The text of our Charlie Chan Family Chat for May 17, 2021
Charlie Chan in City in Darkness
The Landini Murder Case: The Heir
Mrs Phil & Phil
Phox and Phriend
Rush has joined this room
Matt1 has joined this room
Matt1: Hello Rush!
Rush: Hello, Matt!
Rush: ow are you this evening, and how was your week?
Matt1: Hope you are well
Rush: Yes, cannot complain!
Rush: Thank you!
Matt1: Pretty good, thnx….Heading to Disney for a long weekend on Wed, so…!
Rush: AH! Sounds nice!
Matt1: Wanted to beat the holiday & summer traffic
Rush: As you are talking Florida…no more masks?
Matt1: How about you? Move is less than a month away, no?
Rush: Yes…inside of a month, now!
Matt1: Not really. Masks are being fazed out, still weird seeing
Rush: Becoming more real each day!
Matt1: The excitement must be building
Rush: This whole thing will one day be looked at at totally insane, IMHO.
Rush: Yes it is!
Rush: Exciting…and nervous time a bit too!
Matt1: I can’t wait for you to report on your 1st snowfall!
Rush: But, we have paid off our new home!
Rush: Feels great.
Rush: Snow, i can live with!
Matt1: Outstanding…..such a great feeling, no?
Rush: Oh, INDEED!
Rush: Paid our Home Depot creditd card off too.
Rush: We used it for the kitchen remodel of our “old” home.
Matt1: Ah, that’s good….Did the tenting go well?
Rush: Amazingly, that will happen AFTER we move out!
Matt1: Will they escow funds, just in case?
Rush: We paid for the tenting…it’s all DONE!
Rush: The only issue was the garage door opener, and we got that changed out.
Matt1: Ironically, our old place goes to settlement next Wed, so fingers crossed everything goes smoothly
Rush: We needed one with electric eyes as the new owners have two young ones.
Matt1: I think that’s code now too
Rush: I will add my crossed fingers for you!
Rush: Anyway…my wife and I can breathe again!
Rush: I took my younger daughter, rachel, up to see Hollywood yesterday.
Matt1: Yes, I know the feeling
Rush: a father-daughter day.
Matt1: That’s great
Rush: Yes, it was nice!
Matt1: How far was that?
Rush: I also used the occasion to see the location of Warner Oland’s home where he lived in the 1920s.
Rush: Two hours away.
Matt1: How awesome!
Rush: I took some pictures and plan to do some soret of write-up.
Matt1: I eagerly look forward to that
Rush: We also drove up to the Japanese restaurant where Oland and Keye Luke were together in a moment described by Luke in a 1985 TV interview.
Rush: have the transcription of that in our Study.
Rush: Yamashiro is the name of the famous restaurant.
Rush: It overlooks Hollywood.
Rush: The grounds are interesting and that’s where the “action’ took place.
Matt1: I never been to Hollywood…..someday!
mda19083 has joined this room
mda19083: hello folks
Matt1: Hello MDA!
Rush: Yesterday I was surprised to see how the grounds are used today. Crowded with eating areas, etc.
Matt1: Outdoor eating
Rush: it was a bit different when i first saw it about 15 or so years ago!
Rush: Yes, outdoor eating.
Rush: Hello, MDA!
Matt1: Assuming that may be COVID realted in CA?
Rush: We will be running the radio drama in three minutes!
Matt1: I’m ready!
Rush: The link, of course, is above!
mda19083: nice to be joining you 2 gentlemen this evening
Rush: And, pleased to have YOU here, too!
mda19083: all ready to go
Rush: ready here, too!
Rush: 2 minutes…
mda19083: sunny and 73 here in the greater philadelphia area
Rush: Summer knocks at the door!
hounder has joined this room
hounder: hi there.
Rush: 75 seconds…
mda19083: and i let it in
Matt1: Hello Hounder!
Rush: Hello, HOUNDER!!!
mda19083: greetings hounder
hounder: mom’s still up so i’ll be in and out.
Rush: 60 seconds to go…
Matt1: Hope you and Mom are well tonight!
Rush: I hope you and your mother are well this evening, Hounder….
Rush: 40 seconds…
Rush: 30 seconds…
hounder: pretty well.
Rush: radio Drama…
hounder: before i forget, i hope to be leaving for nc next monday so i may be mia.
Matt1: Safe travels!
mda19083: ah sing
Rush: Commercials placed here….
hounder: and i have no idea whether i’ll have internet or not so i may be missing for a while.
Rush: Yes, hounder. be safe.
Rush: Yes, I understand that! Hopefully it will work for you!
hounder: fingers crossed. lasy year was hit and miss
Matt1: Same place?
Rush: Chan returns from Reno.
mda19083: if hounder goes missing we can have charlie chan locate him
hounder: yes. i have a home there
Matt1: I remember the last trip
hounder: her, but yes. charlie can come look for me. 🙂
Rush: I have done that more than a few times in my life, MDA!
Rush: “Willie Chan, baseball player.”
Rush: Interestingly, Layne Tom, Jr. plays Willie Chan in “Charlie Chan’s Murder Cruise.”
Rush: Ah sing.
Dave has joined this room
Rush: WELCOME, Dave!
Matt1: Hello Dave!
hounder: hi dave
Dave: Hey, folks
Rush: We are listening to our radio drama.
Rush: How are you this evening, Dave?
Dave: ok, thanks.
Dave: Good evening, thus far
Rush: (Link to the radio show)
mda19083: the vocal adds a nice touch to this episode
Rush: Good to hear, Dave.
mda19083: hello dave
Rush: Romano offers to manage the gentleman.
Rush: Needs a job!
Dave: Another interesting Chan film this week…
Dave: hello, mda
Rush: However, his “tune” will change soon, as we shall see!
mda19083: IMHO romano is a bit over the top
Rush: Yes, I agree!
Rush: “Santa Madonna!”
Rush: And…Chan’s final comments…
Rush: (more applause, for Charlie Chan…as we fade to silence….)
Rush: Now, I must take a leave for a few minutes to join family and others for the start of dinner…sorry…
Rush: I will be back before the movie!
Dave: See you soon…
hounder: enjoy dinner rush
mda19083: All this dinner talk is making me hungry
Louise has joined this room
Louise: Hi Chan Clan!!!
DanVenture has joined this room
Dave: Most humble greetings…
Dona has joined this room
DanVenture: Hurrah! I remembered in time!
Dona: Hello Everyone!
Louise: We seem to have entered a black hole…
Louise: Hello? Hello? Is nayone there?
Dona: hi louise
Louise: Hi Dona
Dona: i can see others
Dona: hi dave
Louise: Hey Dave
Dave: Some folks went on a quick dinner break
Dave: How are you, Louise…
Louise: Ah, I have my dinner with me
Dona: Thank you Dave
Dona: me too Louise
Matt1: Hello Louise, DV and Dona
Dona: Hi Matt
Louise: Hi Matt
Zoe has joined this room
Matt1: Hello Zoe!
Dona: hi Zoe
Zoe: hi all
Rush: 6 minutes….
Louise: I am cued and ready to go
Rush: I will be back and forth…sorry!
Dona: Ready to go here Rush
Rush: Hello to recent arrivals!
Mrs Phil & Phil has joined this room
Louise: Rush, I thought you finally got tired of us!
Dave: Ready, rarin’ to go…
Matt1: Hello m/m Phil!
Mrs Phil & Phil: A hearty ALOOOHAA! to all our Chan friends!
Dona: Hi m/m Phils
Mrs Phil & Phil: Hi Matt, hi Dona.
Rush: 4 minutes…
Rush: Welcome, Phil and Mrs!
Rush: Please paude at the OPENING TITLE….
Rush: “Charlie chan in City in Darkness”
Mrs Phil & Phil: Hello Rush
Rush: 3 minutes…
mda19083: just back from the kitchen to discover the chat room is packed
Rush: TWO MINUTES….
Rush: YES, MDA!
Rush: I found the same!
Mrs Phil & Phil: Well, I’m doing something different tonight. My DVD of this movie always fails at a certain point so tonight Mrs Phil suggested I watch the youtube version of the movie.
Rush: That should work!
Rush: 90 seconds…
mda19083: i didn’t bring enough to share
Rush: 75 seconds…
Rush: 60 seconds…
Rush: 50 seconds…
Rush: 40 seconds…
Rush: 30 seconds…
mda19083: i will pop some popcorn during the next break
Rush: We will start off with a “newsreel.”
Mrs Phil & Phil: The man…the legend…Harold Huber
Louise: Different music tonight
Mrs Phil & Phil: I’m still going thru the credits.
mat has joined this room
Rush: Trivia: Which Chan movie do Hitler and Mussolini appear in?
Rush: Answer: “Charlie Chan in City in Darkness”
Rush: Very historical stuff!
Louise: So I am so impressed that a Chan movie kept up with the news this closely.
Matt1: Hello Mat!
Dona: I got one
Rush: In Olympics, we do see some Nazi things, but not Hitler.
Rush: Okay…I will be back soon…I need to rejoin family dinner!
mda19083: thats expensive fruit
Louise: The ole blank papers trick
Mrs Phil & Phil: When do the lights go out?
Dave: Yeah, blank papers….
Louise: Mr and Mrs P: perfect!
Dave: Stock characters…
mda19083: the whole city is in darkness phil
Louise: Wait, no lights out because all the lights will be out? this is confusing…
Mrs Phil & Phil: Did you hear what the one woman said? “All I want is one red light in front of the house.”
Louise: Once again Charlie is being celebrated
mda19083: charlie will get to the bottom of it louise
Dave: Huber to the rescue!!!
Zoe: none of Charlie’s helpful children in this one?
mda19083: lol phil
Mrs Phil & Phil: For her husband, she said.
Dave: Several husbans….
hounder: hi everyone who came while i was out
Mrs Phil & Phil: So it may be.
Dave: Quick, the stock footage!!!
Mrs Phil & Phil: Did everyone go silent or did I get logged off?
Godwinshelley2 has joined this room
Godwinshelley2: Whoops – missed the opening
Dave: More smoking…
Godwinshelley2: I was learning new software for an on-line job on Wednesday
Dave: Greetings, g/s…
Dona: Hi Rush
Louise: I was wondering why everyone went silent too!
Rush: Hello, Mat and GS!
hounder: time check please
Louise: Shut the door!
Godwinshelley2: Haven’t started my dvd – just a crazy dat
mda19083: he asked for it
hounder: thanks rush
Rush: yes he did!
Rush: Now: The bum’s rush.
Dave: Stunt double…
Rush: For sure!
Rush: A wise retreat.
Dave: Leo G. Carroll…
Rush: 50,000 Francs.
Louise: Nothing can go wrong…famous last words
Rush: Yes, dave.
Mrs Phil & Phil: Lon Chaney Jr.
Godwinshelley2: Just a check-in evening – I’m not organized enough to watch along tonight
Dave: At the door is Lon Chaney…
Godwinshelley2: Ah – and I am missing Lon too!!
Rush: In 1939, the Frence franc was worth 33 US cents.
Dave: His friends call him Harry…
Godwinshelley2: And Frankenstein’s Monster, dracula & The Mummy – he did it all – except the invisible man and the creature from the black lagoon
Rush: So, we are talking over $15,000 for that passport…in 1939 dollars!!!!
mda19083: i didn’t see the invisible man
Rush: Me neither.
Mrs Phil & Phil: Lionel Atwill?
DanVenture: Rush: What was the average salary in 1939–like $1/day?
Louise: I namedmy dog Talbot in honor of Larry Talbot, the Wolfman
Rush: Not a nice man, here.
Godwinshelley2: Everyone – stay safe – I’ll try to catch up with you all next week
Godwinshelley2 has left this room
Rush: Douglas Drumbrille: [B.] Petroff
Rush: DV, maybe a few dollars a day.
Mrs Phil & Phil: Rush, since you’re so good at currency conversion what is today’s equivalent of 1500 pounds in 1937?
Rush: I would need to look it up.
Louise: So amazing that horses were used in WWII
mda19083: 1500 pounds in grams
Louise: Casual approach to murder hrer
Rush: 1937 US Dollar (USD)=1368.71326 British Pound Sterling (GBP)!!!!
Rush: Multiply that by 1,500!
Mrs Phil & Phil: Genius Rush
Mrs Phil & Phil: Cue the can
mda19083: thats why rush is in charge
Mrs Phil & Phil: TYSM Rush
Rush: We see how versatile Huber was!
Louise: Huber is amazing
Rush: We see him play a number of police officials in the Chan series. A spectrum of personalities!
Mrs Phil & Phil: Indeed
Rush: “That’s under the house.”
Dave: Also enjoyed him in the Moto film we viewed…
Mrs Phil & Phil: Great line there.
Rush: “Mr. Moto’s Gamble”?
Rush: Yes, Phil!
Rush: Reminds me of a repeating line in a Laurel and Hardy movie: “Blackheads” (1938, I believe)
Mrs Phil & Phil: Even the tone of voice in which it was said adds to the effect.
Louise: Huber is basically doing the BB role?
mda19083: a wooden head indeed
Rush: In some ways, perhaps.
Rush: Although BB was never a “dunce”!
Rush: The bar….
Louise: They are all giving him the stinky eye
Rush: “His mother was…GUILLOTINED!”
Rush: Yes, Louise.
Rush: “Patience big sister to wisdom.”
Rush: Spilled his own beans!
Louise: Lots of overacting here
Rush: Marcel too charge there!
Mrs Phil & Phil: He can certainly take charge when needed
Rush: Funny here.
Rush: Chan is correct.
Mrs Phil & Phil: Never shoot into the air.
Rush: What goes up…
Rush: …might break a crown!
Mrs Phil & Phil: If Marcel was smart, he’d take that black book into evidence.
Rush: “I will question them ALL…personally…”
Mrs Phil & Phil: Yeah..you know..borrowed
Dave: lol, rush
mda19083: you are overly suspicious phil
Mrs Phil & Phil: Formerly in the legal profession.
Mrs Phil & Phil: Not a lawyer though.
Mrs Phil & Phil: In any other Chan films, the lights would go out now.
mda19083: i will watch my step then phil
Rush: “Columbia River”
Dave: Passport nice work by suspicious Frenchman….
Louise: The loss of light switch action makes this a weak film, in my opinion…
Mrs Phil & Phil: Indeed L
Dave: right, Louise
Mrs Phil & Phil: Wow, popped his chops!
Dave: If only the lights would go out more often….
Rush: Now he’s REALLY angry!!!
Rush: What a mess!
DanVenture: These backgrounds are making me seasick–back and forth, back and forth…
Rush: angina pectoris – A heart condition marked by paroxysms of chest pain due to reduced oxygen to the heart.
mda19083: i thought we WERE on a boat
Rush: Lon Chaney.
Dave: Lon is returning…
mda19083: lon needs a shave
Mrs Phil & Phil: Charlie gets garotted.
Rush: He’s a tough guy in this one…they don’t shave regularly!
Louise: mda:full moon?
Dave: Close shave for Charlie!
mda19083: cc is in danger
mda19083: sorry louise wring film
Dave: Two wrings don’t make it right….
mda19083: two wrights make an airplane
Louise: not wrong, Chaney always was the WOLFMAN NO MATTER WHAT ROLE HE WAS PLAYING
Rush: True, Louise!
Mrs Phil & Phil: Quite a few English speaking cops in Paris.
Dave: Lots of english speakers….
Rush: Yes…as in “Charlie Chan in Paris”!
Louise: Sorry for the CAPS
Rush: Cap LOCK strikes again!
Dave: You were summoned here for Le Grande Finale…
mda19083: all but the dead guy
Rush: That’s true!
Rush: That flower looks as if it could squirt water!
Louise: true Rush
Louise: She looks like she is sniffing them
Mrs Phil & Phil: Oops
Dave: I like Louis’ work smock….
Mrs Phil & Phil: I’m pretty disappointed. We’ve only had one murder tonight.
Rush: True…but death claims more later…
Mrs Phil & Phil: Well that’s good to know.
Rush: BIG bills.
mda19083: a cargo of fruit – yes we have no bananas
Rush: The planes!!!
Mrs Phil & Phil: Could be light time
mda19083: out go the lights
Dave has left this room
Mrs Phil & Phil: Dave snuck out when the lights went out.
mda19083: dave did it
Mrs Phil & Phil: Where is Dave?
Rush: Cinderellas – (1) Those who have unexpectedly achieved recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect. (2) (Cinderella) A fictional young girl who is saved from her stepmother and stepsisters by her fairy godmother and a handsome prince.
Louise: Dave, Dave?
Rush: Croix de Guerre – with Palms – A French military decoration for bravery in combat. A bronze palm is added for those cited at the army level.
mda19083: dave’s not here
Mrs Phil & Phil: Dave’s heading for the ship. He already had his passport.
Mrs Phil & Phil: Whoops!
mda19083: the ship is full of bannas
Mrs Phil & Phil: Just wounded. Dang.
Dave has joined this room
Rush: Speaking of DRIVING…
Rush: WB, Dave!
Dave: ..Lost connection…
Rush: Cue chase mucic!
Mrs Phil & Phil: Pretty convenient Dave to “lose connection” just when the lights went out!
Louise: Dave, you have been accused of a lot of crimes while you were gone
Phox and Phriend has joined this room
Dave: No, I am innocent…
Rush: Nearing the end of the film!
mda19083: that’s what they all say dave
Dave: I’m innocent!
Phox and Phriend: Phox & Phriend
Phox and Phriend: Hey detectives!
Phox and Phriend: Just flew in! Boy, are my arms tired!
Rush: Get ready….
Phox and Phriend: Hey mda!
mda19083: hellp p and p
Louise: Oh Dave…
Rush: THREE dead…
Phox and Phriend: Looks like with Mrs Phil, we total 14!
Mrs Phil & Phil: Oh YEAH! CUE THE BIG CAN!
Phox and Phriend: CLUNK
mda19083: thats gotta hurt
Mrs Phil & Phil: You think it hurt when that horse in CC at the Racetrack!
Louise: Can it
Dave: I am going back to my hobby, working at the Wax Museum….
Rush: No more cans tonight!
Phox and Phriend: ??????????
Mrs Phil & Phil: horse went down in CC at the racetrack
Rush: Antoine explains…
Rush: Yes. That’s one scene I can’t watch.
Mrs Phil & Phil: It’s never been clear to me which side the weapons were going to.
mda19083: my horse won in the preakness
Phox and Phriend: “Tin cans” are secretly made from rolled steel grown from rolled oats in Canadian California.
Rush: Assumed it would go to the Axis.
Mrs Phil & Phil: Steel cut rolled oats.
Dave: agree, rush
Phox and Phriend: The freakness of the Preakness is that they have any luck at all. In The Hague they have wooden shoes.
Rush: Prophetic words from Chan coming…
Mrs Phil & Phil: Yeah, don’t hold your breath.
Phox and Phriend: Nobody steels my oats. I use the Chan Agency.
Rush: THE END….
mda19083: cc is very wise
Phox and Phriend: FINEE!!
Phox and Phriend: Yay!
Louise: Beware of spider
Rush: Yes, agreed, MDA!
Phox and Phriend: See you next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rush: Next week….
Rush: “Charlie Chan in Panama”
Dona: Charlie is wise man
DanVenture: What a ride!
Dona: panama good one
mda19083: thanks all for another fun chat
Rush: You are all great!
Rush: Thank YOU!
Matt1: Good night folks and have a great week!
Phox and Phriend has left this room
DanVenture: Thanks everyone!
Mrs Phil & Phil: Once again, ALOHA to all our Chan friends!
mda19083: cc in panama is a good one
Dave: Thank you all so much…
Dona: Thank you Rush, great evening
Matt1: Safe travels Hounder!
Rush: have a wonderful week, everyone!
Mrs Phil & Phil has left this room
Rush: Take care…
Dona: Good to see everyone!
hounder: nite all. see you back here when i can
mda19083 has left this room
Dave: take care, all
Zoe has left this room
Rush: Thank you all, again!
Dona: Night all. Have a good week.
Louise: See you all in Panama
DanVenture has left this room
Rush: Yes…in Panama!
Rush: Till next week!
Matt1 has left this room
Rush: May you have happy, Chan-filled dreams!
Dave has left this room
Dona has left this room
mat has left this room
Louise has left this room
Rush: Good night, everyone!
Rush: Good night, Hounder!
Rush: My best to you and your mom.
Rush: Good night…
hounder: nite and thanks,
hounder has left this room
Rush: Thank YOU!
Rush has left this room