Chat Archive 12/30/2019

The text of our Charlie Chan Family Chat for December 30, 2019

The Return of Charlie Chan

The Case of the Romantic Engineer

angel & fox
Len Freeman
Mike in DC

Rush has joined this room

Matt1 has joined this room

Matt1: Hello Rush!

Rush: Hello, Matt!

Rush: nd Happy New Year’s Eve Eve!

Matt1: Hope Christmas was joyful!

hounder has joined this room

Rush: I always is! And I hope that the same goes for you and yours!

Matt1: Hello Hounder!

hounder: hi matt hi rush.

Rush: Good evening, Hounder!

Rush: Happy Pre-New year!

Matt1: Happy New Year’s Eve-Eve?

hounder: If I can’t keep my eyes open tonight. Happy New Yeat to all.

Rush: And, we hope your Christmas was a happy one Hounder!

Rush: Tired already?

hounder: not much sleep last night. Mom had bad dreams.

Rush: I know I can be boring…

hounder: i had a good but quiet christmas

Rush: Oh. Sorry.

Rush: Quiet can be very welcome!

Matt1: Sorry, but hope they are better tonight, Hounder

Rush: How is your mom?

hounder: me too. heart to heart talks at 2 am are wearing.

Rush: I can imagine.

Matt1: I can only imagine

Rush: Well, I hope her mind is at ease.

hounder: hanging in there. no longer knows I’m her daughter or why she lives with me.

Matt1: I am SO sorry

Rush: Yes…that must be tough.

Rush: My mother was heading that way before she passed.

Rush: I believe that she can feel your love, though.

hounder: last night was the first time she wished she was already dead. sigh

Rush: Oh, my.

Rush: But YOU are a reason for her to live, I can safely say.

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hounder: I can see where it would be hard not to feel that way if most of your life doesn’t exist for you.

Rush: We will pray for both of you.

hounder: hi dan.

danventure: Evening!

Rush: DV…good evening!

Matt1: You are in my thoughts and prayers

Rush: Welcome to the final chat of 2019.

Matt1: Hello Dan!

Rush: What is her name, Hounder?

hounder: thanks matt. 1 day at a time. Jo Ann rush

danventure: Sad to hear this news this season.

Rush: Thank you….

Mike in DC has joined this room

Rush: This is the season of miracles, Hounder…one never knows.

Matt1: Hello Mike….solo?

hounder: hi mike. alone tonight?

Mike in DC: Yes. Rach is with her niece and nephew in Hershey PA

Matt1: LOVE Hershey!

Rush: WELCOME, Mike!

hounder: I know i’m whining a bit tonight. MANY have worse challenges than I.

Mike in DC: Earning “Aunt of the Year” award, I think.

Rush: Ah…Hershey! Home of the Hershey Bears.

Matt1: and chocolate!

hounder: I remember the street lights shaped like Hershey kisses from a trip there when i was small

Matt1: Yep

Rush: Hounder…you know how this group has been over the years!

Rush: We are here for each other.

hounder: a family.

Mike in DC: Hershey Bears? Are you a hockey fan, Rush?


Matt1: If I wasn’t in FL. I would choose to live in Hershey

Rush: Sort of a fan..a casual one.

hounder: that’s what makes this such a great group.

Mike in DC: I was a hockey ref for many years…

Matt1: Really Mike?

Rush: We have a team also in the AHL…the Gulls.

Rush: Yes, Mike?

Rush: NICE!

Matt1: Very cool

hounder: penguins. penguins.

Mike in DC: Hounder…coming late to the party, but sending good vibes from DC. I hope whatever challenges you have ease in the new year!

Rush: I recall as a kid visiting relatives in PA. We drove past the Hershey factory and I could smell the sweet scent!

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Mike in DC: Yeah…played then was a ref for college and the ECHL

Rush: LOU!

HonoluLou: Aloha All!


Matt1: Alohaaaaa, Lou!

hounder: thanks. I think they’ll get worse before better. Mom is in the severe area of her dementia.

Mike in DC: Aloha, HLL!

Rush: Aloha to YOU, sir!

hounder: hi hl.

Rush: We have a pretty good “extra” crowd tonight.

Mike in DC: Hounder: Oof. My mom traveled that road. I kept hoping that it was harder for me to witness than for her–I think it was.

Matt1: I’m cued to radio program

Rush: We should maybe start that soon as it runs 24 minutes….

HonoluLou: I’ve got to run (band practice) but wanted to check in on this last day of the year! And the decade! Anyone remember the millenium?

Matt1: Happy New Year, Lou!

Mike in DC: Careful of the Y2K bug, Lou….

Rush: Oh, yes!

Rush: NO Y2K this time!

Rush: 🙂

hounder: best wishes for the new year hl

Rush: Take care, Lou!

HonoluLou: Haha, yea the Y2K+ bug!

Rush: Happy New Year…

Rush: Yes!

Rush: Huge nothing!

HonoluLou: Rush, I’ve got to ask if you got the DRAFT newsletters? I re-sent and the correct file has (Dec 28) in the file name?

Rush: I guess some people made some money over that scare.

hounder: for which i was truly glad rush

Rush: Actually, I didn’t check my email.

Rush: I will do that.

Rush: Yes, Hounder!

Rush: We have been a little busy post’Christmas!

Rush: OKAY!

HonoluLou: I need them back tomorrow. Going to transmit as my January 1st Blog (with your approval). Email is: Sat, Dec 28, 7:22 AM (2 days ago)

Rush: Ready for the radio drama?

Rush: I will look tonight!

Matt1: Ready here

Rush: TYSM, Lou!

Rush: You are great!

Mike in DC: All set

Rush: Can’t wait to see this year’s newsletter!

Rush: Let’s say….30 seconds…

danventure→HonoluLou: I stumbled on this site looking for relics of Charlie Chan in Hawaii:

Rush: 20 seconds…

HonoluLou: Awww Shucks :). Good night and see everyone next year! BTW, Chinese New Year is January 25th, Year of the RAT! Aloha, Lou

Rush: 15…

Rush: 10…

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Rush: 5…

Rush: GO!!!

Rush: And we are off…

Rush: …and running…

angel & fox has joined this room

Matt1: Hello A&F!

Rush: Angel!

Rush: Just started the radio drama.

angel & fox: Howdee doody indeedy!

Rush: 60 seconds in.

Mike in DC: Yo Angel y Fox!


Rush: “The Case of the Romantic Engineer.”

hounder: hi angel and fox

Rush: This would be one of the Australian Chan radio dramas.

Rush: “The South Side”…of San Francisco?

Len Freeman has joined this room

Rush: I never heard of that reference before!

Rush: Len!

Matt1: Hello Len!


Len Freeman: Hi all.

Len Freeman: How far in are we?

Mike in DC: Hey Len!

Rush: We are listening to the radio drama.

hounder: hi len

Rush: Not too far in.

angel & fox: What’s the “time”?

Cdirus has joined this room

Mike in DC: 4:15

hounder: hi cd

Matt1: Hello CD!

Rush: CD!

Rush: WELCOME to YOU, too!

Cdirus: Hi everyone!

Len Freeman: 4:45

Len Freeman: ?

Rush: “Number One Son” with an Aussie accent…

angel & fox: Hi Len, hi Cd!!!!!

Len Freeman: Hi A&F

Mike in DC: G’day CD.

Len Freeman: CD

Cdirus: Hi angel!

angel & fox: Miserable father. Call Child Protective.

Rush: We needed to start earlier as this one is longer.

Rush: there are nearly 20 minutes left.

Len Freeman: yup

Rush: 🙂

angel & fox: Woman recently complained. So what else is new?

Rush: Just getting into the story, really.

angel & fox: May there ALWAYS be nearly 20 minutes left, till the devil knows you’ve started the next video.

Rush: AH!

angel & fox: I’ve had PLENTY of good jobs. I want a bad job.

Rush: If one finds a good job….KEEP IT!

angel & fox: I’m AFRAID to guess what the novel is. Not “Fifty Shades of” anything, i hope.

Len Freeman: Counterfeit $$

Rush: Counterfeit!

angel & fox: Ancient eyes perceive two $20s. Please examine rest of book for me, Inspector!]

Rush: Good Chan in this one, IMHO.

Len Freeman: gree

angel & fox: Damn. They’re the ones with Martin Van Buren on ’em.

Len Freeman: agree

Len Freeman: nice pacing to the story too

Rush: I am always intrigued with the Australia/U.S. connection.

angel & fox: Orchestra swells. They really are. Swells i mean.

Rush: An Aussie Chan radio program follows that.

angel & fox: Counterfeit COINS! Now THERE’S something Martha Stewart could do a show on!

Rush: Caution…excess swelling may result in an unexpected burst.

angel & fox: Let a hundred Chan programs bloom!

Rush: I would agree, Angel.

Rush: I wish that new ones could be produced today!

angel & fox: Rush: “unexpected” is relative. Maybe REALLY relative.

Rush: It would not take a huge budget.

Rush: We have had some “unexpected” relatives, yes.

angel & fox: Loving cups need to come back in style. Wouldn’t y’all love that?

Rush: Counterfeit loving cups! What next???

angel & fox: Pugilist WHO?

Rush: Polo Cafe.

angel & fox: Rush, the world’s going to hell & till last week one could at least buy a britannia-nickel handbasket—now, NOT.

Rush: 🙂

Rush: $500.

angel & fox: I hope the counterfeit kingpin pays his runners with counterfeit.

Rush: For an education on how to counterfeit.

Matt1: Quick commercial

Rush: Yes, Matt!

angel & fox: I hope the commercial is for printing ink.

Rush: Another case of “insert commercial here…”

angel & fox: “CounterFEETers”? This guy get his English at the Sorebone?

angel & fox: When they say “you’re all right, kid”, you KNOW you’re not all right.

angel & fox: Don’t call ME Shirley.

angel & fox: Rush: i know what i’d LIKE to insert.

hounder: don’t call me doc

angel & fox: When 1948 came he figured he’d waited too long.

Rush: Appropriate line, there, Angel…

Rush: The one who coined that phrase is in tonight’s movie.

angel & fox: Rush, on our local census form i list myself as an Emergency Lumberjack.

angel & fox: Ancient eyes again. Is there an optometrist in the house?

Rush: Well, Angel…if there is a dangerous tree, they know whom to call on!

Rush: Hounder: 🙂

angel & fox: We’re ever-vigilant, Rush. I’ve been called for some 2×4’s to scenes that would blanch your quail.

Rush: Leslie Nielsen is in tonight’s film in a dramatic role.

angel & fox: I forgot i had a good memory.

Rush: 🙂

Louise has joined this room

Louise: Hello Chan Clan!

Rush: Louise!

angel & fox: Cherchez la femme!

Rush: Good evening…WELCOME!

angel & fox: I tip my conical hat!

hounder: hi louise

Cdirus: HI Louise!

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Louise: Good to be here. Missed last week because of holiday events.

Rush: How are you tonight?

Dona: Hello everyone!

Mike in DC: Hello Dona & Louise

hounder: hi dona

angel & fox: Ah, the old MESSAGE IN RADIO ANNOUNCEMENT gambit.

Louise: Hi Dona

Rush: And to everyone: I hope that your Christmases were happy.

angel & fox: And Dona! Long see, no time!

Rush: Dona! Welcome to YOU, too!

Louise: Nice crowd for a New Year’s Eve eve party!

Dona: Holidays can kill you.

Rush: “Charlie Chan makes no mistakes when gambling on life of son.”

angel & fox: The son also rises to the occasion.

Rush: Yes, Louise!

Mike in DC: The Son Also Rises…nice title

Rush: YES!

Rush: ERROR!

angel & fox: But in Vegas Bugsy Siegel was holding a marker initialed C.C., for 700 million yen ($8.85).

Rush: The radio announcer said: “WSAN news roundup…”

Rush: Anyone know what that error was?

angel & fox: Mike (solo?)—Feel free to use that title. I copped it off a dead guy.

Dona: The movie we are watching is the only one with Ross Martin?

Cdirus: W calls are east of the Mississippi

Rush: Yes, Dona.

angel & fox: No, Rush, what was the error?

Dona: There is no title on my cd

Dona: Thanks Rush!

Rush: It was planned as a pilot for a possible TV series.

Rush: The error was that all broadcast stations west of the Mississippi start with a “K.”

Rush: it SHOULD have been: “KSAN.”

Len Freeman: ahhhh

angel & fox: Emergency, emergency! Everybody to get from striit!

Cdirus: Love that movie angel!

angel & fox: Cd, you GOT that! Yup!

Rush: Yes. It is a unique Charlie Chan movie.

Louise: Cued here

Rush: 6 minutes to go for our movie…

Len Freeman: After all… there’s only one CC!

angel & fox: Ah, old Recording Played Instead of Live gambit!


Rush: Yes, Len!

angel & fox: I’ll sew grain.

Rush: And…with that….

Len Freeman: Nice radio show… do you have more of this Australian series?

Rush: Our final radio drama of the year comes to its conclusion….

Rush: AFTER our words of wisdom….

Mike in DC:

Rush: Always welcomed!

angel & fox: Crikey! I love this Aussie Chan!!

Rush: As do I.

Len Freeman: William Reese

angel & fox: Tie me kangaroo down next to the radio!

Rush: “Good night…thank you….”


Len Freeman: clap clap indeed

Rush: 4 minutes to go…

PaulM has joined this room

Matt1: Cued here

Rush: Please ready your copies of “The Return of Charlie Chan.”

Matt1: Hello Paul!

Rush: PAUL!


hounder: hi paul

PaulM: good evening

Cdirus: Hi Paul!

angel & fox: I’ll meditate on that one till the Australian cows come home from their dates with the Argentinian brahma bulls.

PaulM: no more work for me until the new year

angel & fox: Paul! Nappy New Year!!

hounder: good for you paul.

Godwinshelley2 has joined this room

Godwinshelley2: Hello all

Rush: Does the online copy start at the Universal logo?

Matt1: Hello GS!

PaulM: i ordered the Mantan Moreland book. i should be getting it tomorrow

Rush: GS!


Cdirus: Hi GS!

Godwinshelley2: Paul – does it come with a cd?

Godwinshelley2: I’m cued to the ship

PaulM: uh, i dont think so. but, i’ll find out tomorrwo

angel & fox: GS!!!!!!

Louise: Me too, GS

Rush: OK…let’s all cue to the ship at the beginning.

Len Freeman: Cured to the boat?

Dona: Hi GS

Rush: Holding countdown…

Godwinshelley2: I’m ready when you are

angel & fox: Ship is cued!

angel & fox: Aye-aye, sir!

Rush: Giot it too.

Godwinshelley2: My computer decided to update its software as I was trying to log in

Rush: Everyone ready?

Mike in DC: ditto

Godwinshelley2: yes

danventure: Yup

Rush: 60 seconds…

Rush: 50…

Cdirus: ready

Rush: 40 seconds…

Len Freeman has left this room

hounder: i think so

angel & fox: GS: Tell your Device to attend to housekeeping on its own time.

Rush: 30 seconds…

Rush: 25…

Rush: 20…

Rush: 15…

Rush: 10…

Rush: 5…

Rush: GO!!!


angel & fox: Len go overboard?

Rush: Great gong, Matt!

Godwinshelley2: I was sailing along – on moonlight bay

Mike in DC: Looks like a TV show

Rush: 🙂

Rush: Mrs. Hidrashi…

Mike in DC: Mr. Miyagi?

angel & fox: The former Prince of Danzing? Nureyev?

Louise: Yes Mike

angel & fox: The air…or the HEIR?

angel & fox: Crocodile.

Godwinshelley2: Louise – did you get your package?

Rush: A bit of both, Angel!

Len Freeman has joined this room

Rush: (coughing…)

Godwinshelley2: Hello Len

Rush: Welcome back, Len!

Len Freeman: just switched computers

Mike in DC: I’m having Thunderball flashbacks

Rush: Ninja.

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Louise: No GS, but I haven’t been to the post office today

Nothere: Bonjour

angel & fox: Mister Lawford? Not—?

Rush: NT!

Rush: Good evening!

angel & fox: Notty! Be it resolved!

angel & fox: Tin can?

Rush: Not THAT Mr. Lawford.

Mike in DC: Hey, NT. Glad to have you not here…er…

Louise: GS, now I am intrigued…

angel & fox: KISSINGER?

Godwinshelley2: Was mailed to Main St – unit 570 – was that correct?

Rush: This one could have been titled “Charlie Chan in Vancouver.”

Louise: Yes

danventure: Indeed, Rush.

angel & fox: I go to WORK to grease.

Louise: Awful accents in this

Rush: FIFTH richest man in the world.

Nothere: Thank you Mike. Always ice to have not been here.:(

Rush: NOW the official opening….

Nothere: 🙂

Godwinshelley2: OK – well delivered Saturday

Louise: This is so seventies!

angel & fox: Every barge is full of something, in this case BAD ACCENTS and a SECONDARY cargo of Western Decadence.

Len Freeman: Title/

Rush: Indeed, Louise!

Rush: Part of the charm!

Len Freeman: I’m a little lost on time

Mike in DC: Rocky Gunn?

Rush: 4:55

angel & fox: HAYDN—? Not—?

Mike in DC: Sounds like a porn star

Dona: LOL

danventure: For me, this is a reboot of a Monogram CC.

Nothere: Don’t be a hater Angel. Wetern Decadance I the best decadence.

Rush: 5:15

angel & fox: Pearl Hong. Sounds like ANOTHER porn star.

Louise: Rush, I was wondering if the Chan family member names are just made up or do they refer to the older movies or books?

Rush: The Chan home…

angel & fox: Notty, you got me with practicality. We DO quite LITERALLY make the most of it.

Rush: These Chan names are pretty much made up.

angel & fox: NICE wheels! A Suzuki-MG?

Nothere: Oh plee like you would know what to do with Decadance. You barely know what to do with Deca

Nothere: please even

Rush: NONE of the names are “familiar” to either the books or the classic films.

angel & fox: It IS a strange car parked in front of the house. Those NEVER sold well.

angel & fox: These are interlopers. Fox & i only admit regular lopers.

Louise: Some familiar Asian actors

hounder: charlie is teaching his cildren observation and deduction

Len Freeman: Very 70s TV feel

Rush: Virginia Ann Lee: Doreen Chan

Nothere: What I wanna know is which of these kids is the kids of Barry Chan. Named after Barry Kirk.

angel & fox: These feet are made for binding.

Rush: She would be Chan’s Number One Daughter, probably.

Godwinshelley2: Angel – don’t even joke about that

Rush: Yes, to the “feel,” Len.

angel & fox: This inspector IS a duff.

Louise: 60? He’s been 60 for 40 years

Rush: “Gengis” the Chan dog.

Rush: (Genghis)

Len Freeman: 500 acres of pineapple… CC has done well

angel & fox: Louise, CC was early on to the secret today’s celebs have made into an abuse!

Rush: “Rustis rubrics of philosophy.”

angel & fox: Grandchild here would be 60 by now.

Nothere: Mr. Chan thee’s a Mr. West calling you.

Rush: Yes, Louise. This would be something of an “updating” of Charlie Chan.

angel & fox: TEN years of retirement?

Rush: That was also the case with the stories written for “Charlie Chan’s Mystery Magazine” from 1973.

hounder: so he retired at 50

Nothere: Honolulu pd hadto fire him eventually.


Rush: THIS Chan retired at 50.

Dona: must be nice

angel & fox: a $200K deal: they sold the kids.

Rush: maybe we can think of this Chan as the Chan of Earth 2.

angel & fox: Agamemnon or is it Memorex?

Rush: Gets out the old chapeau…

Len Freeman: He gets the hat

Rush: THERE we go!

angel & fox: His Detective hat?

Nothere: An now Chan ha pulled out his old official police detective hat. Someone is in trouble now.

angel & fox: …Podunk…

Louise: Vancouver?

Rush: Out of retirement.

Rush: Yes, Louise.

angel & fox: …Especially Vancouver.

hounder: wait what. no white panama hat!! what gives

angel & fox: Hounder—yeah, i wondered that too!

Rush: No, Hounder!

Rush: This one is a felt hat adventure.

Rush: Cooler climate!

angel & fox: Rush: “Mainliner” was a United Airlines proprietary, right?

Nothere: This is Canandian Honolulu Pd Hounder. Plack hats only.

Rush: Angel, I believe you are right!

Nothere: Black even. Man the typo bug didn’t bite me.It ate my foot tonight.

angel & fox: No landscape pasing the windows?

Dona: LOL

angel & fox: Imagine the carbon. Imagine the footprints. How DARE they?

Rush: Yes, Angel…I checked, and you are right about the “Mainliner” designation for United flights.

Dona: that doesn’t look like a fake beard or anything

hounder: no conspiracy herte

Rush: Well, Angel, I guess that means we are back to lead pencils?

Nothere: A plane with only tw seats to a row. Oh come on movie my suspension of disbelief only goes so far.

angel & fox: Was he at a DISCO the night before? WHAT a hand-stamp!!]

Rush: Peter…Number 8.

Rush: Angel: 🙂

Rush: “No more ‘POP.'”

Louise: yes nothere

angel & fox: Number EIGHT son? Grandson?

Nothere: He loves t boogie on the disco floor.

Rush: NT..things have definitely changed as we are in the “sardine” era of flight.

angel & fox: I love the night life. I love to boogie.

Rush: Bad news coming…

angel & fox: Damn Borgias don’t have ANYBODY over these days.

Rush: “realistic” beard.

danventure: Was that the Man with the Golden Gun?

Nothere: Now that was a weird place to put a plane.

Rush: Looked like a cigarette lighter gun…

Nothere: No Dan Scaramanga doesn’t use fake beards. This was the man with the silver gun.

Dona: Yes it did Rush

angel & fox: I have a gun cigarette lighter.

Rush: HM!

Rush: Great device to stop smoking.

angel & fox: Dan could scarachild with that beard. Could HAVE, anyway.

Rush: Teletype machine.

angel & fox: Hidrachi. Didn’t his brother invent the Hydrangea?

Dona: I remember using one on my first real job

danventure: I wonder how much the City of Vancouver paid for promoting their “location”?

Rush: Game…set…match…

angel & fox: Also Starring YOUNG ANGELA MERKEL as The Receptionist!

Rush: Good question, DV.

Rush: Today, Vancouver is certainly paid as a location!

Rush: I think that “The Flash” TV show is shot there.

Len Freeman: no Pop

angel & fox: This was the Year of the Turtle—neck.

Rush: Chan’s first private investigation.

hounder: mrs h is trying to be annoying and condesending

Louise: yes angel. so stylish

Nothere: All these men’s hair goes past their collar. Get a hair cut ya hippie.

Rush: Angel: 🙂

Rush: Yes…recall turtleneck sweaters…

angel & fox: YEAH, Notty, YEAH!

hounder: is this realy chan’s first private case

Rush: Ross Martin’s “take” on Chan is interesting.

angel & fox: Now you CAN’T subscribe.

danventure: And Lt Drebin/Leslie Nielsen’s accent…not since Marlon Brando in Teahouse of the August Moon has I’ve been so strained.

Rush: Not a trace of “halted” English.

Dona: Agreed Rush but he doesn’t really look the part.

Nothere: In this continuity. In the original movie series at least in Egypt he wasn’t working with the cops.

danventure: And yes, Rush, Ross Martin is an interesting choice for Chan.

Rush: I would say he’s at least as good a “look” as was Rolaned Winters.

Dona: I think you are right again Rush

Rush: Remember how the Ross martin character on “Wild Wild West” was an expert in disguises?

Nothere: Chan has deinitly lost weight.

Rush: Martin, in that wein, took on an “ethnic” look or two along the way as I recall…

Rush: YES, NT!

Nothere: Oh this isn’t the first time Ross has played chinesse. Though before he was a white man disguised as a chinesse.

Len Freeman: Hard to see Leslie Nielsen and not think Sgt Dribben of Police films

Rush: Yes, again, NT.

angel & fox: I think an ethnically-“incorrect” Chan’s success in bringing off the role has much to do with the rest of the cast. This cast is so phony to me, it makes the Martin Chan stand out…

hounder: or mr magoo

Rush: “Signora is being a bit ‘flip’ tonight…”

angel & fox: …says i, a verisimilitudinous cast would have carried the story, & this versionm of Chan would have floated thereon. Says i.

angel & fox: Signora’s maiden name was Wallenda.

Louise: dangle your participles!

Nothere: It’s a matter of just looking the part. People still think the original Chans had people in buck teeth with their eyes taped up, and speaking pidgeon English.

Rush: Yes, NT…

Godwinshelley2: I still miss establishing shots – I find this film a bit claustrophobic with all the tight shots

Rush: That would be a product of “fake movie criticism.”

Louise: Yes GS, very stilted

Rush: Point of fact, it seems that when Warner Oland toured China in 1937, he was taken as an actual Chinese.

Mike in DC: Looks like I’m going to have to exit early this evening. Happy New Year all…and MnR will see you all–Next Year!

Godwinshelley2: Next year Mike –

hounder: nite mike

Nothere: Happy New Year Mike

Dona: Happy New Year Mike!

Matt1: Take care Mike!

Rush: Take care, Mike!

Louise: Bye Mike

Mike in DC has left this room

Rush: HAPPY NEW YEAR…to you and Rachel!

Nothere: Uhm dude I know your paying for the band, but stop stairing at my crotch before putting yur hands on my shoulder.

Rush: Chan shuddered as Oliver called him “pop” then!

Rush: 10:11…

Rush: Get the pills!

Nothere: Look out her hairdo is collapsing.

Rush: Beige fox fur?

Nothere: Beige phony fox fur?

Rush: Dripping with diamonds…

Rush: Nice, the sound of a real typewriter…

Nothere: You don’t see people going to parties with fancy jewelry these days.

Rush: No, NT.

Rush: Too ostentatious.

Rush: First scream of the night.

Nothere: Coincides with the loss of family jewels. As for you writer dude. I know you don’t write them, but at least read a scary story

angel & fox: Was called away for fake emergency. Only FIRST scream? Any bodies yet?

Nothere: When the lights suddenly go out, don’t sk who is there.

Rush: NT: 🙂

Nothere: Just got the first one. There was an almost one. So only one

Rush: There is a body…yes…

Rush: Matt?

Nothere: Which reminds me. I missed my chance, but anyway.

Rush: Yes…better late than not at all!

Matt1: Sorry…..

Rush: 🙂

angel & fox: Notty, MANY turn their ignition key while engine running anyway. I am sure your remark will reassure.

hounder: night all. happy new year. see you next monday.

Matt1: Happy New Year Hounder

Rush: Hounder…may 2020 be a VERY happy year…

angel & fox: Der Spiegel! NOT the French again!!

Matt1: Be strong

Nothere: Ah there we go Matt has tin caned. All is right wth the world. Except for ith that guy.

Dona: Happy New Year Hounder

Rush: Our best to you and your mother.

hounder: thank you rush and matt.

Nothere: Happy New year Hounder.

Len Freeman: Night Hounder… Happiy hew year

angel & fox: SPEAKING of the French—they & the Italians got some deal on striped shirts?

Rush: Seems possible, Angel!

Nothere: It’s the 70’s it was a proposed law.

Louise: Bye Hounder

angel & fox: To see ANYTHING!

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angel & fox: Now it’s “Settled Science”.

angel & fox: We’ll be Hounded anew in 2020!

Rush: Kidder wasn’t kidding.

angel & fox: His eyes were dotted.

Rush: And crossed?

Nothere: All I know is I know who Mike had better kiss at midnight.

angel & fox: Washing police cars…is it Civil Service?

Godwinshelley2: So Leslie is wearing brown contact lenses?

Rush: True, NT.

Louise: Looks like his pupils are seriously dilated

Rush: Mrs. Joe Rocke?

Nothere: The Rocke case? No onesit at the head of the table.

angel & fox: I LIKED those “sheepskin” coats! Had me a few!

angel & fox: Now—NOT.

Rush: Right, NT!

Rush: That could be shocking.

angel & fox: However—

Rush: Good job, Oliver…

danventure: I am hoping CC unravels the mystery of the gavel…

angel & fox: I hope he rages against the machine.

Nothere: But was there a ghostwriter?

Louise: I know now what bothers me about this Chan. He is too frenetic.

Rush: Yes, DV…

Godwinshelley2: Maybe from running after all the kids/grandkids

Rush: In the day of actual airline tickets.

angel & fox: Yes. Frenetic. That’s IT, Louise!!

Rush: True, GS!

Nothere: A Frentic Finder of Felons.

Rush: Nice observation by Chan about the sleeves.

Rush: Nice, NT…

Rush: “Happiness is a Warm Clue.”

Len Freeman: teh hose

Godwinshelley2: Ugh

Len Freeman: TITLE’”

Nothere: Reciprical Regards Rush.

Rush: Did anyone read the “Happiness is…” part of this week’s email newsletter?

Godwinshelley2: Louise – did you see the facebook posting about an elfhouse hiding behind an electric switch plate

Rush: If you recall the ’60s, you will recall the use of that phrase.

Nothere: Alas I have failed on that score Rush.

Godwinshelley2: No Rush – I was remiss in reading it

Rush: No problem!

Louise: oh those sunglasses

Rush: it was first used, it seems, by Charles Schultz in the title of a book: “Happiness is a Warm Puppy.”

Rush: it took off from there.

Godwinshelley2: I recall that

Godwinshelley2: Sort of like the “happy face”

Godwinshelley2: only with words

Rush: Kent cigarettes used “Happiness Is…” in theit TV ads…

Rush: Yes, GS!

Rush: Sort of like the happy face!

Len Freeman: elementary my dear detective

Rush: The Beatles: “Happiness is a Warm Gun.”

Rush: And so on..

Godwinshelley2: a “happier” time I guess

Rush: Perhaps.

angel & fox: Happier guns, anyway. Not such happy lungs.

Rush: Seagulls fly by outside.

angel & fox: Kent had the Micronite Filter, did it not, Rush?

Rush: That I do not know, Angel!

Godwinshelley2: oriental bluntness?

angel & fox: Seagulls fly by night.

Rush: Not mincing words.

Godwinshelley2: Don’t they usually try to say things that allow all to save face

angel & fox: Ah, the inscrutable Orient. Blunt.

angel & fox: TODAY, it’s an Unsuited Wanter of one’s daughters.

Nothere: Well thi is where I leave you. And I leave you with this thought. No matter what reolutions you make for the new year. After a week the year is no longer new.

Godwinshelley2: Night NT

angel & fox: Louise, you’ve definitely got it about the Frenetic thing.

Len Freeman: night NT

angel & fox: Only you! The Mills Brothers are now charged!

Rush: Chinese funny people; when say “go,” mean “go.” (Docks of New Orleans)

Len Freeman: Happy new year]

angel & fox: He looks not a little like PUTIN, anyone agree?

Rush: Good night, NT!

Louise: racy bra action here

Rush: Happy New Year…

angel & fox: Let’s stop, & play Go.

Rush: Yes, Louise.

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Rush: Maybe a bit much for TV then?

angel & fox: He looks MORE to me NOW like Werner Klemperer—Colonel Klink!

Rush: YES!

Dona: YES!

angel & fox: CC gonna bring back Notty?

angel & fox: Show us your Lark pack, lady.

Rush: 🙂

angel & fox: Il Comte Differenti? I’m not sure i wanna hear this.

Louise: sleazy

Rush: Indeed.

angel & fox: A tenor, an Irish playwright, a tenniser. Which doesn’t belong & why?

Louise: “You have to really care to kill.” The only real thing she has said.

Len Freeman: sad sad sad

angel & fox: You have to care to kill.

Rush: With this evening’s posting in our Chat Archive later tonight, we will have a COMPLETE collection of ALL Chats for 2019.

Louise: Yay, Rush. It is fun to go back and look at the one you missed

Rush: And, i am still working on Louise’s screen-captured chat records…of which there are MANY!

Rush: Fun to look back on.

Len Freeman: a nice addition to the archive

angel & fox: WOW! Congratulations from HERE on the sleety Atlantic, on an achievement so MAMMOTH, so POTENTIALLY EMBARRASSING! Huzzah!

Rush: Louise had the foresight to save many.

Rush: She did a GREAT job!

Godwinshelley2: That’s dedication

angel & fox: LEFT-handed?

Rush: I am so happy she thought of that!

Louise: I wish I had more but it is a great way to remember people who are no longer involved

angel & fox: Louise deserves a First-Class cabin.

Rush: yes, Louise.

Louise: I’ll take a cookie with that First Class cabin!

Rush: 🙂

Rush: He reminds me a little of Peter Sellers.

Rush: Actually, a cross between Peter Sellers and Richard Dawson!

Louise: The music is getting sad

Rush: Yes, Louise.

Rush: So…we bring on the rock band to change the mood!

Louise: as they say…never mind!

Rush: 🙂

Rush: “Lemon yellow…”

Rush: Hm….

Rush: Chan speaks German!

Godwinshelley2: Nice he takes on the accent

Louise: Wait, Charlie’s accent just changed

Godwinshelley2: Wasn’t he taking on the Norwegin accent

Rush: Mrs. H involved in the attempted murder set-up.

Rush: THAT I would not know, GS!

Rush: “Yo…HAN…SON…”

Rush: Hm…

Rush: August 1963…

Rush: I went to my first Dodger game….

Rush: He owes a pretty good tip…

Louise: $5 drink? Time to go back to the 1970s!!!

angel & fox: A $5 TIP IS implied!!

Rush: Yes, Louise!

Rush: However, the minimum wage was…$1.40/hour, I believe, then!


angel & fox: Someone docked the Doc.

Rush: TYSM, Matt…

angel & fox: Give Matt $1.40.

Rush: That’s the “minimum” I can do…

Godwinshelley2: my first job paid 70 CENTS an hour

Rush: I would get 50 cents for mowing a lawn.

Rush: Sight Savers.

Len Freeman: I remember those


angel & fox: TISSUE?! I hahhdly KNOW you!!


Rush: Didn’t work.

Rush: One more try…


Rush: Still made today.

Godwinshelley2: glasses cleaners?

angel & fox: I LIKE this longer (90 min.) frame for CC, but it’s the style that carries, & i think the ’70s style just clutters.

Rush: Is his face red!

Rush: Yes, Angel.

Louise: zoom in zoom out

Rush: “Far from over…”

angel & fox: Sherwin Williams!!

Rush: This is the scene with the unusual acoustics.

angel & fox: Is that a RAT HAT?

Len Freeman: the gathered group

angel & fox: AH, the Classic Scene!

Rush: Yes, Len!

Rush: And…Angel!

angel & fox: The audience.

angel & fox: Credit is Len’s. I was just applauding.

Louise: Me, I wanted him dead. BAll of them. And take the 70s with you!

Rush: 🙂

angel & fox: Have you no sense of decency, Senator?

Rush: Wrong inquisition, Angel!

Rush: Note the gavel…

Rush: KLONK!

Rush: Strange murder weapon.

Rush: And with only one stroke!

angel & fox: Gavel NOTED! I yield my time, Senator!

angel & fox: LITTERBUG!!

angel & fox: The LITTERING is what’s gonna put him away.

Rush: 🙂

Rush: The paperweight did the actual trick!

angel & fox: They didn’t notice the paper.

Len Freeman: 1 fatal nustake

Len Freeman: mistake

angel & fox: wags index finger

Rush: My argument would be that the victim’s hand brushed the lever as he fell.

Rush: Or turned.

angel & fox: John Sebastian—NOT the lead everything of the Lovin’ Cup Spoonful?!

Rush: 🙂

Rush: Chan’ds daughter wears a nice early’70s dress.

Louise: There clearly was a sale on eyebrow hair

angel & fox: Chloral hydrate, alias Swedish meatballs.

Rush: Yes, Louise!

Rush: Angel: 🙂

Louise: Like Charlie’s moustache, except worn higher up

Rush: Everyone’s guilty.

Louise: You are semen? That is an insult!

Rush: Yow!

angel & fox: The “Greek” is a proto-Onassis, yes, Rush?

Rush: All eyes on him…

Rush: Yes, Angel!

Louise: Yes, I thought Onassis too

Rush: That would be a direct hit on your part!

Louise: Wait, I have that fur hat!

Rush: Great in winter, Louise.

angel & fox: Louise, we’ll get the hat for you. Where she’s going she WON’T be needing it.

Louise: Got it in Russia in the …1970s!!!

Dona: Looks very warm

Dona: Way to go Louise

Rush: VINTAGE, Louise!

Rush: The jail will be full tonight.

Rush: Before we go tonight…our film for next Monday is….

angel & fox: I guess it IS in a sense TRULY a Rat Hat.

Rush: “Behind That Curtain”

Dona: Looking forward it Rush

Rush: As we set off on our Chan journey for 2020…

Godwinshelley2: Karloff

Rush: YES!

angel & fox: That’s all ancient grease now.

Rush: And…a glimpse of E.L. Park as Charlie Chan.

Matt1: January is always a welcomed fresh Chan start

angel & fox: He should have adopted.

Rush: Yes!

Rush: Angel…true!

angel & fox: Maybe she’ll be lucky, learn she’s illegitimate.

Rush: Yes. Bad news becoming good news!

angel & fox: “Finish” music if i ever heard any.

Rush: Yes…it approaches…

angel & fox: Some bleeding-heart judge’ll probably let him go. I hope so.

Rush: Could be. Not familiar with Canadiab justice!

Rush: (Canadian)

Rush: “Softee”

Len Freeman: pretty emotional for a Chan

Rush: Next case?

angel & fox: Rush—my remark was purely from the current give-&-take, generic & making no actual reference.

Rush: Note the chain tie on CC!

Rush: Symbolic?

Rush: NEXT: “CC in Zanzibar.”

Len Freeman: The Cushman Diamond….

angel & fox: ANOTHER case!!!

Rush: Well…maybe not…


Rush: Movie announcement on my copy.

Rush: “5 News…”

angel & fox: “Chain” tie GOTTA be symbolic—

Dona: Mine too Rush

Rush: Yes.

Louise: Mine too Rush. Judgment Day

Rush: (Applause…)

Rush: Well…

Dona: YEAY!!!!!

angel & fox: —Wish this HAD gone on!! GREAT ANYWAY!!!!

Rush: That wraps up the year!

Matt1: What a year!

Rush: Thank you ALL for a GREAT 2019!

Dona: Happy New Year Everyone!

angel & fox: CHAN FOREVER! Chan in 2020!!!

Len Freeman: WEll…. good to go back to that one… long, but a good wrap up to the year and the canon

Godwinshelley2: Louise check your mail tomorrow


Louise: Great year. Thanks, Rush, for all you gdo getting us together.

Dona: Looking forward to seeing you all in 2020

Rush: May 2020 be a happy one for all of us…as well as Chan-filled!

Godwinshelley2: Have a great holiday everyone

Louise: I will GS

Godwinshelley2: chat at you in 2020

angel & fox: See everyone in the New Year!!!

danventure: Indeed!

Matt1: Good night folks and I’ll see you again NEXT year…..Happy and Safe New Year!

Rush: Take care, all…

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Louise: Happy 2020 all

Len Freeman: Blessings for everyone in the new year.

danventure: TY Len!

danventure: Thanks Rush!

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Rush: Have a happy new year’s eve tomorrow…and enjoy parades, football, good food, and anything els you might do!

Cdirus: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyoe, see you next week!

Rush: TYSM, CD!

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Rush: You as well…

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Rush: See everyone “Behind That Curtain” next week…

Len Freeman: Minnesota plays Auburn in the OUtback bowl on NYear’s day…. close to Iowa Rush

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Rush: Yes!

Len Freeman: Happy New Year for you and yours, and a good move.

Rush: And i enjoyed Iowa defeating USC in the Holiday Bowl!

Len Freeman: LOL

Rush: 🙂

Len Freeman: G;night

Rush: And the same to you and yours, Len!

Rush: TYSM!

Rush: Good night!

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