Chat Archive 7/27/2020

The text of our Charlie Chan Family Chat for July 27, 2020

The Chinese Cat

Secret Agent X-9 (Chapter 4)

angel AND FOX!!
Len Freeman
Mike n Rachel in DC
Mr. & Mrs. Phil

Godwinshelley3 has joined this room

Godwinshelley3: Hello all

Godwinshelley3: anyone out there – hellooooooooooooo

Godwinshelley3: oh well

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Rush has joined this room


Matt1 has joined this room

Matt1: Hello Rush!

Rush: Good evening, Matt!

Rush: How are you tonight?

hounder has joined this room

Rush: Hello, HOUNDER!

Matt1: Very good, thnx….u?


Matt1: Hello Hounder!

Rush: I hope that you can stay with us tonight.

Matt1: Hounder, were you able to see Neowise?

hounder: hi matt hi rush. hope you had a good 2weeks

Rush: Busy…and good! thank you!

Rush: Happy to see you tonight!

Matt1: How is the house coming along, Rush?

Rush: Working on our present home to ready it to sell, perhaps in the fall.

Rush: Kitchen and floor done!

hounder: sorry i missed last week we had a power outage

Matt1: I remember you mentiontioning some improvements

Rush: Things happen, hounder!

Rush: Understood all too well!

Rush: Yes, Matt.

Matt1: You are in North Carolina now, Hounder?

Rush: I was out in the lower back yard earlier this afternoon working on that.

Danventure has joined this room

Rush: DV!

Matt1: Hello Dan!


Danventure: Ta DA! TY, TY. Finally, I am here right on time.

hounder: hope your house fixing goes well. are you settling in the new place

Rush: YES!

hounder: hi dan

Rush: Hounder, we are currently renting the new home.

Danventure: Evening, Hounder, Rush, and Matt1

Rush: They will he there until about Christmas.

Danventure: And all the ships at sea…

Rush: When they leave, i plan to start going out to paint, etc.

Rush: And to YOU, DV!

Matt1: Very good and exciting, Rush

Rush: Very happy to see you!

Rush: Yes, agreed, Matt!

Rush: Heading toward a new chapter…

Danventure: Always glad to be “seen” rather than “viewed”.

Rush: AH!

hounder: ah. so the move will be this winter then. got it now. i was a little confused.

Rush: No…still planning to move in in June.

Mike n Rachel in DC has joined this room

hounder: my posts seem to be on a 5 to 10 sec delay

Matt1: Hello m & R!

Rush: Whenever I can, I will try to run a load across to Iowa.

Rush: Mike and Rachel!

Rush: Good evening!

Bob-Toronto has joined this room

Mike n Rachel in DC: Good evening all. Hounder…good to see you. Hope mom is hanging in.

Rush: And…BOB!

Matt1: Hello Bob!

Rush: Welcome!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Good evening Rush!

hounder: hi m n r

Rush: 🙂

Bob-Toronto: Hello Matt and Rush and M and R !

Rush: GREAT to see you again!

Bob-Toronto: Nice to be back thanks. Lots of fun last week.

hounder: hi bob

Rush: Tonight, “The Chinese Cat”….after Chapter 4 of “Secret Agent X-9”

Bob-Toronto: Hi Hounder !

Mike n Rachel in DC: Our family grows…just like Charlie’s!

Bob-Toronto: LOL- We’re almost as big.

Rush: Indeed!

Rush: 🙂

Mike n Rachel in DC: Chan family have integrity. In movies and in chat club.

Rush: We can watch our serial in….5 minutes…

Matt1: I’m ready here

Bob-Toronto: Occurred to me today that I have never watched Chinese Cat so this will be an added treat.My serial is set to go !

Rush: Agreed, Mike.

Rush: NICE, Bob!

hounder: sorry i missed meeting you last week. we were without power

Rush: Some interesting characters and suspects tonight!

Rush: Out of your control, Hounder!

Rush: 3 1/2 minutes…

Bob-Toronto: Yes, I read up on it a bit. Some of the Monograms are new to me. This one sounds very good.

Rush: I think you will enjoy it, Bob.

Rush: 3 minutes…

Rush: “Secret Agent X-9” chapter 4….

Mike n Rachel in DC: Rach is new to X-9. This is going to be fun,

Rush: 2 1/2 minutes…

Rush: Very good, mike!

Bob-Toronto: M and R- I’m watching Jays/Nationals in background. nice ballpark there in DC.

Rush: Sadly the volume is low on it…

Rush: TWO minutes…

Matt1: The Buffalo Blue Jays? 

Rush: Temporarily.

Rush: 90 seconds…

Bob-Toronto: I’m worried about that being a permanent thing. 🙂

Rush: Is tghat where they will play?

Mike n Rachel in DC: It’s a nice ballpark and well-situated in the city…hope you can come and watch a game live, Bob! (post virus!)

Rush: Yes. Nice park.

Rush: 60 seconds…

Rush: 45…

Bob-Toronto: Hope so Mike ! Yes Rush, Jays did not get permission to play at home.

Rush: 40 seconds…

Rush: 30 seconds…

Rush: Even to an empty stadium?

Rush: 20 seconds…

Rush: 15…

Mike n Rachel in DC: If I were choosing between Toronto and Buffalo…I would not linger in Buffalo…

Rush: 10…

Rush: 5…

Bob-Toronto: Nope. Wouldnt allow other teams to enter Canada. Because of covid

Rush: GO!!!

Matt1: Weeeeeeeeee!

Bob-Toronto: Go !

Rush: Gahere we are….

Rush: Part 4…

Mike n Rachel in DC: *Rachel adjusts volume(

Mike n Rachel in DC: *Mike turns up hearing aid*

Matt1: What?

Godwinshelley2 has joined this room

Godwinshelley2: Hello all

Matt1: Hello GS!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Hey GS!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Faintly audible

hounder: lol

Godwinshelley2: Rush – check your email – I sent you a photo

Rush: Washington – early 1943.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Rachel identifies this as “Sherlock Holmes music” too, Rush

angel AND FOX!! has joined this room

Rush: Bob, I would bet that somnething could be worked out. players could be quarentined to certain places and still play.

Matt1: Hello A & F!

Rush: Angel….and Fox!

Godwinshelley2: I’m still in Indiana – but next week I start packing for my trip back to Delaware!!

hounder: hi gs

Mike n Rachel in DC: Greetings to Angel…and Fox!

angel AND FOX!!: Secret agents X-89 and 209, reporting for duty!

Bob-Toronto: Yes just like NHL. We have a bubble downtown and it seems fine. The govt was much too restrictive.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Congratulations, GS. I’m sure it will be good to be home.

Rush: WOW!

Rush: Survived that wreck!

Rush: However, he will shortly be cited for littering.

Godwinshelley2: Mom is doing well enough and have Dad settled into having home care – getting estate stuff signed this week – then I am out of here

Rush: Welcome BACK, GS!

Godwinshelley2: Hello Rush – check your email

Rush: I saw you earlier, but could not log in fast enough!

Rush: Okay…

angel AND FOX!!: GodShell! Bienvenido!!

hounder: it will be good the be home for you gs


Godwinshelley2: Ugh – sent to your wrong email =- I resent it to yahoo

Godwinshelley2: Hello A&F

hounder: hi angel and fox

angel AND FOX!!: Greetings btw to all, tip of the fox ears to Bob-T as a fresh face!


Bob-Toronto: Greetings Angel and Fox – Much obliged.

angel AND FOX!!: tickticktickticktick


tenman has joined this room

Rush: Tried to post it here, GS, but it won’t take!

Rush: TYSM.

Matt1: Hello Ten!

tenman: Hello all. Are we doing the serial or the Chan first?

Rush: Interesting.

angel AND FOX!!: GS: I “resent” to Yahoo lotsa times. They are much “resented”.

Godwinshelley2: Should I send it to you smaller

Matt1: X-9, Ten

angel AND FOX!!: Tenny! Have a tatami mat!!

Rush: Could be an Amish connection as “Glick” is fairly common in that community.

Bob-Toronto: She’s reading her lines off the floor again !

Rush: Tenman!


Rush: Sorry…I was temporarily away!

angel AND FOX!!: Floors have fine lines. Look at the Parthenon.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Yo 10

Bob-Toronto: 🙂

Rush: Benson Fong.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Home movies!

Bob-Toronto: Is he in Chinese Cat Rush ?

Rush: Scratchy film.

Godwinshelley2: There I sent them in a smaller format

hounder: hi tenman i’m hounder

Rush: Yes!

angel AND FOX!!: Fenson Bong was the name of my weed dealer back in the day.

Bob-Toronto: Great. Liked him last week.

Rush: Number Three son.

Godwinshelley2: So farm country is in your blood

Mike n Rachel in DC: The DC scene is all about “edibles” Angel

angel AND FOX!!: I have dirt AND ice water in my blood.

Rush: This time she read her lines on the sheet of paper!

Bob-Toronto: Progress !

Rush: Clogged veins, Angel!

angel AND FOX!!: MnR—SO i have heard, and not just pharmaceuticals, eh? It does appear to us bumpkins that the Beltway types are eating each other.

Rush: Tommy Chan reall does his part to help his Pop tonight, Bob!

Rush: (REALLY)

Godwinshelley2: 4000 federal works have confirmed Covid with 60 deaths – rough to be a govt guy right now

Bob-Toronto: He and BB make a great team don’t they ?

Mike n Rachel in DC: Free delivery.

Rush: How many government workers are there in all?

angel AND FOX!!: If only i was still imbibing!

Bob-Toronto: I’ll look forward to that Rush.

Rush: 🙂

angel AND FOX!!: Rush: Government WORKERS, or EMPLOYEES?

Godwinshelley2: I was surprised at the number of Mantan movies were available on Amazon Prime

Rush: And… Number TWO Son…

hounder: i’ve pretty much given up listening to the news. it’s too angry or scart.

Rush: Yes, GS?

Godwinshelley2: They have some of the Frankie Darro/Mantan Moreland buddy films too

Matt1: When you need to fact check the news, it’s time to move on

angel AND FOX!!: Ben Franklin famously said of bureaucracies: “Vacancies by death are few. By resignation, never.”

hounder: yes matt. and it’s always spun no matter what the channel

Bob-Toronto: GS- He made so many didn’t he ? all those films are now available luckily for us.My fave is King of zombies.

angel AND FOX!!: King of Zombies? Must get that for the kiddos!!

Godwinshelley2: Yes King of the Zombies is a hoot

tenman: Mantan does seem to have a lot of IMDB credits; I can’t stand him, though, and think the Chan flicks greatly suffered by his inclusion

Mike n Rachel in DC: Mantan Moreland in King of Zombies??? Where can we get this masterwork?

angel AND FOX!!: You don’t go for Mantan, tenman?

Bob-Toronto: Its on youtube im sure.

Godwinshelley2: Ah – I find his roles a bit limiting for him – would like to have seen him in bigger parts with a little less eye-rolling perhaps

tenman: I find him totally ourt of place in the Chan mvbies. He might be fine elsewhere

Mike n Rachel in DC: Please God, tell me there is a loincloth involved…

Godwinshelley2: We all have our likes and dislikes

tenman: Right

angel AND FOX!!: Who i—WE—find non-essential is Randolph Scott. Can anybody explain him?

Godwinshelley2: Mike – you mean about the King of the Zombies movies?

Mike n Rachel in DC: Yes.

tenman: Wasn’t he Cary Grant’s boyfriend?

angel AND FOX!!: LOINCLOTH? Who? Where? Fox & i are on the way!

Godwinshelley2: I don’t recall Mantan wearing anything that skimpy

Rush: “He won’t do.”

Godwinshelley2: Wanted to stop in to say hello. I’m still a hoosier until the middle of next week. Then (fingers crossed) I head east to Delaware

angel AND FOX!!: tenman: YEAH, there WAS that. But that doesn’t justify him for me. I have found R.S. unremittingly boring; Cary saw more than we did, perhaps.

Godwinshelley2: Glad you liked the photos, Rush.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Hope all goes well, GS. Parents are well and you get to go home!

Godwinshelley2: I’ll try to drop in next week.

angel AND FOX!!: I was in Delaware 24 24 hours ago, wished i had been sedated. In a truck with no AC yet!

Godwinshelley2: night

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Rush: I just checked, and (federal) government workers total 2 million. If 4,000 were infected, that’s .002.

hounder: safe travels if you don’t get to pop in next week

angel AND FOX!!: When do we unspool the Floodlight Bloodlight?

Rush: When the lady says so, Fox!

angel AND FOX!!: Do we do a moment of silence (or silents?) for Olivia DeH?

Rush: Of course.

tenman: Sge wwas a classy dame to the end!

Bob-Toronto: Wow did she pass away ? I hadnt heard.

Rush: And, she lived a full life…to 104!

hounder: sadly a friend i worked with nd her son are infected but so far recovering at home

angel AND FOX!!: Tenman has nailed it. Everybody shut up for Miss DeHavilland!

Mike n Rachel in DC: *shhh*

angel AND FOX!!: Anybody know the story of the Mo of Si for HOWARD HUGHES at his casino in Vegas? A nailer.

angel AND FOX!!: *silent*

Rush: TYSM….

Rush: Back to the serial…

angel AND FOX!!: FOX BIT MY FINGER! I wss just trying to enforce the Mo of Si !!

Rush: “Doom Downgrade” next week…

angel AND FOX!!: We begin? Yet?

Matt1: <clap-clap>

Len Freeman has joined this room

Rush: Serial is done for tonight.

Len Freeman: Hi all

Rush: Len!


Matt1: Hello Len!

Rush: Good evening to you!

Rush: Great to see you, Sir!

angel AND FOX!!: Hiya Lenny! Pull up a Mitsubishi Zero!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Hey. We paid for a Premium Doom. No downgrades without refunds.

Len Freeman: Nice to be here

hounder: hi len

Rush: Mike: 🙂

angel AND FOX!!: I want a Premium Doom. Not sharing either.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Hey Len

Len Freeman: Hey MNR

Rush: Sorry to hear of your friends, Hounder.

Len Freeman: hounder

Rush: May they recover fast.

Rush: 13 minutes to go….

Rush: “The Chinese Cat”

Mike n Rachel in DC: Infected is not good…but if they’re recovering that’s great news.

hounder: thanks. so far they’re doing ok

angel AND FOX!!: Are we rooting for the Kuomintang tonight? I gotta get my pennants.

tenman: So we’remnot watching the serial tonight after all?

Mike n Rachel in DC: Hopefully they’ll be telling stories about this to the grandkids

Rush: As we move through the Monograms, there will be instances of an online copy NOT being available.

Rush: If you need to buy any copies of ANY Chan movies, they are all over the Internet.

angel AND FOX!!: tenman, i missed the cue too! We’ll have to watch solo, for exams next week i guess.

Len Freeman: I wasn’t here last week… as we go into the Monograms, did you all have any discussion about Birmingham Brown addition?

Rush: Sometimes at VERY reasonable prices.

Bob-Toronto: I’ve noticed some of the Winters films are hard to find online.

Rush: Yes.

Rush: Chek eBay.

Bob-Toronto: Thanks !

Mike n Rachel in DC: Chiang-Kai-Shek Chiang-Kai-Shek

Rush: LOTS available.

angel AND FOX!!: The Chan films should be all over the everything. Schoolchildren should be learning the aphorisms. Greta should be in schoooooool.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Don’t be a wreck. Cheer for Shek.

Rush: 🙂

Rush: 10 minutes…

angel AND FOX!!: GO Shek! GO Shek! GO Shek!

Len Freeman: Rush, did you mean that you all discussed BB last week?

angel AND FOX!!: His wife looks virtually lovely. What would she be now, if she was allowed in stadiums? 109?

Rush: 9 minutes to go…

Rush: Got me on that one, Angel!

Mike n Rachel in DC: 109 years ago, when people talked of virtue…it was something very different…

Rush: We noted how Monogram was getting a feel for all characters, including Chan, BB, Tommy.

Matt1: Cued to Opening Title!

Rush: BB was already holding a lot of screen time.

Rush: 7 minutes…

angel AND FOX!!: “Flying Tigers” was NOT just an airplane charter service if you know what i/we mean. Word is Mme. Chiang found FT cmdr Genl. Chennault quite thermal. Had they all lived & kept The Mainland, Flying Tiger would have been both a gasoline, an airline, a cologne & a burger chain by now.

hounder: ready here

Rush: Tonight, we see something of a BB/Tommy team.

Rush: 6 minutes…

Phil & Mrs. Phil has joined this room

Len Freeman: Yes… Mantan really was funny I have a number of the other films he’s in… but looking back it’s a very awkward 1940s view of what he represented.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Is this the one where we get the Chop Suey Boogie?

Rush: Getting my disc ready….

angel AND FOX!!: *both* was inadvertently not edited out when last-minute data detailing further potential commercial exploitations was handed to me by TELEX operator.

Phil & Mrs. Phil: Aloha to all our Chan friends!

angel AND FOX!!: MnR: You DO know to call us Ship-To-Shore if you go boating, yes?

Rush: Well…I think we can see that with the ’40s, our whole culture was going through a change.

Len Freeman: Gonna be tricky teaching a class in the Fall here in MInneapolis…. where we’ve just had the George Floyd disaster

Mike n Rachel in DC: Aloha from DC PMrsP

Matt1: Hello M/M Phil!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Agreed, Len. MUCH context needed!

Rush: well, I would suggest in all humility that we not view the past through our ‘enlightened” 2020 eyes!

hounder: hi phil and mrs phil

angel AND FOX!!: The PHILS! Have an Asahi Shimbun! Fresh out of the calliope!

Rush: How will WE be judged in 80 years?

hounder: be safe up there len

Rush: YES!

Len Freeman: Thanks Hounder

Phil & Mrs. Phil: WELL! I’m not sure how to interpret that A&F?

HonoluLou has joined this room

Rush: Okay….cued and ready!

Rush: LOU!

Matt1: Hello Louuuuuu!

HonoluLou: Salutations!


angel AND FOX!!: Rush: (re viewing the past)—We here are in agreement. The revision of cinema would alone consume labor needed to pull MODERN CINEMA from the Modern Toilet.

hounder: hl hi!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Not sure, Rush. But we’re sure that folks will still be watching Charlie Chan movies. 🙂

Rush: 2 1/2 minutes to go…

HonoluLou: Do we open at the credits?

Bob-Toronto: Right you are M and R

angel AND FOX!!: HonoLOU! Hatches battened? Governor being set adrift?

Rush: Len, if folks come into your course with a chip already on their shoulder, that’s sad.

HonoluLou: Aloha A&F

Phil & Mrs. Phil: Bob-Toronto Hi, I’ve never seen you before. When did you stard attending?

Bob-Toronto: Hopefully none of reality TV survives 80 years for future gens to see.

Rush: 90 seconds…

Rush: 75 seconds…

Bob-Toronto: Hello Phil and Mrs Phil. Last week was my first !

Phil & Mrs. Phil: Are Toronto?

Rush: WELCOME…Phils…!

Rush: 60 seconds…

Bob-Toronto: Yes.

angel AND FOX!!: He’s been MOSSED! Have a Blue Moss!

Rush: 50 seconds…

Phil & Mrs. Phil: Hi Glickster!

Rush: 🙂

Rush: 40 seconds…

angel AND FOX!!: We’re ALL Glickniks here.

Rush: 30 seconds…

HonoluLou: That’s slick “Glickster!”

Rush: Hey, Phils!

Rush: 20 seconds…

Rush: 15…

Rush: 10….

Len Freeman: No I don’t see that… not so much chips as an awareness of how these things look now with some perspective… just gets more awkward to laugh and let it flow through….

Rush: 5…

Rush: GO!!!



Rush: Title….

Phil & Mrs. Phil: GONE BABY!

Rush: Music….

Mike n Rachel in DC: We just think it’s amazing to have another geographical name here…

Len Freeman: Going

Rush: Credits….

Rush: Great GONG, Matt!

HonoluLou: I like the Chinese Cat better than the Maltese Falcon 🙂

Rush: Gong and can meister!

Phil & Mrs. Phil: Rush, I have a good friend with the last name of Glick so he gets the same name treatment.

Len Freeman: As a title…

angel AND FOX!!: I LOVE that cat. Ming thing?

Rush: Please give him my deepest sympathy, Phil!

Rush: 🙂

Matt1: TYSM

hounder: then you’ll have to teach them to put thing in time perpective.

Rush: Ready the can….

angel AND FOX!!: James Burkett. If HE was here we’d be in a LOT less trouble.

HonoluLou: Oh no! BANG

hounder: good luck len

Rush: “Checkmate”

angel AND FOX!!: THE END

Rush: Len….just teach TRUTH.

Rush: Something in VERY short supply today.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Pawn to King’s Rook…ugh

Phil & Mrs. Phil: Waiting

Matt1<tin can>

angel AND FOX!!: Fox wants a maid’s outfit like that. I told him, with your own money maybe.

Phil & Mrs. Phil: Cue the can

Rush: White Feather Boa.

Rush: TYSM, Matt…

Rush: Headlines…

Matt1: That was quick

Rush: mark the passage of time.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Fox is relieved to see the feathers, no doubt

angel AND FOX!!: If only the cat had been electric. Might have saved the white-haired dude.

Rush: Case goes cold….

Phil & Mrs. Phil: We’re off to a good start

Rush: Note our friend here…

angel AND FOX!!: ‘POLICE BAFFLED” is always a good sign.

Rush: Mr. Chandler.

Mike n Rachel in DC: “No foxes were harmed in preparing the clothing for this motion picture”

Bob-Toronto: There he is !

Rush: Saw him in a couple of Chans already….

HonoluLou: From “King of the Zombies”!

Rush: A “chance” meeting here!

Bob-Toronto: A classic Lou. 🙂

angel AND FOX!!: CC here looks like a Bob Dylan character.

hounder: watch the road bb

Rush: Chan: “Murder is my business.”

Len Freeman: Yeah…. films in general are pretty good for analyzing social mores… one of the frameworks I use is that they function as a kind “dream life” of a culture…

HonoluLou: Bob, I know. He actually got top billing, too!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Lots of personality around this desk

Len Freeman: Welll enough analysis.

Rush: Note Chan’s signature on the note soon.

Bob-Toronto: Did he ? never noticed. he deserved it. Very funny

HonoluLou: Len, would you be up for an entry in our 3rd Annual Newsletter, January 1st?

angel AND FOX!!: MnR: You note a solicitousness on the part of The Industry that is horribly abused by Fox and kin. They’ve shredded whole wardrobes, and holed shredded wardrobes. They’re retained only because of contracts.

Len Freeman: Sure, send me an email note.


angel AND FOX!!: WOW!

Rush: Note toler’s “Chan” signature here.

HonoluLou: Awesome, Will do, Len! TXS

Rush: Please compare to that on the note we soon see.

Rush: OOPS.

HonoluLou: No, No, in my room, Plz.

hounder: good way to think of older movies len

Rush: I guess that happens in another one….

HonoluLou: Cool note, Rush.

Rush: We’ll see it upcoming.

angel AND FOX!!: I’ve always loved the Brit convention of “rooms”. I NEVER remember to use the phrase in the rare opportunities that come up.

Rush: Part of my collection.

angel AND FOX!!: Tommy AND Greta (TM) should BOTH be in SCHOOOOOOOOL!

Rush: “Dark Alibi” I think is the correct one.

angel AND FOX!!: How DARE they?!!

Len Freeman: BRB — switching to my laptop

Rush: Okay.

HonoluLou: We’ll wait……..

angel AND FOX!!: We’ll watch the ramparts, Len.

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HonoluLou: CLEVELAND. I better get ready!

Bob-Toronto: Rush- Dark Alibi- Is that where BB has a partner and they do a strange Abbott Costello like routine ? Been a while.

Len Freeman has joined this room

Len Freeman: back

angel AND FOX!!: In moments like these i imagine the characters have changed clothes. Chan in a frilly bodice is not for the heart of faint.

Rush: Lou…we have another “undocumented” Chan adventure: “Charlie Chan in Cleveland”!

HonoluLou: HaHa, Rush, so true and hopefully sooner than later!

angel AND FOX!!: I’m ALWAYS here Monday nights, or i try to be!

Rush: As this adventure takes place in San Francisco, Tommy is attending a college in the area.

HonoluLou: Ouch!

Rush: I think that other clues point to U.C. Berkeley.

angel AND FOX!!: This was before the college was burnt to cinder, right?

Rush: More than 20 years before, Angel.

angel AND FOX!!: I love Art Deco grillwork. Makes me want to hand over all my stuff.

HonoluLou: I got my first Chan book at a book sale like that, years ago!

Rush: $2.00 then…about $30 today.

Rush: Yes, Lou?

HonoluLou: Yes, and too bad they never put out a book with all six novels in one. Maybe someday.

Rush: One of the “unusual “Karzos Brothers.

angel AND FOX!!: Looks like CRISWELL from Plan 9.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Charlie Chan? …who else?

HonoluLou: I love this guys face when he dies.

Rush: Yes, Lou. The closest comes to FIVE of six.

Rush: CC is a faster reader than I am!

Rush: More than halfway throgh the book already!

Len Freeman: A few years ago I “bought” all the Chan books on Kindle for $3 or so… they the Yuan book came out Kindle pulled them. Turns out you’re really just leasing them from Kindle…

angel AND FOX!!: Without my glasses, two of those baddies look like Andy warhol & Leonid Brezhnes.

angel AND FOX!!: WARHOL! BREZHNEV!! Sorry for slippery fingers!

Rush: Interesting, Len!

Mike n Rachel in DC: BB is not excited

Rush: I had that happen to a kindle book as well. I just chalked it up to “timing out”!

angel AND FOX!!: The ocean called. They’re running out of torpedoes.

hounder: bb gets sucked in will he nil he

Rush: No, Mike!

HonoluLou: I got a signed copy from Huente Yuang, when he came to HNL to speak.

Len Freeman: It’s an excellent book

angel AND FOX!!: Like to see them cut from THIS fog to the famous Foggy Tarmac of Casablanca.

Rush: he had a rough “introduction” to the Chan environment last week!

Rush: We see here a very COOPERATIVE victim!

HonoluLou: Watch the twins face when he kicks the bucket…Argh!

Bob-Toronto: Just thinking of that Angel and Fox. Claude Rains where are you ?

hounder: cool hl

angel AND FOX!!: READY tin can?

Rush: Must have been TWO candles lit!

Rush: Bob: 🙂

HonoluLou: Do not go gently into that….

Rush: Fog…atmospheric…

angel AND FOX!!: That was a Chippendale! Their underwear was in the compartment!

Rush: Matt awaits verification…


Len Freeman: I’m not remembering his name, but the “brothers” actor was a longtime Monogram villain in their serials.

HonoluLou: Len, Rush will tell us.

Phil & Mrs. Phil: Cue the can

Rush: John Davidson: Karl Karzos/Kurt Karzos

angel AND FOX!!: Of all the cab stands in all the world, (s)he walks into mine.

Matt1<tin can>

Rush: 🙂

HonoluLou: A&F…haha, good one.

Rush: TYSM…Matt..

Rush: Thick fog.

Bob-Toronto: :)Will there be the beginning of a beautiful friendship here too ?

angel AND FOX!!: We DO KNOW that “tin” cans are not made with actual tin, but are rolled steel with a pinch, just a pinch, of marmot from Brazil?

Rush: Beautiful…I am not sure….

HonoluLou: I have a fedora like that.

Rush: Yes?

Rush: NICE Lou!

angel AND FOX!!: He came to meet Captain Reynaud.

HonoluLou: And I know you have a VERY Expensive Panama Hat, Rush!

Bob-Toronto: 🙂

Rush: I think that’s what I would like for Christmas, lou!

Rush: I should behin a hinting campaign….

angel AND FOX!!: Balances nicely. These guys specialize in stolen bads.

HonoluLou: You need them here Rush for the CLE winters.

Rush: A takeoff on the radio drama “Lights Out” here.

hounder: lights out opening

angel AND FOX!!: Lights Out EVERYBODY!

Rush: Yes, lou!

Rush: Yes, Hounder.

HonoluLou: The old lion dog trick!

Rush: YES!

angel AND FOX!!: ANOTHER LION DOG. I knew it.

Rush: Deepens the meaning of “bread.”

angel AND FOX!!: This was before Dollar Tree, right?

Rush: “Buy War Bonds”

HonoluLou: I collected them for 2 years, while living in Taiwan as a G.I.

Rush: (“cuckoo…)

Rush: Poor BB.

Rush: Not too much love between the twins.

HonoluLou: I wonder if that was a real book?

Rush: I have looked for it…no.

Rush: A prop.

angel AND FOX!!: Where can i buy War Bonds at this hour?

HonoluLou: Oh, wonder what became of it?

Rush: I also looked for the book that CC reads on the Clipper en route to Treasure Island.

Rush: No book that I could find via the Internet.

angel AND FOX!!: I have several pounds of fat ready. Fox must go to war!

HonoluLou: They may be sitting in someones attic or basement, but probably gone by the wayside now!

Bob-Toronto: A zinger from CC

angel AND FOX!!: Oh, no: an “expert”!

Rush: “Expert is merely man who make quick decision – and is sometimes right.”

Rush: 430,000 today…

HonoluLou: Big spender!

hounder: charlie is not above a gamble

Rush: $30,000…sorry.

Phil & Mrs. Phil: How do they know the murderer of Manning wore gloves?

angel AND FOX!!: $20k will keep C.K.Shek busy on The Front(s), allow Mme. C.K.Shek & her Flying Tiger to make the Tiger With Two Backs all week long.

Rush: And Reknik promises the equivalent of $375,000!

HonoluLou: Still alot! Excuse please while humble self refresh tiger tea am drinking!

Rush: A lot indeed!

angel AND FOX!!: I like that “Reknik” spelled backward is KINKER.

Rush: “If mind not too small…”

HonoluLou: I want a door like that!

Rush: Angel…HM…

angel AND FOX!!: H’luLou: For the $$$ Rush has offered, you can get a ton of tiger tea. Order now!

Rush: (knock…knock…knock…)

Rush: True, Angel…

Mike n Rachel in DC: Whos there?

HonoluLou: For sure A&F

angel AND FOX!!: He hopes the chair will furnish not just a room but an alibi.

angel AND FOX!!: Hu’s there?

Rush: Mike: “Boo!”

HonoluLou: I don’t like that guy!

Rush: Agreed, Lou.

Rush: CC notes the diamond.

HonoluLou: Rush, is that the almost other Charlie Chan?

Rush: Poor Tommy.

angel AND FOX!!: Wave that finger once more & Tommy will ginsu it off.

Rush: BUT…we see things later prove a STRONG Pop/son bond!

Rush: CC collects dust.

Rush: “Ouch!”

Rush: Plants a bomb!

angel AND FOX!!: CC, MASTER of the velvet glove ’round an iron putdown.

Bob-Toronto: I recognize that stairwell from last week’s film. 🙂

Rush: yes, Angel.

Rush: AH! Good catch, Bob!

Rush: Probably from the outside of Monogram studios.

Rush: Watch!

angel AND FOX!!: tickticktickticktik

Matt1: Kaboom

angel AND FOX!!: Bob—i MUST rewatch!!

Mike n Rachel in DC: *ducks*

Bob-Toronto: This week’s furnishings are a bit more tasteful. Yes Rush. monogram budgets were legendary weren’t they.

Rush: If you freeze that frame and move it frame-by-frame, you see what they did to get that “explosion.”

Bob-Toronto: Angel and Fox- let me know if you agree.

Rush: Indeed, Bob!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Wu Song?

Bob-Toronto: Will do Rush. Thanks

angel AND FOX!!: Will do Bob! Will examine carpentry, report to Board.

Rush: BUT, that slim budget resulted, I feel, in some interesting creativity!

HonoluLou: Diamonds are forever.

Bob-Toronto: Without question. Fox had some expensive sets but monogram did have some very exciting films.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Need litter box

Rush: (boing.)

angel AND FOX!!: Had Babe Ruth or Casey Stengel bought the jewel, would it have been called The Baseball Diamond?

Rush: Ask, and it pops out!

hounder: innocently mentioning the cat sparks pop’s mind

Rush: You nailed it, Angel!

HonoluLou: Clear as chop suey!

angel AND FOX!!: Hold on to your kimono.

Rush: LARGE writing.

Bob-Toronto: Yes, hounder !

angel AND FOX!!: Rush: Nailing it has been my standard of excellence.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Rush. You need to be sure that statement is not taken out of context. Might endanger our G rating.

Rush: Nice little bit just then!

angel AND FOX!!: MnR, you KWITE RITE! All we need is the Haze Office!

Rush: mike…you are right…can’t be too careful today!

angel AND FOX!!: Was FOG on sale in the period this flick was flacked? Or was there a tissue shortage?

Rush: 🙂

Bob-Toronto: 🙂

Rush: This hammers it home that we are in San Francisco!

HonoluLou: Wo Boo Boo Boo!

angel AND FOX!!: Do you belieeeeeeeeve in love?

angel AND FOX!!: Rush: Watch it with that hammer. STOP THE HAMMERING!!

HonoluLou: Hey, doesn’t Charlie take a punch of two in this flick?

Rush: Coming up later…

hounder: charlie plays matchmaker again.

Rush: Yes!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Once you have large family all other troubles seem small

HonoluLou: Did she give him stick eye!


Rush: Wise words, yes, Mike.

Rush: And, Chan should know!

angel AND FOX!!: Mister DUMASS, you mean.

HonoluLou: Rush, so this guy is playing opposite Toler who beat him out for the Chan part, right?

Rush: Cy Kendall

Mike n Rachel in DC: Hm. Let him go easitly

angel AND FOX!!: Can’t prove a negative, Mr. Dumass.

angel AND FOX!!: I’ll bet all the girls Cy’d.

Rush: It seems he was considered as a new Chan at the death of Warner oland.

Rush: Screeching tires….

HonoluLou: Wonder if there was any animosity?

Rush: Chase through the fog.

angel AND FOX!!: Windshield wipers hadn’t yet been invented.

Rush: Unknown, Lou.

Rush: But, as kendal lived to 1953, it would be interesting to consider how long tghe series may have gone with him as Chan.

Rush: I posed that at our Message Board, actually!

angel AND FOX!!: Damn.

Rush: Note: GEORGE Deacon.

angel AND FOX!!: (Tin can?)

Rush: Yes.

HonoluLou: Rush, I commented today on that 🙂

Matt1: Not letting me

Mike n Rachel in DC: Odd music

Rush: Nice, lou!

Matt1: tin can

Mike n Rachel in DC: Sounds like Dvorak

Matt1: 4th try!

tenman: Cy akso appears in x-9

Rush: I thought I’d try to awaken comments at our Board!

Rush: A bit “slow’ of late.

angel AND FOX!!: OXygen!!

Rush: Yes!

Bob-Toronto: I’ll check it out Rush. Didn’t know there was a board.

HonoluLou: Rush, I have a blog for January 1st that is going to solicit comments on your Message board from many 🙂

Rush: We have now entered the…Oxyzone…

angel AND FOX!!: Matches were rationed; even Little Match Girls were rationed.

Rush: THAT’S rationing!

angel AND FOX!!: Only thing more fun than an EXPLOSION is the NEX’PLOSION!!

HonoluLou: Wow, the ole oxizone tube from a tank in the keyhole routine!

angel AND FOX!!: Rush, times was tuff.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Oxyzone < Tetragene

Rush: Pizza just delivered courtesy of my Rachel…

Len Freeman: Hooray for oizza

Rush: 🙂

angel AND FOX!!: Pepperoni transnational?!

Len Freeman: pizza

Mike n Rachel in DC: We had Rachel-inspired Chinese here, Rush

HonoluLou: Rush, enjoy. I’m doing bourbon and potato chips for dinner tonight 🙂

Phil & Mrs. Phil: Hey is this thing working yet?

Mike n Rachel in DC: All-American Rachels on both coasts

Rush: I ALWAYS say “oui” to pizza…”oizza”.

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Phil & Mrs. Phil: I couldn’t “Cue the can” kept getting error messages.

Rush: Paul!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Hello Paul!


HonoluLou: Greeting Paul.

angel AND FOX!!: MnR: You have been named for Nobel Prize. Pizza boy will be delivering N.P.—with 35 million kroner cash. You will owe him $8 change.


Rush: Three murders thus far! Please join us!

angel AND FOX!!: Paul makes a DOZEN, Fox makes it a BAKERY!

PaulM: join you? why? are you falling apart?

Mike n Rachel in DC: A&F: I thought there might be a problem ordering pizza from that Nigerian website

Rush: Actually…we have 14 with rachel in DC and Mrs. Phil!

angel AND FOX!!: Dassss RITE!!

HonoluLou: Were at 46:50 min, Paul

Mike n Rachel in DC: Sort of like the Big Ten…looks like 10…actually 14. 🙂

Rush: We still need to collect “Birminghamisms”!

HonoluLou: Rush, what a great idea…”feet don’t fail me now!”

Rush: Well…that one’s a bit of an “urban legend.”

HonoluLou: Haha, I know.

Bob-Toronto: MM has a thing for maids. Just like in King of zombies.

Rush: 🙂

angel AND FOX!!: BB gets some!! YES, a Birmingham codex MUST be gathered!

Bob-Toronto: 🙂

Rush: Lou, we see him definitely as a ladies’ man!

HonoluLou: Bob, so true!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Culinor? Sounds like a brand of stove.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Kulinoor?

HonoluLou: Hey, that guys got a nail file!

Rush: The Gang’s all there.

HonoluLou: Now The Fun House, fun!

angel AND FOX!!: This gang don’t look like they got the moxie.

Phil & Mrs. Phil: Kulinoor..sounds Klingon

Rush: The warning system.

Mike n Rachel in DC: It’s the polish that gives him away, Lou

HonoluLou: Ahhhhhhhhhh! Sorry

Rush: Sounds like “Koh-i-Noor” to me, Phil!

tenman: He remind me of you!

angel AND FOX!!: Xylophones are NEVER equanimical.

Rush: Used those pend years ago in art.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Good point, PMP. Or maybe a Vulcan weapon?

Len Freeman: This mine set was used in the Batman serial

HonoluLou: Haha, M&R

Rush: Chan is caught!

Bob-Toronto: Good eye Len !

Mike n Rachel in DC: Fight to the death with the … Kulinoor!

Rush: Here comes the rough stuff.

angel AND FOX!!: Acting in a coal mine, about to slip down…

HonoluLou: Don’t they also beat the crap out of Son No.3, while Charlie tells em, tough luck!

Rush: “2”

Rush: Tommy.

angel AND FOX!!: Can i make a true move?

Rush: Apt comment by CC…

Rush: Tommy takes a bit of punnishment, too.

angel AND FOX!!: Hope ran thrilling thru my ice/dirt packed veins when i saw that “2”.

HonoluLou: He’s all yours. You can take it son!

Bob-Toronto: Wow you were right Rush.

angel AND FOX!!: Saved by his Windsor knot.

Rush: “Tasted like RAT.”

Mike n Rachel in DC: *squeak squeak*

tenman: How does he know what rat tastes like??

Rush: (Cough…)

Rush: BB will help out soon…

angel AND FOX!!: tenman: we don’t want to know. That’s BATTING in another league.

Rush: “A jetterbuggin’ skeleton!”

angel AND FOX!!: If Little Orphan Annie came to life & came to be a trollop, she’d be this babe here.

HonoluLou: Love that line!

hounder: gnight everyone. have to get mom to bed.hope to see you next week.

Rush: Quick thinking by Chan…and BB!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Bye hounder!

HonoluLou: Get up you lazy kid and untie me 🙂

Bob-Toronto: Good night hounder

angel AND FOX!!: Gnite H!!

Phil & Mrs. Phil: Nite hounder

HonoluLou: Bye Hounder

Rush: We vsee why Tommy is a bit slow here.

angel AND FOX!!: Thank you falettin me be mice elf.

Rush: He got more beat up than we saw.

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Rush: This is the most punnishment we see a Chan son get in the series.

angel AND FOX!!: I don’t like the look of that “6”.

HonoluLou: Rush, or Charlie too, perhaps?

Rush: Yes.

angel AND FOX!!: Despite CC’s threats of punishments, he never did the meting.

Rush: Pretty bad in “City in Darkness,” but Tommy has even that beat.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Meanwhile, the Useless Rich People…

angel AND FOX!!: Their hash will soon be settled.

Rush: That takes care of theur warning lights.

HonoluLou: M&R, right. As they sit there smoking.

HonoluLou: Ah, why is that hole there?

Rush: The inept detective and his girlfriend stay at home.

Len Freeman: This cast is full of Monogram serials and series actors… a who’s who of henchmen…

angel AND FOX!!: They’re gonna have to buy a complete set of 0-9’s, the Acme Supply Co. isn’t going to just sell them 1-6.

Rush: CC helps him later!


Mike n Rachel in DC: Pay extra for the unbreakable glass, A&F

angel AND FOX!!: More xylophone. More cowbell too, but MUCH more xylophone.

Rush: The working title for this one was “Murder in the Fun House.”

Rush: BB “TCBs”

Rush: (BONK!)

angel AND FOX!!: MnR: Will do. I’m going to send 35 cents in stamps or coins, get the durable stuff. Tetragene-resistant too, i should think, for that kind of money.

Bob-Toronto: I killed the ghost ! 🙂

Mike n Rachel in DC: Insignificant Offspring of Searchlight come through in pinch!

Rush: YES!

HonoluLou: Ahhhh, oh not foamQ!

Rush: Tommy comes to the rescue!

angel AND FOX!!: I wish John Waters would sit ONE MORE TIME in the director chair, & do us a Chan.

Rush: Finally!

Bob-Toronto: I see what you meant Rush !

Rush: Karl Karzos.

tenman: A Waters Chan?? I’d pay big money for that!!

Rush: Brother of Kurt.

angel AND FOX!!: tenman: you & me both!!

Rush: SEE!

Mike n Rachel in DC: Chancellor Karzos. High Minister of Klingon Affairs

HonoluLou: Ain’t that a kick in the head!

Rush: Chan hid it on the bad guys’ boss.

angel AND FOX!!: I think the Man from Baltimore would be THE ONE to put CC over the tricky 21st Century goalposts.

Rush: 🙂

angel AND FOX!!: WEBSTER Deacon?

Mike n Rachel in DC: Justin Tucker?

angel AND FOX!!: Justin case.

Mike n Rachel in DC: Justin Time?

Rush: “This is how you did it.”

HonoluLou: Not WD40?

angel AND FOX!!: H’luLou:     

Rush: he may get a promotion, but, will he ever “solve” another case?

Len Freeman: Not a chance

HonoluLou: Haha, won’t matter Rush.

Rush: I guess not!

Mike n Rachel in DC: The skids are greased, Rush

Len Freeman: And we’ll never see him in another Chan

HonoluLou: Can’t fire a civil servant 🙂

Rush: Reknik is out $20,000.

angel AND FOX!!: The introduction of WD-41, any day now, could ALONE loosen the tight economy.

angel AND FOX!!: Let’s all be turtles!!!

Len Freeman: Buy those War B

Len Freeman: bonds

HonoluLou: Angel & Fox…yuk yuk!

Rush: “Thank YOU!”

Rush: THE END.

Matt1: <yee-haw>

Mike n Rachel in DC: Nice light touch at end

Danventure: Indeed


Mike n Rachel in DC: $$$

Rush: Next week…

Rush: “Black Magic”

Mike n Rachel in DC: <kids-yeah>

HonoluLou: A&F, now I get the War Bonds joke :)!

Rush: Also known as…

Mike n Rachel in DC: *puts penny in war bond bank*

tenman: Good flick, good company. ‘Night all!

Rush: “Meeting at Midnight”

angel AND FOX!!: Bedtime for BONDZOS!!

Bob-Toronto: That was really enjoyable. Nice pace to it. Hadn’t seen it before.

Rush: Thank you ALL for another night of Chan and fun!

Rush: You are ALL great!

Matt1: Good night folks and have a great week

angel AND FOX!!: Remember, everyone, MOCK turtle soup! It doesn’t DESERVE your respect!!

Rush: (bowing)

Mike n Rachel in DC: Very fun! And so much better with the company.

Phil & Mrs. Phil: Goodnight all, have a good week.

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HonoluLou: Yes, night everyone. Be sure to check out August 1st! Lou

angel AND FOX!!: Yay!!

Rush: Got it, angel!

Bob-Toronto: Thank you all again. Have a great week and see you again next week.

Len Freeman: Nite

Mike n Rachel in DC: Good night all. Can’t wait, Lou!

Rush: take care of Fox!

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Danventure: Great to “see” everyone! Thx Rush!

Rush: Looking forward, Lou!

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Rush: have a wonderful night…

Rush: Good night, Bob and Paul!

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Rush: See you next week!

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