The text of our Charlie Chan Family Chat for July 29, 2019
The Chinese Cat
Secret Agent X-1 (Chapter 2)
(NOTE: All posting times indicated are Pacific Time Zone.)
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Louise: WELL HELLO ALL YOU CHAN FANS. I AM THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST TONIGHT AS RUSH IS AWAY FOR THE EVENING.
Louise: We will be watching “The Chinese Cat” at 8:15. Before then we will watch Chapter 2 of an odd little spy series, “Secret Agent X-9” co-starring Benson Fong and Keye Luke!
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Louise: Hi GS
Godwinshelley: Hello Louise
Louise: I have never done the countdown. Do you want to do that?
Godwinshelley: My husband rebooted our internet just as I needed to get on
Louise: They do things like that!
Godwinshelley: No you can – I set the 2 minute timer on my phone and that keeps my hand free
Louise: Oh, good idea. I will do the phone thing now.
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Godwinshelley: I know a couple weeks back no one showed up for the special features
Louise: What time do you usually start the short film? I have never been able to come for that.
Godwinshelley: I’m on my iPhone for chat since my husband is still rebooting the internet
Louise: Hello PD! Welcome.
Godwinshelley: Usually 7:45
pdclassicdvds: Hi Louise. Thanks for the welcome.
Louise: Okay, I’ll do the coundown for that too
Louise: I have not met you before, pd?
Godwinshelley: Good practice for the 8:15 countdown
pdclassicdvds: Nice to meet a fellow Chan enthusiast
Godwinshelley: Yes it’s fun
Louise: Well as I said in BIG PRINT above, I am substituting for Rush tonight.
Godwinshelley: I was an acupuncture student and found the group
pdclassicdvds: I guess your patients got the point?
Louise: I found the group when I was teaching a film lecture on censorship and found the Chan video about that.
pdclassicdvds: I never saw that.
Louise: I guess it wasn’t about censorship, more about movies on Sundays or something like that! I reloaded it to the site last year after Rush lost it.
Louise: It’s on the site somewhere.
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Godwinshelley2: there my laptop can now connect to the internet
Louise: I’m goinfg to start the mini-feature a bit early since I want to be done by 8:00. Okay with everyone? 2 minute warning…
pdclassicdvds: Ok with me
Godwinshelley2: ok-let me find it
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Louise: Hi aemelton
Louise: We will be starting the mini-feature in about a minute
Louise: Everybody ready?
Godwinshelley2: I’m set – I think
Louise: 20 seconds
Louise: 5 seconds
Godwinshelley2: I’m running
Godwinshelley2: Benson Fong AND Keye Luke
Godwinshelley2: So this was a newpaper comic strip I guess
Louise: Okay, that ws harder than I thought to type!
Godwinshelley2: Not enough hands or eyes – I know – it’s harder than you would think
Louise: I found one page from the newspaper comic. I’ll see if I can send it to Rush
Godwinshelley2: It’s best to get everything cued and just have to hit go
Louise: So Lloyd Bridges as a fake Nazi
Louise: I love the fake punches
pdclassicdvds: Thank goodness Lloyd made it out alive!!!
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Louise: Sea Hunt!
Cdirus: Hi guys!
Louise: Hi CD
Louise: We are watching Lloyd Bridges being a Nazi
pdclassicdvds: Is that all you need is a fake ID
Louise: Yes, better put that chute on if you are jumping out
aemelton: the music tells us we are back in Japan
pdclassicdvds: Oh no please not Benson Fong as a bad guy!!!!
Louise: So do the fake buck teeth they put on all Japanese
Louise: So many different accents
Louise: Pith helmets
Louise: He suddenly has a German accent
Louise: Fun to see our actors in a diffrent movie
aemelton: that was easy
aemelton: oh she has a gun
Louise: Who are these people???
pdclassicdvds: I agree. I am a little lost.
Godwinshelley2: internet fun here still
Godwinshelley2: Is that dress too big for the lady>
Louise: American? Fie on Americans! (German-esque accents)
Louise: That is high-tech!
pdclassicdvds: Why didn’t he hit the woman?
pdclassicdvds: Run Lloyd Run!!!!!
Louise: Wish we had our sound effects!
Godwinshelley2: So who is the good guys in this?
Louise: I assume X-9 is
pdclassicdvds: Good thing they were there to help him
aemelton: I wonder if the Bridges family has ever watched this together
Godwinshelley2: What did the sign say?
pdclassicdvds: I am sure they would get a great kick out of it
Godwinshelley2: Is that sign “Internment Camp”?
Godwinshelley2: This copy is very dark
Louise: Yes, they said they ran an internment camp for the Germans
Louise: Is it me or is this film really dark?
Louise: That was fun!
Godwinshelley2: yes really dark
aemelton: haha yes
pdclassicdvds: Many of the serials are not very clear. That is why some groups try and remaster them.
Godwinshelley2: I need to cue my dvd AND check on the vanilla lime frozen yogurt ice cream I am making
Louise: Oooo, GS, I want some!
aemelton: sounds amazing
Louise: So I read in Rush’s description that the Chinese Cat is a play on the Maltese Falcon
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libraryjim: Hi all
Louise: Hey Jim
Cdirus: Hi Jim!
Louise: We are Rush-less tonight
libraryjim: Charlie Chan not kitten around with the Chinese Cat tonight, eh?
libraryjim: I’m sure the fur will fly with him on the case, however.
Louise: You’re the cat’s meow, you are!
libraryjim: How come no Rush tonight?
Godwinshelley2: I’m cued and the ice cream is almost ready to dish out into the frozen container
pdclassicdvds: Didn’t Monogram use the same script as this one for a Mr. Wong movie as well?
Louise: I can’t remember why! GS? Do you know?
Godwinshelley2: It was a Mr Wong script first
Godwinshelley2: I think Rush has some summer school things that keep him late this month
pdclassicdvds: Monogram certainly knew how to save a buck.
Louise: I think Rush had an appointment
Godwinshelley2: AND I need to tend to my machine again
Louise: You know this substituting for Rush is making me nervous!
pdclassicdvds: Louise you are doing just fine. Thanks for pinch hitting.
Louise: I left my dinner on the stove so I wouldn’t be distracted!
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Louise: Hi Paul
Cdirus: Hi Paul!
Louise: OKAY, who wants to be the Tin Can tonight???
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Louise: Welcome back ae
PaulM: good evening
Louise: I need a tosser of the tin can!
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Dona: Hello Everyone!
Louise: If I don’t have a Tin Can tosser, no one can die in this movie!
Louise: Hi Dona
libraryjim: hi, Dona
Cdirus: Hi Dona!
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Cdirus: Hi Phil!
Louise: Hi Phil
Dona: Hi Phil
Louise: I have a 2 minute warning
Phil: Aloha all. I’ll be that tin can tosser if Matt isn’t here!
Louise: Thanks Phil! Matt won’t be here
Dona: Where is Rush?
Louise: Please cue up to the titl
Phil: Hello PD, LJ, Louise, CD, Paul, AE, Dona and Rush…wherever he may be.
Dona: Ready here Louise
pdclassicdvds: Hi Phil
libraryjim: Hi Phil
Louise: Rush is at a meeting
Louise: 45 seconds
Louise: I am so bad at this
Dona: Thank you!
Louise: 30 seconds
Louise: 20 seconds
Phil: I’m q’d
Louise: 10 seconds
Louise: 5 seconds
libraryjim: Going, no Gong?
Phil: This could be a comedy of errors tonight since I’ve never tin canned before.
Phil: GONE BABY!
Louise: Me and you Phil. Maybe they will ban us in the future!
pdclassicdvds: Who is Luke Chan?
pdclassicdvds: He was in the credits?
pdclassicdvds: relative of charlie?
Phil: At the very bottom.
Louise: Damn that was fast
Louise: Oh Phil, you are awesome
Phil: Man already called to service.
pdclassicdvds: The old sliding door routine. Third time I fell for it this month.
Louise: Feathers instead of fur tonight
Dona: You are both doing a bang up job.
Louise: We try Dona
pdclassicdvds: NO white hat?
Phil: I didn’t wait for a confirmation on that death. But I didn’t want to delay.
Louise: Birmingham Brown
Dona: He makes me laugh.
Louise: Murder is my business!
libraryjim: Luke Chan actor, born 1896, died 1983. He didn’t make many films
pdclassicdvds: Thanks LJ
pdclassicdvds: That is the guy from Scarlet Clue
aemelton: smoking guy is shady
pdclassicdvds: I thought he was a japanese scientist. Oh no that was the serial
libraryjim: oops, he actually appeared in 38 films, including “The mysterious Mr Wong” as Professor Fu
pdclassicdvds: Pop Pop Pop why you sound like outboard motor?
libraryjim: He also shows up in CC in Shanghai.
libraryjim: uncredited, as a reporter
Louise: Pay phones were so important in old movies
Louise: Tommy foes to UCLA?
Louise: Charlie is rather casual here
aemelton: hands in pockets
pdclassicdvds: He must have a few dollars
libraryjim: Another one with a time-crunch.
pdclassicdvds: Nothing is too difficult for Charlie
Dona: Maybe that’s how they keep the movies short
libraryjim: Huh, Benson Fong played a character named Lee Chan in T.J. Hooker1
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pdclassicdvds: Where is other man??? That is hysterical
Louise: Hi Rush!!!
Rush: Just got in from work!
Cdirus: Hi Rush!
pdclassicdvds: Hi Rush
libraryjim: Charlie is a bit short with Tommy
Phil: Aloha Rush
Louise: We’ve been holding down the fort for you.
Rush: Aloha, Phil!
libraryjim: $2.00 for a hardcover book! Today it would set him back $30
Rush: Please continue!
Rush: Where are we timewise in the movie?
pdclassicdvds: Nice police officer. How could you ticket Birmingham????
Cdirus: about 12:35
Louise: We are all messed up on the time!
pdclassicdvds: I guess those guys are twins?
Rush: I am at 13:20.
Rush: s that close?
Phil: Yeah, they’re they twins from the Matrix.
Dona: Yes they are
Louise: Close, a little fast
Rush: Time, please?
pdclassicdvds: Not the twins from Austin Powers. LOL
Phil: You good Rush?
Rush: I think I am close.
Rush: How is everyone?
Louise: We missed you
Rush: I am trying to shake the “freeway buzz.”
Louise: and I am not good at countdowns!
Rush: It has taken me 15-plus years to get that down, Louise!
Rush: Poor Mr. Karzos…
aemelton: nice music
Rush: A very WILLING victim!
Rush: TYSM, Phil.
pdclassicdvds: Two of them were too many anyway
Louise: But Phil has been perfect on the tin cans
Phil: This is nerve wracking.
Louise: I know Phil!
Rush: Matt had to miss this evening because of an ailing family member.
Rush: Might be back next week.
Godwinshelley2: OK Ice cream for everyone – Its out of the machine
Dona: you were perfect on the countdown Louise
Phil: Gees I hope so.
pdclassicdvds: Thats too bad
Godwinshelley2: Yes Louise I watched it on my iPhone and started my remote
Louise: spooky lighting
Rush: And, sadly, Len is not with us because his eldest son suddenly pasased away.
Godwinshelley2: Oh that is soo sad
Dona: sounds good to me GS
Godwinshelley2: I’m sorry to hear about that
Rush: Please keep him and his family in your thoughts/prayers.
Phil: Sorry to hear about Len too. Shocking.
pdclassicdvds: I will keep him in my prayers
Rush: This is where the “family” in Charlie Chan Family comes into play.
Louise: Okay, and I just got a phone call from my husband who is on his way to the hospital with appendicitis! In Mexico! What is happening???
Dona: I’m so sorry to hear that, I will also keep them in my prayers
Cdirus: Sorry to hear about Len.
Godwinshelley2: What – I’m here to run it for the rest of today louise if you need to vamoose
Rush: We have shared happiness as well as sadness over the years.
Rush: Thankfully, happiness has outweighed the sadness.
Louise: Thanks, GS, but I really don’t have anywhere to go because he is in Mexico
Louise: Yes Rush
Godwinshelley2: Husband’s appendix or someone elses?
Rush: But, the tougher things in life are a reality, of course.
libraryjim: A surprise in every loaf
Rush: And, all of you are so wonderful, and provide much comfort in times of need!
Louise: My husband’s appendix.
Rush: Yes, LJ.
Rush: Yes, Louise…
Dona: Yes Yikes
Louise: Yeah, yikes. a true nightmare
Godwinshelley2: can you check his phone’s location?
Louise: He is being driven to the hospital
Rush: The Karzos twins are perhaps the weirdest characters in the Chan series!
Godwinshelley2: yes Rush
Louise: Hey GS, what is that stuff on the wall?
Rush: So, he’s in the hospital as we speak, Louise?
Louise: On the way, Rush
Rush: Are are you near the hospital, or is he out of town?
Louise: No, driven by one of his students
Godwinshelley2: odd fortune telling images
Louise: Yes, GS
Rush: I didn’t realize this was happening right now, Louise!
Louise: Yes Rush, just a few minutes after you arrived!
Rush: I missed some information above, Louise, but is your husband fairly nearby to you now, or out of town?
Godwinshelley2: If he has any allergies to meds, now is a good time to text the info to his phone
Godwinshelley2: Rush – in Mexico
Louise: He is in Mexico, Rush
Rush: Mexico City area?
pdclassicdvds: I better not wear gloves
Louise: No, in a rural area but near a good city
Cdirus: Which city Louise?
Rush: That’s a plus, Louise.
Rush: Well, we add him to our thoughts/prayers.
Godwinshelley2: Did he get travel insurance?
Rush: If you have to leave us, louise, of course we will know why!
Godwinshelley2: I can run it if need be
Rush: Knocking on the ceiling.
Rush: Walter Deacon.
Louise: Thanks all. I will hang out until I have to go…
libraryjim: Knock three times in the ceiling if you want Chan
Godwinshelley2: Twice on the pipe – if the answer is nooo
Dona: that should be a song LJ
Godwinshelley2: It was a song
Rush: LJ: 🙂
Rush: GS: 🙂
Louise: Charlie reall rough on Tommy in this one
Rush: DUSTY desk.
Godwinshelley2: I think Chan is annoyed that he is paying good money to a school that the boy chooses not to attend
pdclassicdvds: Gee a kid who doesn’t want to go to school. That is a novelty
Cdirus: Did he just write on the desk?
Rush: It seems that Tommy is going to or is attending a San francisco Bay area college.
Louise: Charlies moustache is a bit long here
Rush: CD, CC made a tracing of a unique shape on the desk.
Godwinshelley2: Charlie has a bowling ball case?
Louise: Well he said earlier it was the University of california
pdclassicdvds: Look out Charlie
Rush: He sees that something was removed from that spot recently.
Dona: it looks like charlie had a bowling ball
Rush: Tick, tick….
Rush: It is fun to play the explosion sequence frame-by-frame.
Godwinshelley2: Cabbie needs a cabbie
Rush: An “extra” whose identity has been lost to time!
Godwinshelley2: That is a bowling case, right?
pdclassicdvds: It is
Dona: looks like it to me gs
Godwinshelley2: So Charlie bowls!
Rush: CLUE here.
Rush: That tracing.
Rush: Shopkeeper must have bad eyesight so he writes very large characters!
Godwinshelley2: Two locations? Shore location and Pier location
Rush: Note the mirror.
Rush: Turned vertically.
Dona: i hadn’t noticed that before Russ
Rush: My guess is that it somehow was a distraction in that shot of Tommy and BB in the car.
Godwinshelley2: Is this the foggiest Chan film of the series?
pdclassicdvds: Short and snappy
Rush: “Dead Men Tell” has some…
pdclassicdvds: Its the dead guy
Rush: But, I think this one takes the cake.
Phil: That dude IS freaky. No two ways about it.
Rush: The other Karzos brother.
Dona: agreed phil
Rush: Not at all concerned that his brother was murdered.
Godwinshelley2: I saw a headline on Facebook that said “of the 200 people you meet on the street today, 2 of them are ghosts” – I didn’t read the story, but it would apply to this film I believe
Rush: “Once you have large family, all other troubles mean nothing.”
Rush: Spoken by a true expert!
Godwinshelley2: Yes Chan sure is –
Rush: Seems to happen in this film, as you say, GS!
Louise: Okay, no news from Mexico but I think I will go. See you all next week.
Rush: Please keep us posted!
Louise: I will
Godwinshelley2: OK Louse – good luck – keep us up to date
Rush: Our best to you and your husband!
Louise: And Rush, let’s talk more about downloading the website
Rush: A city streets chase….
Rush: And…more fog…
Rush: Yes, Louise!
Dona: Is it raining?
Rush: Of course!
Dona: i don’t see rain
pdclassicdvds: I knew that guy was up to no good!
Phil: Wonder what those intersections look like now?
Rush: maybe just the moisture from the fog.
Godwinshelley2: What city do you believe that to be they drove thru, Rush?
Rush: when one is in fog, actually one is inside a cloud…lots of moisture!
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libraryjim: The shadows know
Rush: That is supposed to be San francisco, but probably shot in Los Angeles.
pdclassicdvds: what kind of music is that?
Godwinshelley2: I took a couple screen shots of those travelling scene with me while in SF and nothing seemed to match
Godwinshelley2: PD – I’d say romping through a field music
Rush: The mystery breeze…
Godwinshelley2: Now on to the comedy music
pdclassicdvds: that is what it sounds like
Rush: “Confusion” music here…
Godwinshelley2: Lucky the gas isn’t flammable or the matches would have set it off
Rush: BB gets woozy….
Rush: Dr. Reknik…
Godwinshelley2: Oxisone – spelling on subtitles
pdclassicdvds: great line
Godwinshelley2: Everythng back to normal
Rush: There is big money at stake in that wager made earlier!
pdclassicdvds: Charlie never loses
Rush: “Dog cannot chase three rabbits at same time.”
Rush: Fortunately, PD!
Rush: So, Tommy accidentally helps his Pop.
Rush: Daisy Bufford as Carolina.
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libraryjim: tis time BB chases the skirt.
Rush: hello, DV!
danventure: Late, yes, but at least I am not late.
danventure: I am here.
Rush: The gang in their funhouse headquarters.
Godwinshelley2: In case you want to join in – thou Monograms tend to run short
Rush: Yes, I believe that this IS the most foggy film in the series!
Godwinshelley2: Seems to be to me
Rush: Yes, AE.
Godwinshelley2: Rush – I corrected the email address you had buried in your email group message when I put it on facebook.
Rush: “Skeleton” music.
pdclassicdvds: Charlie too smart for them
Rush: Yes, he is.
Rush: wait till we eventually find out where CC put that diamond!
Rush: This is one of the toughest scenes in a Chan movie.
danventure: I don’t recall many times CC actually gets punched…
pdclassicdvds: You usually don’t see Charlie manhandled like that
Rush: Tommy really takes one for his Pop, soon.
Godwinshelley2: This part is rough
pdclassicdvds: loosen his tie
Rush: “Tasted like RAT.”
Rush: Good line.
pdclassicdvds: BB will save the day!!!!
Rush: BB and the trick mirror.
pdclassicdvds: This cop is as useless as a screen door on a submarine
Rush: The alarm monitor.
Rush: PD: 🙂
aemelton: private graveyard
pdclassicdvds: Why wouldn’t they leave one guy with the Chans
Rush: Possible answer: They are not too smart!
pdclassicdvds: Thats it!
Rush: BB giggles through this tense situation!
pdclassicdvds: Where are the Bowery Boys?
Rush: He seems to be “acclimating” to the Chan “norm.”
danventure: LOL. Yeah, the Bowery Boys…
libraryjim: What was the line in “Olympics”? Better to lose life than to lose face”?
Rush: In the next studio, PD!
pdclassicdvds: Call Sach
pdclassicdvds: and Mugsy
pdclassicdvds: They left Tommy
pdclassicdvds: Its about time
Rush: Tommy was too injured to move yet.
Rush: he agreed to stay behind and hide.
Rush: “His light out, too.”
libraryjim: his light outtoo
Rush: Tommy emerges…
libraryjim: Tommy Turtle?
Rush: Tommy to the rescue!
libraryjim: Chan gives a compliment, finally1
Rush: “Two-gun” Birmingham.
Rush: Yes, LJ!
Rush: We do see that Chan is a loving, grateful dad!
Rush: GREAT hiding place for the diamond!
pdclassicdvds: Now my fingerprints are on the gloves.
libraryjim: Yeah, don’t he feel foolish, having the diamond all along
Rush: Type of fur?
Godwinshelley2: looks like part of a gorilla suit to me
Phil: Dead rabbit?
Rush: “This is how you did it.”
pdclassicdvds: Like Robot Monster
Dona: all police take a blond in a mink to an arrest
Rush: YES, PD!
Phil: Boy, that is one sharp cop.
Rush: How will he do on his next case…without Chan?
libraryjim: Bishop = church officer; deacon = church officer. therefore bishop= deacon
Phil: By then, he’ll be in management.
Godwinshelley2: Poor BB
Rush: “Thank YOU!”
pdclassicdvds: You is crazy
aemelton: buy bonds
Godwinshelley2: That’s all Folks
Rush: BUY BONDS….
pdclassicdvds: too late for bonds
libraryjim: another great entry
Rush: Next week: “Black Magic”
Rush: (AKA: “Meeting at Midnight.”
danventure: Here’s hoping for an earlier arrival for me next time. Thanks all!
Rush: That wraps another Monday evening together.
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libraryjim: Well, good night one and all. Have a great week.
Phil: Good seeing all of you. Aloha till next week.
pdclassicdvds: Thanks to everyone. Hope you have a great week
Rush: I thank Louise and GS for taking over tonight.
Godwinshelley2: Quite a lot happening this week – hope everyone has a more boring week coming up
Rush: i will be late again for two more Mondays….
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pdclassicdvds: they did a fantastic job
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Dona: Thank you Louise and Phil and Rush! Great night once again.
Rush: PThank you ALL!
Godwinshelley2: OK Rush – will try to be on-time –
Rush: GREAT evening.
Rush: I hope you had as much fun as I did tonight!
Godwinshelley2: I did – it’s always a great group of folks
Godwinshelley2: And Chan of course is wonderful
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Godwinshelley2: Have a great week everyone
Rush: Please pray for Len at the loss of his son, and for Louise whose husband is heading toward a hospital in Mexico as we speak.
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Rush: Take care…
Godwinshelley2: Yes indeed
Rush: have a happy and safe week!
Godwinshelley2: Night everyone
Rush: See you ALL here next Monday Night!
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Rush: Good night, CD!
Cdirus: Good night Rush! See you next week18:25
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