before reaching the game. the halls were always arranged so that if the police got through the first door, they had to pass through a second door, which, of course, would be locked. By the time they finally got to the game room, all evidence would be removed.
[Part one was posted on 11/12/05.
Part two was posted on 1/7/06.]
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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Chinese Cat

It's time again for The Chinese Cat for our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 to 10:00 PM (Eastern time) and we start our tapes/DVDs at 8:30.
(Charlie Chan and Tommy Chan with Luke Chan as Wu Song!)
Since you can't tell the players without a programme! . . .
[Especially since Jack Norton isn't doing his usual drunk and Luke Chan isn't a Chan but Wu Song!]
Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Joan Woodbury: Leah Manning
Mantan Moreland: Birmingham Brown, Taxi Driver
Benson Fong: Tommy Chan, # 3 Son
Ian Keith: Dr. Paul Rebnik
Cy Kendall: Webster Deacon
Weldon Heyburn: Detective Lt. Harvey Dennis
Anthony Warde (as Anthony Ward): Catlen
John Davidson: Carl Karzoff/Kurt Karzoff
Dewey Robinson: Salos
I. Stanford Jolley (as Stan Jolley): Gannet
Betty Blythe: Mrs. Manning
Jack Norton: Hotel Desk Clerk
Luke Chan: Wu Song
George Chandler: Hotel Doorman
Sam Flint: Thomas P. Manning
Terry Frost: Policeman giving parking ticket

Monday, January 16, 2006

Jesse Owens, Part 3

This is the final part of our tribute to Jesse Owens, whose small part in Charlie Chan at the Olympics* doesn't begin to reflect the impact that he and his fellow American athletes had at the 1936 Olympics.
By the end of his sophmore year at Ohio State, Jesse realized that he could be successful on a more competitive level. Jesse entered the 1936 Olympics, which to many are known as the "Hitler Olympics." These games were to be held in Nazi Germany, and Hitler was going to prove to the world that the German "Aryan" people were the dominant race. Jesse had different plans, however, and by the end of the games even German fans cheered for him.
(A shot of the Hindenberg Zepplin without the swastikas brushed out, courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
Jesse was triumphant in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the broad jump. He was also a key member of the 400-meter relay team that won the Gold Medal. In all but one of these events Jesse set Olympic records. Jesse was the first American in the history of Olympic Track and Field to win four gold medals in a single Olympics.
(Aerial shots of two of the Berlin Olympic Venues)
Plus . . . who can pass up Charlie Chan, our Chinese Hero from the Polynesian Islands of Hawaii, besting Berlin's Best Coppers!
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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Jesse Owens, Part 2

I am continuing with Part 2 about Jesse Owens for Charlie Chan at the Olympics, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 to 10:00 PM, Eastern time, and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30).
At the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor on May 25, 1935, Jesse set three world records and tied a fourth, all in a span of about 45 minues. Jesse had an ailing back the entire week leading up to the meet in Ann Arbor. He had fallen down a flight of stairs, and it was questionable whether he would be physically be able to participate in the meet. He received treatment right up to race time. Confident the the treatment helped, Jesse persuaded the coach to allow him to run the 100-yard dash. Remarkably, each race timer had clocked him at an official 9.4 seconds, once again tying the world record. This convinced Owens' coach to allow him to participate in his other events. A mere fifteen minutes later, Jesse took his first attempt at the broad jump. Prior to jumping, Jesse put a hankerchief at 26 feet 2 1/2 inches, the distance of the world record. After such a bold gesture, he soared to a distance of 26 feet 8 1/4 inches, shattering the old world record by nearly 6 inches.
Disregarding the pain, Jesse proceeded to set a new world record in the 220-yard dash in 20.3 seconds, besting the old record by three-tenths of a second. Within the next fifteen minutes, Jesse was ready to compete in another event, this one being the 220-yard low hurdles. In his final event, Owens' official time was 22.6 seconds. This time would set yet another world record, beating the old record by four-tenths of a second. Jesse Owens had completed a task that had never been accomplished in the history of track and field. He had set three new world records and equaled a fourth.
[To be continued]
[Jesse Owens' 1936 Olympic Medals]
I'm just tired reading about his records!
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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Jesse Owens, Part 1

One thing that Charlie Chan at the Olympics* almost glosses over is Jesse Owens.
James Cleveland Owens was born in 1913 in a small town in Alabama to Henry and Emma Owens. When J.C. was eight, his parents decided to move the family to Cleveland, Ohio. . . . On his first day in class, when the teacher asked his name, she heard Jesse, instead of J.C. He would be called Jesse from that point on. . . .
One day in gym class, the students were timed in the 60-yard dash, When Coach Charlie Riley saw the raw, yet natural talent tha young Jesse had, he immediately invited him ot run for the track team. Although Jesse was unable to participate in after-school practices because of work, Coach Riley offered to train him in the mornings. Jesse agreed.
At Cleveland East Techical High School, Jesse became a track star. As a senior, he tied the world record in the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.4 seconds, only to tie it again while running in the Interscholastic Championships in Chicago. While in Chicago, he also leaped a distance of 24 feet 9 5/8 inches in the braod-jump.
Many colleges and universities tried to recruit Jesse; he chose to attend Ohio State University. Here Jesse met some of his fiercest competition, and not just on the track. The United States was still struggling to desegregate in 1933, which led to many difficult experiences for Jesse. He was required to live off campus with other African-American athletes. When he traveled with the team, Jesse could either order carryout or eat at "blacks-only" restaurants. Likewise, he slept in "blacks-only" hotels. On occasion, a "white" hotel would allow the black athletes to stay, but they had to use the back door, and the stairs instead of the elevator. Because Jesse was not awarded a scholarship from the university, he continued to wrk part-time to pay for school.
[To be continued]
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Friday, January 13, 2006

1936 Olympics - Germany

Our Monday Night Chat Room Movie* will be Charlie Chan at the Olympics.
I did some research in the actual 1936 Olympics as background to help appreciate what was at stake during the period covered in the movie.
In Berlin, dictator Adolf Hitler and his Nazi followers felt sure that the Olympics would be the ideal venue to demonstrate Germany's oft-stated racial superiority. He directed that $25 million be spent on the finest facilities, the cleanest streets and the temporary withdrawal of all outward signs of the state-run anti-Jewish campaign. By the time over 4,000 athletes from 49 countries arrived for the games, the stage was set.
[Jesse Owens]
Then Owens, a black sharecroppers's son from Alabama, stole the show - winning his three individual events and adding a fourth gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay. The fact that four other American blacks also won did little to please Herr Hitler, but the applause from the German crowds, especially for Owens, was thunderous. As it was for New Zealander Jack Lovelock's thrilling win over Glenn Cunningham and defending Champ Luigi Beccall in the 1,500 meters.
German won only five combined gold medals in men's and women's track and field, but saved face for the "master race" in the overall medal count with an 89 - 56 margin over the United States. . . .
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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Charlie Chan at the Olympics

Charlie Chan at the Olympics has a great cast of character actors.
We start our Monday Night Chat Room Movie (www.charliechan.info, 8 to 10 PM, Eastern Time) with Katherine De Mille as Yvonne Roland.
She's the infamous "Lady of the White Fox Fur!"
Who can forget Layne Tom, Jr. as Charlie Chan, Jr.?
With the possible exceptions of when he plays Willie Chan?!
And Pauline Moore, who also had such an impact in Reno.
[You have to look for her but she was one of Mae Clarke's bridesmaids in "Frankenstein!"
We also have several repeat performers, including C. Henry Gordon, John Eldredge and George Chandler of "Stew" fame in "Shanghai Cobra!"
Olympics also has two other ladies of note: Teresa Harris as a member of the US Team on the sidelines in Berlin. She's the only black actress in the Chan movies who DIDN'T play a maid!
Minerva Urecal [don't you love her name?] went from playing the Matron in the Girls' Dorm in the Berlin Olympic Village to the housekeeper in "The Trap" (the last Toler Chan).
I just wish we know what part John Carradine played before his scenes were cut out!
Warner Oland: Charlie Chan
Katherine De Mille: Yvonne Roland
Pauline Moore: Betty Adams
Keye Luke: Lee Chan
C. Henry Gordon: Arthur Hughes
John Eldredge: Mr. Cartwright
Lane Tom, Jr.: Charlie Chan, Jr.
Morgan Wallace: The Honorable Charles Zarakas
Frederick Vogeding (as Fredrik 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): Dr. Burton
John Carradine: (Scenes Deleted)
Brooks Benedict: Thug
Stanley Blystone: New York Policeman
Walter Bon: Polizei Officer
Don Brodie: Radio Announcer
Glen Cavender: Polizei Officer
George Chandler: Ship's Radio Operator
Hans Fuerber: Polizei Radio-Car Officer
Teresa Harris: Black US Team Member Rooting for Jesse Owens
Oscar "Dutch" Hendrian: Miller, Test Plane Hijacker
Selmer Jackson: Navy Commander
Edward Keane: Army Commander
Al Kikume: Uniformed Officer at Microphone/Desk in Police Station
Tommy Klein: Page Boy
Philip Morris: Cop
Virgil B. Nover: (Unknown)
Paul Panzer: German Undercover Officer Posing as Snack Vendor
John Peters: Polizei Radio-Car Officer
Caroline "Spike" Rankin: Miller's Landlady
Perry E. Seeley: (Unknown)
Lee Shuman: Cop
Minerval Urecal: Gang Member Posing as Olympics Matron
Dale Van Sickel: (Unknown)
Emmett Vogan: Ship's Officer
Wihelm von Brincken: Polizei Officer
Billy Wayne: Ship's Steward Guarding Stateroom
Frank Bruno: Footman
Tony Merio: (Unknown)
Louis Natheaux: (Unknown)
Bill Beggs: (Unknown)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Charlie Chan Makeup?!

I know that Charlie Chan at the Olympics is our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time], starting our tapes/DVD's at 8:30).
I couldn't pass up posting several pictures of Warner Oland in several stills that you may never have seen.
So sit back and enjoy!
The Daughter of the Dragon (1931) with Anna May Wong and Sessue Hayakawa:
The Return of Fu Manchu:
Den mystiske Dr. Fu Manchu

Sunday, January 08, 2006

A Bonus Murder?!

How about a Bonus Murder Over New York?
There are one or two things that you might want to keep in mind the next time you watch Murder Over New York, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time] and tapes/DVD's start at 8:30!)
What do MONY have in common with CC in London and CC at the Olympics?
What does MONY have in common with CC at Treasure Island?
Okay . . . the answers:
CC in London, at the Olympics and MONY all involved airplane development research.
As to Treasure Island and MONY, they both have Trevor Bardette as a Hindu.
(Although Shemp Howard as the fake Fakir was much funnier!)
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Saturday, January 07, 2006

San Francisco's Old Chinatown, Part 2

[This is the second part of a periodic series by San Francisco's former Chief of Police, Commissioner Jesse B. Cook (1860 - 1938). Part 1 was posted on November 12, 2005.]
We now come to the starting of the so-called "tongs," commonly known as the 'hi-binders." the first tong was the Chee Kung Tong. Every man coming from China became a member of this tong. It was never known to have been in any trouble, for the Six Companies looked after the Chinese and saw that they were properly cared for.
[The Six Companies looked after the Chinese coming from their respective provinces in China.]
In the early days, a Chinaman known as "little Pete," whose Chinese name was Fong Jing Tong, was interested in quite a number of slave dens, gambling places and lottery houses. The hoodlum element of Chinatown would make raids on these places and demand tribute money, or blackmail. It became so bad that Little Pete conceived the idea of forming tongs to protect his interests. The first tongs he started were the Bo Sin Sere and the Guy Sin Sere, and the guaranteed him absolute protection.
About this time there was another Chinaman, Chin Ten Sing, known as "Big Jim," who also had large interests in a great many gambling, lottery and slave houses. He saw the protection that Little Pete was getting, and as he had to turn to his own houses for protection, decided to start some tongs also. Among thm were the Suey Singsa, the Hop Sings and a number of others.
This proved very successful until the tongs started fighting among themselves over slave girls and gambling games. These wars sometimes lasted for several months.
At one time, I stood at the corner of Grant Avenue (then called Dupont Street) and Clay street with Patrolman Matheson (now Captain Matheson, City Treasurer), and ed Gibson, then a detective sergeant, talking about two tongs that were holding a meeting to settle their troubles. These tongs began fighting among themselves, and inside of a half-hour there seven Chinamen lying on the streets wounded; one on Waverly Pace, one on Clay Street, two in Spofford Alley, two in Ross Alley, and one on Jackson Street. The one in Waverly Place was shot, the bullet cutting the artery in his arm. Captain Matheson and myself took this Chinaman out of the shop where he fell, and stopped the flow of blood by means of a tourniquet. The physician later told us that if this had not been done the Chinaman would have died.
[To Be Continued]
This article is from The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco at http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist9/cook.html.

New Yorkese

Lillian the Librarian here again for Murder Over New York, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time] and tapes/DVD's start at 8:30).
We have several entries into "New Yorkese" or words that we'll find in the movie:
(Canarsie Logo)
CANARSIE (geographic): A part of Brooklyn, New York.
FIFTH COLUMN: A clandestine subversive organization working within a country to further an invading enemy's military and political aims.
GAT (slang): A pistol.
HINDU: (1) An adherent of Hinduism.
(2) A native of India, especially of Northern India.
LAVALIER: A jeweled pendant worn on a chain around the neck.
MUG (as used - informal): The human face.
SPRUNG (slang): To cause to be released from prison or other confinement.

Friday, January 06, 2006

New York Goings-On

Does Mrs. Chan know about Charlie's goings-on in New York?!
Or any of the other possible hanky-panky goings on?!
(Contributed by William Armstrong to
Certainly there were things going on in Murder Over New York, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at wwww.charliechan.info (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM [Eastern Time], tapes and DVD's start at 8:30).
What WERE the writers thinking when they had Richard Jeffrey going to Ralph Percy's apartment after the dinner party.
Way late after the dinner party.
On "business."
So what would you go to somebody's home that late for business and expect to get paid for it?!
And what did the writers have in mind having Charlie visit not one but two ladies so late that they had both undressed for the night?!
And separately at that?!
If anybody had done that in Fort Worth, TX, in 1939, gossip would have been running rampantly early the next morning!
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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?

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The man who runs it is Doug Palmer, with the incomparable Tory, a stately grey schnauzer like the ones that Warner Oland kept!
Doug has sent us a "new" old movie called The Missing Corpse.
Is it a Chan movie?
It does have Chan movie veterans:
J. Edward Bromberg, the editor Murdock in Charlie Chan on Broadway, is Henry Kruger (complete with mustache!).
Archie Twitchell, Carter Lane in Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum, plays Officer Jimmy Trigg under the name of Michael Brandon.
You'll recognize other members of the cast like Frank Jenks, Paul Guilfoyle, Ben Weldon and Charles Coleman as "Eggbert," the butler!
The title of this post, "Button, Button, Who's Got the Button!" is an old saying that fits the plot of this movie.
J. Edward Bromberg threatens Paul Guilfoyle for his coverage of Bromberg's daughter (Lorell Sheldon in her only movie as Phyllis Kruger) in the paper.
Bromberg doesn't get much more satisfaction from his family so he decides to hightail it out of town without telling anybody.
Except for Frank Jenks, his chauffeur, who comes in handy disposing of the dead body of MacDonald in the trunk of Kruger's car.
They spend the rest of the movie hiding the body and then hiding it again after person after person after person keeps finding it.
The only two people who can't seem to find it are the motorcycle cop after Bromberg and the person who did kill MacDonald!
I think we could all use a stiff drink right about now!
Thanks, Doug!
Now I know where the corpse is!
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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Murderous Bloopers!

New York has bloopers, too!
At least in Murder Over New York is our next Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
Right at the start of the movie, the American Airlines airplane sits on the tarmac with its nose in the air but the camera shots inside show the passengers are all level, parrallel to the ground.
It's either an metaphysical marvel or the writers needed to brush up on their physics lessons!
And when Charlie and Hugh Drake land in New York, the mountains in the background make the airport more likely to be in Los Angeles.
Or (more likely) the Burbank Airport.
Why is there a discrpency between Charlie's flight's scheduled arrival and when they actually land? (Courtesy of Rush Glick.)
When Charlie, Jimmy and Inspector Vance are talking on the tarmac at the New York Airport, you'll notice that where they're standing changes with which camera shot you're watching!
Later, you might notice the fingerprint man knocking over the plane model on the desk with his pencil. (Again, courtesy of Rush Glick!)

Sunday, January 01, 2006

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primarily The Old Movie Maven at http://theoldmoviemaven.blogspot.com,
but to some extent from my blog at Charlie Chan Annex, at
Why would anybody want to buy one review, much less more?
I stand on my blogs!
If you've read them then you know that I have always tried to have interesting stuff and told in as funny ways as possible.
If you'd like an order form, you can reach me (as Miss Maven!)
You can also check out my Maven blog above.
There is an envelope at the bottom of each post for any questions, suggestions, and certainly if you would like an order form!
Happy New Year
From Miss Maven and staff!