The text of our Charlie Chan Family Chat for December 14, 2020
The Sky Dragon
The Adventures of Smilin’ Jack (Chapter 11)
angel & docks
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angel & docks: Hello Rush!
Rush: Good evening, angel!
angel & docks: Howard Hughes? I mean, How are You?
Rush: I was wondering if I was going to watch the serial alone tonight!
Rush: I am well, thank you!
Rush: And you?
angel & docks: No WAY, man!! You, me, & celebrated terpsichorean Foxx Furr!
Rush: I was watching Laurel and Hardy on TCM.
angel & docks: I am somewhat fine, though brow heavy with concerns. These we leave outside the door of our humble Home on P.B. Hill, at least i do.
Rush: I think I understand, and I fully AGREE!
Rush: We can hopefully leave the collapsing world outside for a while!
angel & docks: Let us hope for a quorum. One should never stop Watching The Detectives, unless it’s to put on another Elvis. Remember TURNING OVER THE ALBUM? Gawd, i hate to think of the time that’s gone under!
Rush: Yes! Mr. Costello got that Abbott right, as you might say!
Rush: We can start the serial in a minute if you are ready!
angel & docks: I think all Western Hemispherics able to put politics & music both aside (in a reaealable container for pickup later) to wish the quickest screening of the new Abbott & Costello series starring chanteuse E.C. and ex-Tex guv Greg Abbott. Can we get a hand here?
angel & docks: Ready! Bong the bong when!
Rush: 30 seconds….
angel & docks: YESSSSS!
Rush: 20 seconds…
Rush: Credits…lots of them!
angel & docks: I hear Saul Goodkind was a TOTAL rotter.
Rush: The kind that’s not good?
angel & docks: The kind that’s TOO good. Teacher’s pet. You know what i mean.
angel & docks: This is just last week!
Rush: Mh Ling must be found.
Rush: The Hotel Hilo.
Rush: Captain Wing looks for Mah Ling.
angel & docks: Hey Rush, i thought (as i brought two old Philco cathedral radios into my pretty house) i MUST act on an impulse long had, to declare the Present NOT ADMITTED, & toward that end to post accurate CALENDARS for more congenial ANNI. I checked, & 1943 will work for next year.
Rush: This is where Jack gets framed!
angel & docks: That’s MAH ling! You get pokechop! Go way!
Rush: THAT sounds like a PLAN!
Rush: Declare the date to be 1943…the year my parents were married!
Rush: Lights out…fireworks start!
Rush: “The straight of it.”
angel & docks: Among the horribles i wasn’t going to mention, was a VERY bad trip a couple weeks ago (NO, not THAT, a CAR trip!)—somebody hit my car, & that was not the beginning OR the end of a time that has got me dogged down bad to this moment. Not as bad as Jack’s crash here, though.
angel & docks: I am appalled by the phobic lingo. The word “it” is repellent.
Rush: Sorry about the accident, Angel!
angel & docks: What a world, what a world, as some old witch said.
Rush: She has plans for him…and he won’t be happy!
Rush: Yes, Angel…
angel & docks: I think we went off the road as soon as man figured out wraparound glass.
Rush: Time for that guy to get out of there!
angel & docks: Only trust a split windshield. At least the divider can catch you as you’re thrown forward.
angel & docks: What i would give for those tchotchkes.
Rush: We had a car with a split windshield when I was a kid.
angel & docks: I bet YOU split it.
angel & docks: Am i right?
Rush: Tropical flower dress.
Rush: I suppose you are, Angel…
Rush: Phillip Ahn…
angel & docks: She is TOTALLY hot, & a temporal scan will confirm all fears. Agent Chestpants only THINKS he is cutting edge. SHE will cut the cheese.
angel & docks: No time for introductory remarks? Why the hell didn’t you book the previous time slot?
angel & docks: ALLEGED atrocities.
Rush: Seedy waterfront of Honolulu…
angel & docks: Jawohl.
angel & docks: Do they still have CD’s there, Rush?
Rush: Have for over 20 years, I’d say!
angel & docks: THAT’S MY AUNT’S PINCUSHION on his head!!
angel & docks: MING DIE NASTY
Rush: CREST 4565
angel & docks: TANG?
angel & docks: Well of COURSE TANG #1! The astronauts drop it off!
Rush: Don’t go!
angel & docks: C-R-E-S-T-A…
angel & docks: …B-L-A-N-C-A…
angel & docks: CRESTA BLANCA *cue “POP!”*
Rush: An old buggy kicks up dust!
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angel & docks: They were already wondering. Why, something ELSE?
Rush: That was the same bridge where they crashed last week!
angel & docks: His BIGGEST hit.
Rush: hello, DV!
angel & docks: DVDVDV!!!
Rush: We are watching the serial!
Rush: How are you tonight?
angel & docks: They’re just about to get him a doctor. He WANTS a stripper, but they’re getting a doctor.
angel & docks: (1:30)
angel & docks: (16:30)
DanVenture: Happy to report healthy and hale!
Rush: WOW! Shortcut!
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angel & docks: Her hairdo is not unlike The B-52’s ladies.
Rush: Happy to hear that, DV!
DanVenture: Memory still faulty past few weeks. But today–TA DA!
Dona: Hi Everyone!
DanVenture: Now, where are we? In Smilin’ Jack or Dragon?
angel & docks: AH, DONA! I was afraid all were snowbound!! We’ll color you Here!
Rush: Tes to the hairdo, Angel.
Dona: Hi Rush, Dan and Angel & Docks
angel & docks: (18:00)
Rush: Yes…nearing the end.
Dona: We don’t get snow here Angel Southern California
Dona: I would like the snow
Rush: Less than 2 minutes left…
Rush: Hello, DNOA!
angel & docks: Note re Docks: is left from Docks of N’awlins. Haven’t been able to change it without getting locked out.
DanVenture: Okay, I’ll cue Dragon
angel & docks: They should have put the MAID PLEASE CLEAN hangtag on the doorknob. Now the cops have to do it.
Rush: WOW! How’s he going to survive that???
angel & docks: He used the bottom half of his necktie as a shoe-polish cloth.
Rush: “The Torture Fire Test” next week…and I will be on the road…
Rush: Dona, where I am headed there will be some snow.
Dona: I love snow.
Rush: I do as well.
Dona: I thought you were going to be gone this week
angel & docks: Stay HOME, Rush! WE can torture you! And fire you, too (after majority per Roberts Rules)!
Rush: Well, Angel…I must do what needs to be done!
Rush: I might be able to stop by via phone if we have arrived at our destination at Chat time!
angel & docks: We shall hold up the fort in your absence. Count the spoons before you leave.
Rush: TONIGHT…”The Sky Dragon”
Rush: Will do, Angel!
Dona: Ready here Rush
angel & docks: I shall return for our feature—going to arrange flowers & snacks. Will eat snacks.
Rush: I was able to find an online copy at a very odd site.
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Godwinshelley2: Hello all
Rush: It is a Russian site that offers movies!
Rush: Good evening to YOU!
Godwinshelley2: So am I up for Rush-duties next week?
Godwinshelley2: I’m cued, by the way
Rush: That would be GREAT, GS!
Godwinshelley2: Will make an effort to get here early – email the listings for the two weeks you are out
Rush: also, is anyone here able to copy our Chat text and save it as a Word document after the next Chat?
Dona: Hi GS
Rush: If it isn’t done it often is removed!
Godwinshelley2: I don’t think I have the ability to copy – except as multiple photos
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Godwinshelley2: Hello Hounder
hounder: hi everyone. sorry i’m late.
Rush: If Matt is here then, he knows how to do it. He has done it before.
Rush: How are you tonight?
Rush: How’s your mother?
Dona: Hi hounder
Rush: 6 minutes to go…
Rush: “The Sky Dragon”
hounder: i learned today not all Walmart’s can rotate and balance tires on a dually.
Godwinshelley2: Yikes – I hope they “told” you instead of experiencing it
Rush: Yes, hounder?
hounder: she’s having a good day. talkative with the neighbor who sat with her for me.
Rush: VERY good, Hounder, i am happy to hear that!
hounder: 1 walmart didn’t have to equipment. the one 30 miles away had the equipment but hadn’t done one in over 5 years.
Rush: Cued here to the Opening Title…
Rush: Interesting, Hounder!
Godwinshelley2: Hum – might want to ask other places besides Walmart – a closer one that does them more often – even if they are a bit more expensive
Rush: 3 1/2 minutes…
Rush: Sounds like an idea, GS.
Rush: 3 minutes…
hounder: walmart is a lifetime rotate and balance free
Godwinshelley2: I’m down to the last few holiday cards I need to write – not a good year for news
Rush: TWO MINUTES…
Rush: Agreed, GS!
Rush: On many levels.
Godwinshelley2: Maybe one even farther out that has done them more frequently
Rush: 90 seconds…
Rush: 75 seconds…
Rush: 60 seconds…
Rush: 50 seconds…
Godwinshelley2: don’t want them “learning” on you
Rush: 40 seconds…
Rush: 30 seconds…
hounder: everything is the same but which tire goes where and here are h
Godwinshelley2: is that 1949
Rush: The plane suddenly goes into motion here….
DanVenture: Milburn Stone? Wow.
Godwinshelley2: Yeah Lois Lane meets Gunsmoke
Rush: Roll it!
Godwinshelley2: New director?
Rush: In motion now.
Rush: Director: Lesley Selander
Godwinshelley2: Is this Lesley’s first Chan film?
Rush: Yes, the one and ONLY.
Godwinshelley2: Maybe I should say Lois Lane meets Gunsmoke meets Frankenstein meets Wolfman
hounder: seems odd to see curtains at the plane windows
angel & docks: HELP! Can’t get proper film! Internet query for “Sky Dragon” brings up “Black Magic”–what is good link??
DanVenture: Sounds like we are barking up the right tree with the Wolfman…
angel & docks: Bark for the Wolfman.
Rush: DV: 🙂
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Godwinshelley2: Hello Paul
DanVenture: The Chat link worked for me. Russian site. Interesting.
Rush: I will give it a try…if I “leave”, that’s why!
Dona: Hi Paul
Rush: Worked for me!
hounder: hi paul
Godwinshelley2: I just tried the link and it worked for me
Rush: Here is the address…https://ok.ru/video/2073990728355
Rush: “Sleepytime” coffee….
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hounder: hi a and d
angel & docks: Thanks! Will try that.
Rush: Paul, sorry I didn’t officially greet you!
Rush: Good evening…belatedly!
angel & docks: SLEEPY BEAR COFFEE The kind Firesign Theater got drunk on!
Godwinshelley2: Paul – were do postal employees fall in the Vaccine line?
PaulM: i really dont know GS
DanVenture: Looks like someone got the point…
angel & docks: ZUCCEZZ!! What is “time”?
Rush: This is, i believe, the second time we see CC get drugged.
Godwinshelley2: But I’m on a DVR – not the link
Rush: My posts are running SLOW
Rush: Now fixed!
angel & docks: I just saw Snakes on A PLane a couple weeks ago.
Rush: “Twin-motored wonder of flying age.”
Godwinshelley2: Angel – not a movie I had any interest in seeing
Rush: Snakes and planes equal TROUBLE….
angel & docks: Guard for obstacles. Out front window. Couple weeks ago in my car i needed to guard for obstacle in side window, moving toward humble auto.
Rush: Thankfully Lee knows how to pilot a plane like this!
angel & docks: Very strange things have happened including Mother. Indeed.
“in the sewers of Paris.”
angel & docks: Need sandridges. Antidote to coffee.
angel & docks: In the late ’40s mustaches were on everyone’s lips.
Rush: What if a few people didn’t want coffee?
Rush: Just about, Angel!
Rush: Many, anyway!
angel & docks: I wouldn’t get too curious about those people.
DanVenture: Sure would have a been tough if the flight was from SLC.
angel & docks: I wish Mel Brooks had done a Chan film.
Dona: That would have been great Angel
Godwinshelley2: Ugh – he’s a bit over the top on ethnic stuff – might not like that
angel & docks: Thank you so much, Dona! I try to have my moments!
Godwinshelley2: There are a couple asian-detective comedies (not counting Murder by Death) – and I’m not sure they went over well
angel & docks: If only Billie Holiday had been the actress here. BB could have helped her with her rig.
Rush: BB’s newest “interest”!
angel & docks: GS, they NEVER go over well. That’s how you know they’re good!
Rush: “Murder Aboard flight 17”
angel & docks: THERE WE GO, RUSH! The Secret Word was TERPSICHOREAN!!
Rush: Lena Franklyn.
Rush: Okay, “Anytime”!
Godwinshelley2: And you can call me … anytime
angel & docks: Franklyn says he’ll lean where he wants.
DanVenture: “Criminal investigator”? Guess he’s retired from Honolulu Police.
angel & docks: Order ME a round!!
angel & docks: DV, i believe you have DETECTED something others have glossssssssed over!
Rush: DV…you are right, it seems! he is at this point, based in San Francisco!
angel & docks: Exact position of passengers is 50/50 Truman/Dewey.
angel & docks: Looks like Ernie Kovacs.
angel & docks: And that bulkhead is made of genuine beaverboard.
angel & docks: This guy talked to all five of his wives this way.
Rush: Even Granny?
angel & docks: Longer hemlines are evident. On the ladies also.
angel & docks: ESPECIALLY Granny.
Godwinshelley2: 1949 –
angel & docks: GS: “New Look” was ’47, right?
angel & docks: Just keep The Keys To The Plane. Pilots go nowhere. Why bother? Now here.
angel & docks: They’re ALL theatrical sections.
Rush: Lee and BB make a mess….
angel & docks: The Gayety. Indeed. Let me get my coat. My leather one.
Rush: Wanda La fern…
angel & docks: You DON’T wanna see Wanda LaFern.
angel & docks: Fire a mortar athwart the fenestration.
Godwinshelley2: Later in the 1940s, more fabric could be used and more fabric choices were available. In order to forget the depressing war, women embraced colorful patterns with contrasting trims. Fabric material was usually rayon, a newer synthetic invention. America cotton was also a favorite for house dresses. The material was light and airy. Stiffer, wool-like fabrics were used on suits and work wear.
Rush: “La FERN….Capital L, small a, Capital F, small e, small r , small n…La FERN, Wanda LA FERN…”
Godwinshelley2: Found a cool 1940s fashion page
hounder: Sorry i can’t chat much tonight. mom’s feeling chatty toight
Godwinshelley2: Moms can be like that
Rush: yes, GS?
angel & docks: We will imagine Hounder’s part.
Rush: That’s a good thing, Hounder!
hounder: i’m glad she is. usually she’s quiet
angel & docks: What’s hot in cool ’40s fashion, GS? I told Rush i’m putting up a 1943 calendar at New Year’s—’43 matches 2022
angel & docks: 2021.
Godwinshelley2: My mom would always want to talk while I watched “Young Sheldon” -the one program a week I wanted to see
Rush: Nice page, GS!
angel & docks: Ready tin can?
Rush: My favorite era…I must say!
angel & docks: Mine too, Rush.
Godwinshelley2: Always wanted to get 1940s garb and get location shoots in San Fran
angel & docks: A little bit of the war, a little bit of the peace, i could live there.
angel & docks: AGAIN with the fenestration.
Rush: That’d be nice, GS!
Rush: And, yes, Angel…not perfect, but certainly dynamic.
angel & docks: I liked the windows with the glass that had wire octagons in it. I love octagons.
Rush: I think that this was shot in a real alley at Monogram studios.
Godwinshelley2: You mean the chicken wire windows?
angel & docks: You got it, GS!
Rush: Maybe the same one we saw used as the funeral parlor.
angel & docks: How did they teach chickens to wire windows anyway?
Godwinshelley2: nice camera work there
angel & docks: THE SHOW MUST GO BAD.
Rush: “Yeah…I SEEN it.”
Rush: Chase in the theater!
angel & docks: When the Lord closes a door, Chan goes out a window.
angel & docks: Chase? Where’s Sanborn?
Rush: The audience might get a thrill they didn’t expect!
angel & docks: NORRRRRRRRRTON!
angel & docks: They’re filming GH on adjoining stage.
Rush: I was thinking the same, Angel!
angel & docks: Oughta slam the book on him for the missing peanuts too.
Rush: Sgt. mike even has the right voice and accent!
angel & docks: Rush, you remember the ’30s serial that opened with a “PA” voice calling, “Dr. Brent, call Surgeray…Dr. Brent, call Surgeray”…?
Rush: Andrew J. Smith.
angel & docks: Uh-oh.
angel & docks: I’ve got TEN Police records. And several Sting solo discs!
Rush: “I have nothing to say.”
Godwinshelley2: Like that commercial about problems they have in their home with “fencing” and “clogging”
angel & docks: My internet froze. What’s the “time”?
angel & docks: TYSM!!
Rush: I didn’t get to that one, GS.
angel & docks: Love his hat. You could pick tobacco in it, then put the tobacco under the hat.
Godwinshelley2: You mean the commercial?
Rush: Noel Neill…
angel & docks: Looks like she came from Kansas, 1890.
angel & docks: Justice is BLOND.
Godwinshelley2: It has neighbors who actually “fence” with foils and “clog” with the loud shoe dancing being annoying
Dona: Is that Donna Reed?
Godwinshelley2: No LOIS LANE
Godwinshelley2: Noel Neill
Godwinshelley2: the the TV Superman show
Rush: When I met her and had her sign a lobby card from this movie, she didn’t recall even having made this film! She was pleased to see the lobby card.
Dona: That’s it. Thank you GS
angel & docks: REALLY!!
Godwinshelley2: She had a bit part in the 1st Superman movie – on the train
Rush: Yes, GS.
Godwinshelley2: Folks often like to see lobby cards and posters with them in in
Godwinshelley2: in it
angel & docks: —-Emergency telex just received. Purser has bid me to the loge. I couldn’t outbid, so will be back.
Rush: I also had Elena Verdugo sign it.
Godwinshelley2: Very nice – I met her in Baltimore once
Rush: The two flight attendents.
Rush: County clerk music….
Godwinshelley2: Monogram likes to “telegraph” their scenes with very representative music
Rush: So, GS, will you be able to be the main host next week/
Rush: Of course, it can be a team effort!
Rush: And the next week, too?
Godwinshelley2: I will give it a good shot – just email me the info a little early so I can get set up
Godwinshelley2: Yes – the exciting – footwork
Rush: I will.
Dona: What is the movie next week Rush?
Godwinshelley2: You are gone for 2 weeks?
Rush: I will also have the links set-up above our Chat room for the next three weeks of films and serials!
Rush: “Hold hands you lovebirds….”
Godwinshelley2: Great – that is so helpful
Rush: Yes. I will, god willing. be home on the 2nd.
Rush: The shadow….
Godwinshelley2: OK – will do my best – and will welcome regulars who want to help out – is Louise available the next couple of weeks – she isn’t here today
Rush: Lights out!
hounder: have a safe trip and hope you get lots done
Rush: I think she should be here…Matt, too…Hounder…Paul…DV…most everyone…and Angel!
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Godwinshelley2: Good – so they can pick up if I get too lost
Rush: Hope I didn’t scare Paul!
Godwinshelley2: And they can be very forgiving
Rush: Just have FUN!!!
Dona: We always have fun
Godwinshelley2: of course
Rush: I will also send out the weekly email newsletters as a triple issue!
angel & docks: Rush, am i on your email list?
Rush: Wanda has a rather harsh voice….
Rush: Yes, you are, Angel. have you been receiving it?
angel & docks: (PRANK TELEXES. More this year than in 1946. Congress has got to get stern with these kids.)
Rush: If not, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rush: NOT Lena!
Godwinshelley2: And Mantan is NOW in trouble
angel & docks: ANOTHER TELEX. Back momentarily, i hope.
Rush: Poor BB…
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Rush: WB, Hounder!
hounder: the room threw me out
Rush: Please, everyone, take a few minutes to vote in our monthly poll. Just a reminder!
Rush: You can reach it if you scroll down at our “Entrance” page!
Rush: This is what confuses me. Lena was not on the plane, not to mention BB!
Godwinshelley2: Guess the police like to keep an eye on Mantan
Rush: Maybe they needed them as substitutes for some reason!
Rush: Also, as CC will soon pull off a stunt, and Lee had to be away!
Rush: NEXT WEEK: TWO episodes from “The New Adventures of Charlie Chan.”
Rush: They are BOTH available online and they will have links above!
Godwinshelley2: Yeah – not the dog or the acid I hope
Godwinshelley2: Those are sad
Rush: I agree.
angel & docks: GREAT! I love the links, MUST maybe get a duplicate DVD box set so i can always have with me.
Godwinshelley2: Great to have the DVDs
angel & docks: Quarter of million. That’s less than a quarter million, right?
Rush: Then…on the last chat of the year: “The Return of Charlie Chan” with Ross Martin.
angel & docks: ALL RIGHT YOU MUGS!
Godwinshelley2: Made for TV –
Rush: It is also available online.
Rush: Yes, GS.
angel & docks: How fitting “The Return” is right after Christmas!
hounder: thanks rush for all you do for us
angel & docks: Not good idea.
Rush: Well, Hounder…all of YOU do so much for ALL of us!
angel & docks: We last saw that plane in Casablanca, right?
Rush: Not the same, but understood!
angel & docks: You picked a fine time to use te Frequent Fly Miles, Lucille.
hounder: i don’t do anything rush
Rush: Not so!
angel & docks: Not a very popular guy just now.
Rush: it better be a BIG chute.
angel & docks: I’ll bet they can crack that beaverboard.
Rush: he forgot about the wind!
angel & docks: The Keys To The Plane!!
Rush: Well…the door, anyway, angel!
Rush: Anderson is in big trouble!
Rush: A series of murders!
angel & docks: Still, Rush, you think Seinfeld should be informed?
Rush: Besides the theft!
Rush: The last words of the CC series…
angel & docks: The KEYE to the plane!!!
Rush: AH! yes, Angel!
angel & docks: A FITTING FINISH!
Rush: THE END
angel & docks: CHEERS!
DanVenture: I am mighty impressed. I thought these later Chans of poor quality, but this actually held my interest all the way.
Rush: We have reached tghe end of the CC series…but NOT the end of our yearly journey!
angel & docks: This one was the best in the photo-technical sense, fo’ sho.
Rush: next week…
hounder: thanks guys. safe ravels rush. hope to see you all next week.
Godwinshelley2: The film series anyways
Rush: “The New Adventures of charlie chan…’
Rush: Then…”The Return of Charlie Chan.”
angel & docks: See you all next week, with JC Naish!! Gnite!!
Dona: Another good one Rush!
Godwinshelley2: What’s our special features?
Rush: Please have a GREAT week!
Rush: be happy, safe, and WELL!
Dona: Rush you have a fun and safe trip
DanVenture: Have a great holiday everyone!!
Rush: I will try to stop by vis phone next week…
angel & docks: —–MOMS and DADS…Lock up your telex cabinets. Don’t be sorry—
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Godwinshelley2: Yes – Rush please travel safely – look out for weather and deer
Rush: Thank you ALL…so VERY much!
Godwinshelley2: We’d love to have you drop in
Rush: I will try!
Dona: We will be here
Rush: You know how it goes on the road, GS!
Godwinshelley2: Yes I do –
Rush: Thank you, Dona!
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Rush: You are all GREAT1
Godwinshelley2: and good holidays to all your family
Godwinshelley2: night all
Rush: And to you and yours!
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Rush: And to ALL!
Rush: Good night!
Dona: Good night.
Rush: Take care…
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