The text of our Charlie Chan Family Chat for August 3, 2020
Black Magic/Meeting at Midnight
Secret Agent X-9 (Chapter 5)
fox & angel
Mike in DC (Rach lurking)
Mr. & Mrs. Phil
Rush has joined this room
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Matt1: Hello Rush!
Rush: Hello, Matt!
Matt1: Hope you had a good week!
Rush: How are things following the passage of the hurricane?
Rush: Doing well, thank you!
Matt1: Nothing here in St Pete
Rush: Good to hear.
Rush: I am thinking about Hounder now.
Matt1: This is what FL calls a nuisance storm, lol
Rush: LOTS of rain expected in her region.
Matt1: I think she’s pretty west in NC, no? Asheville?
Matt1: High elevation too
Rush: Yes, and I am not too sure how far west the heavy stuff will occur.
Matt1: Louise and GS could see it, especially being on east side of the storm
Matt1: East side is usually the roughest
Rush: Makes sense, yes.
Rush: So, how was YOUR week?
Matt1: We had some winds 13-16 mph, which made for an interesting bike ride this weekend!
Rush: Not too bad windwise…
Matt1: Good, though I have my 5 year check up on Wed, if you know what I mean ….50+
Rush: I guess sudden gusts could be adventuresome!
Rush: Yes…I know.
Matt1: Head winds tough, tail winds fun….crosswinds, scary!
Rush: Tail winds are very nice…
Mike in DC (Rach lurking) has joined this room
Matt1: We went out in between rain during tropical storm last year 30+ mph….wowza!
Rush: Mike and Rachel!
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): Greetings!
Matt1: Hello M & R!
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): Hello! Matt…hope the hatches are battened,
Rush: How are both of you doing, Mike?
Matt1: All good here….We’re sending it your way to drain the swamp!
Rush: Might flood it!
Matt1: Clean it up!
Rush: Well…we made it to August!
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): We’re well. I’m overworked and underpaid…been in Zoom meeting all day. Rach had to go into school for a few hours. But some dinner…gin and tonics and packing for a vacation are perking things up.
Matt1: Hard to believe its August
Matt1: Where too?
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): Another school year beckons. EEEEEEK!
Rush: Two know cures: Packing for a well-deserved vacation, and gin and tonic!
Rush: Yes, Mike.
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): To Bedford Springs, WV. A house on a mountaintop…
Matt1: Not in that order though
Rush: It beckons…but is still shrouded in doubts!
Matt1: Very nice and sounds relaxing
Rush: True, Mike!
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): Probably would have been better to pack before the gin and tonic, but Rach is an expert.
Rush: Just make sure you can still pack following part one!
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): *hic*
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): Hm. Do I really need 12 pairs of underpants for 7 days?
Rush: Well…looks like it’s just us for the serial…
Rush: Let’s get them ready?
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): X9 always gets his man!
Matt1: Ready here
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): All set here…YouTube ready
Rush: 30 seconds…
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): tick…tick…tick…
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): *Rach folds socks*
Rush: Hands over the “dossier…”
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): *scowls at overly dramatic music*
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): *Mike brings Rach G&T #2.* Gotta relax, honey.
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): Back at…Shadow Island!
Rush: Back to Shadow Island…
Rush: This one’s really hard to hear.
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): Secret Agent Manm
Mike in DC (Rach lurking): *Man
Rush: Or…”Secret Asian Man…”
Matt1: Go fish!
Rush: Nice throw! Nice shot!
Rush: Imagine Cy Kendall as Charlie Chan….
Rush: Reading her lines on the floor again…
Rush: Just saw a splice!
Rush: I am straining to hear the dialogue.
Rush: Approaching this week’s cliffhanger…
Rush: “You can’t join the pith helmet gang that easily!”
Rush: Watch that downgrade!
Rush: Next week: “Staffed by a Zero”
Rush: 15 minutes until “Black Magic”
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Rush: This time Chan is assisted by daughter Frances.
Bob-Toronto: Good evening everyone !
Rush: Frances Chan is portrayed by…FRANCES CHAN!
Rush: Hello, Bob…WELCOME!
Matt1: Hello Bob!
Bob-Toronto: Thanks ! Sorry I just missed the serial this week. Hope everyone is well.
Matt1: Hope you are too Bob
Rush: Frsnces Chan also appeared as a Chan daughter in the “lost” “Charlie Chan’s Greatest Case.”
Rush: Doing well, thank you, Bob…and I hope the same goes for you and youurs?
Bob-Toronto: Things are slowly returning to normal here. Some more openings etc. How are things there ?
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Matt1: Groundhog Day
Rush: Well…things are always in a flux here in California.
Rush: “Optimism” one day…”negative” the next!
Matt1: Depends on which newscast you watch too
Rush: I suspect that we will see a miraculous “cure” on, say, November 4?
Matt1: lol….I’ve said that for months, Rush….but just wait
Bob-Toronto: Yes, I saw recently that some parts of the state were being shut down again. Although I think that was a few weeks ago now. Newscasts-yes ! They only show cnn here. Fox was pulled last year.
Rush: Yes…that’s all we can do…wait…
Rush: The REAL numbers to look at are the deaths.
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Louise: Hi Chan Clan!
Matt1: Hello Louise!
Louise: Hi Matt
Matt1: Batten your hatches!
Bob-Toronto: Hello Louise !
Louise: Hoow was the storm in Florida?
Rush: In our county of 3.3 million…less than 600 have died supposedly of the virus.
Matt1: Passed right by
Rush: Hello, LOUISE!
Louise: Well, Matt, be happy you left NJ. We are getting a direct hit.
Rush: Ouch, Louise!
Matt1: Looks like you’ll be on east side of eye, so be careful!
Rush: 6 minutes…
Bob-Toronto: 600 ? Wow, we’ve had more than that in Toronto alone.
Rush: ready your movies, please…
Louise: I spent the morning tieing down our furniture and securing my plants
Rush: Getting there…
Bob-Toronto: Mine is all set !
Louise: I have the poster for tonight’s movie
Mr & Mrs Phil has joined this room
Rush: Mr. and Mrs. Phil!
Matt1: Hello M/M Phil!
Rush: Good evening!
Louise: Hello Phil family
Mr & Mrs Phil: A LO HA to all our Chan Friends!
Bob-Toronto: Hello !
Mr & Mrs Phil: Q’d and ready here.
Louise: I have popcorn tonight!
Rush: If you are watching the Fox DVD of our film, note the error at the title!
Louise: I am cued at “Black Magic”
Mr & Mrs Phil: The “Black Magic” error?
Rush: At the bottom of the frame is an added note: “Original Title: “Meeting at Midnight”
Rush: Original title is as read!
Rush: “Black Magic.”
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Cdirus: Hi guys!
Rush: TWO minutes to go…
Matt1: Hello CD!
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Bob-Toronto: Hello CD
Matt1: Hello Hounder!
Rush: 90 seconds…
Cdirus: Hi Bob!
Louise: Time flies
Cdirus: Hi Hounder!
Rush: Good evening!
Mr & Mrs Phil: Hi CD, Hi Hounder
Bob-Toronto: Hello Hounder
Rush: 75 seconds..
Louise: hi hounder
Rush: 60 seconds…
Rush: 50 seconds…
Rush: 40 seconds…
Hounder: Internet is really glitchy this week so I’m not going to be staying. Hope everyone’s well and has a great week.
Rush: 30 seconds…
Rush: “Melting” credits…
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Rush: Or, perhaps…”wispy” credits…
Louise: Some seriously ominous clouds have just rolled in! Here, not in the movie!
Rush: Yes, louise?
Rush: May you and everyone be safe.
Cdirus: Do you have a weather alert radio, Louise?
Rush: Dr. Bonner.
Rush: BB looking for employment.
Rush: Perhaps after having his cab blown up in the last movie, that’s understandable!
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Cdirus: Hi Paul!
Rush: Mr. Johnso looks to be about 6′ 5”
Matt1: Hello Paul!
Rush: Hello, Paul!
Mr & Mrs Phil: Hi Paul
Bob-Toronto: Hello Paul !
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Rush: Good evening to YOU!
Godwinshelley3: Big Hoosier hello
Bob-Toronto: There’s that monogram stairwell again !
Cdirus: Hi GS!
PaulM: good evening
Rush: How are you and your parents this evening, GS?
Godwinshelley3: I’ve been in Indiana more than Delaware this year!!
Louise: Back from checking: crazy wind and rain and this is not even the hurricane. CD: I get alerts from The Weather Channel.
Godwinshelley3: Folks are ok – still trying to get long term care to reimburse us for inHome care. It’s a nightmare
Matt1: Sounds like Morgan Freemam
Rush: “What happened in London the night of October 5, 1935?”
PaulM: we got a good shower move through here about half an hour ago. knocked out my power for a second.
Matt1: <tin can>
Mr & Mrs Phil: Cue the can
Rush: Wow, Paul!
Rush: TYSM, Matt…
Louise: Where are you Paul?
Godwinshelley3: Just a quick hello and I need to leave – hello I must be going as Groucho saya
Rush: Okay, GS!
PaulM: Rochester NY
Rush: This keeps your record intact at least!
Godwinshelley3: night All
Rush: Officially here!
Louise: Wild rain and lightening here on the Jersey Shore!
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Rush: Good night, GS!
Matt1: Take care, GS
Rush: take care…
Rush: Sounds crazy, Louise!
Louise: If I suddenmly leave, it is the lightning
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Rush: Chan at play…
fox & angel: Mr. Edwards is a favorite of mine!
Rush: fox and angel!
Cdirus: Hi Fox and angel!
fox & angel: Louise, it will not “lighten” us should you, ahem, suddenly leave!
fox & angel: Hi everybody!! What’s the “time”?
Louise: I have my own sound effects here! Spooky thunder!
Bob-Toronto: Hello Fox and Angel
Mr & Mrs Phil: 11:05
Mr & Mrs Phil: 11:30
fox & angel: WHAT?
Mr & Mrs Phil: 11:45
fox & angel: Man you’re crazy
fox & angel: oh all right
fox & angel: no gun
fox & angel: coroner calls
Rush: No gun…yes.
fox & angel: “got weed?”
Rush: Chan agrees to the case.
fox & angel: INVISIBLE BULLET. Every year about this time, Invisible Bullets replace Tetragene. Later will be Murder Hornets.
fox & angel: TYSM
Rush: Get ready for the “I am psychic” running gag…
fox & angel: I invented an invisible bullet. Got it right—hmmmm—
Rush: Can that kill the invisible man?
fox & angel: Anybody remember Pearl Harbor And The Explosions?
fox & angel: They had a song i loved, “You’re In Trouble Again”.
Rush: What song are they known for, please?
Rush: If you saw the lower right screen, you saw the extended stick used by someone off camera!
fox & angel: Was it Dionne Warwick was hooked up with the Psychic F(r)iends Network?
Bob-Toronto: Yes ! 🙂
Mr & Mrs Phil: That was her Fox
Rush: THE ACTUAL NAME AND LOCATION OF THE BUILDING USED AS THE “CHALMAR BUILDING” AS SEEN ON THE “CHALMAR BUILDING” DIRECTORY NEAR IN THE ELEVATOR SCENE WHICH READS: “HENNE BULIDING DIRECTORY”: Henne Building, 122 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles.
Louise: Yes Piop. You need her on the case!
Rush: Chan mentions his 14 children.
PaulM: she’s really cute
Rush: Yes, Louise!
Rush: Agreed, Paul!
Bob-Toronto: The Monograms sometimes have nice brief location shots of LA architecture. Very enjoyable.
fox & angel: Rush, you & my father would have had a great time catching the infinite equivalents of extended sticks. My mother BANNED my dad from watching TV movies with her, because he kept on pointing out stuff like “They didn’t have that kind of Conestoga wagon till 1870”. She treasured him in her heart, but threw him out of the Family Room.
Rush: Yes, Angel!
Rush: WIDE-brimmed hat.
fox & angel: Sounds like William Bonner coulda died many deaths—and maybe WILL (*spooky effects here*)!!!
fox & angel: I hope to learn enough to put SOMEBODY in prison, i hope not humble self.
Rush: With 45 minutes to go, we will, Angel!
fox & angel: Fox will get me out. Maybe.
Louise: fox and angel: very funny about your mom and dad
fox & angel: My mom & dad were funny people. I only really appreciated them “after”, & it hurts so i think of it carefully.
Rush: “Now I’m hearin’ things, and there ain’t nothin’ to hear.”
Rush: Another BB-ism!
Rush: Nice little bit there.
Louise: I love that white suit
Rush: And the clashing shirt/tie!
Rush: You meant on BB, right?
Rush: I like CC’s white suit too!
fox & angel: BB looks like many or any of the flock of African independence leaders who were to come in the mid-’50s-mid-’60s, & who unfortunately ended unfortunately.
Rush: Chan has had experience with fake psychics…comes into play here!
Bob-Toronto: Treasure Island comes to mind.
fox & angel: I KNEW he was gonna be wearing his white suit tonite.
Rush: Yes, Bob!
Rush: And, I was also thinking of “Charlie Chan’s Secret.”
fox & angel: Chan with one of his fans.
Bob-Toronto: Could never figure out if the psychic in Castle in the Desert was fake or not.
Rush: This one does have more in common though with “Treasure Island”!
Bob-Toronto: Yes- Forgot about Secret !
Rush: Madamme saturnia seemed to be on the “up and up.”
Rush: Although her predictions were sort of vague, they did seem to come about!
Bob-Toronto: She did get some things right didn’t she ? 🙂
Louise: Chan is a joker
Rush: Everything, actually!
Rush: Louise: 🙂
Bob-Toronto: I’ll have to watch it again. Thanks Rush !
Rush: He is kind of “playful” in this one!
Louise: Madame Saturnia is one of my faves
fox & angel: WiFi woulda helped Miz Bonner plenty.
Rush: Always nice to watch again…and again….
Rush: Yes, Angel.
fox & angel: With the Mostest.
Bob-Toronto: She was played very well, wasn’t she Louise ? Actress’ name escapes me now.
Louise: She had style!
fox & angel: The old Monkey Paw trick.
fox & angel: If you SEE a paw, tuck it. (That’s a New Englandism.)
Rush: Ethel Griffes was Madam Saturnia
Louise: Too many possible murderers
Louise: Thanks Rush
Bob-Toronto: Thanks Rush ! Yes, Louise, she did play it with style.
Rush: Interesting, as I saw “Werewolf of London” Saturday night, I saw that she was in that film with Warner Oland.
Louise: I want to watch that, Rush, after you mentioned it.
Rush: A good one, of course!
Mr & Mrs Phil: I wanted to watch that Rush but fell asleep. Sorry now I missed it.
Bob-Toronto: Really ? It’s been ages. I must see it again. Thanks Rush.
Rush: The cop next to Chan controlled the flag this time!
fox & angel: Mr.Edwards is an entertaining third-level cast member. I like to think if series had gone on, Mr.Edwards might have had an ensemble place.
Rush: Watch his left hand next time!
fox & angel: Rudy Vallee?
Rush: “Merely bored.”
fox & angel: I double-dog dare ya.
Mr & Mrs Phil: The old lights out trick
Rush: Happens in at least 50% of Chan films!
fox & angel: They put the HO in HOTEL.
Rush: We need to log that!
fox & angel: Nice printing.
Louise: 50% Rush? I believe it!
Rush: Angel…no “yo-yo” or doughnut comment?
fox & angel: REVOLVE HER!
Matt1: Don’t go to the roof
Rush: Stay off the elevator!
fox & angel: Try singing Zip-A-De-Do-Dah.
Matt1: That goes WAY down
fox & angel: I believe everyone. I believe no one.
Louise: She is such a liar
Rush: Aud…up to the roof of doom.
fox & angel: Above the Doom Room.
fox & angel: Broadcasting nightly with the sopistipated sounds of Big Louis & His Continental Cocktails.
Rush: “Wait till I get under my hat.” (I like that one!)
fox & angel: ALWAYS BUY CHESTERFIELDS. Don’t SMOKE ’em, fuhgawshsakes, they’ll KILL YA! Just buy em. Buy ’em and shut up. I was never here, you got that? CHESTERFIELDS.
Rush: Berkely Building.
Rush: I’ll stick with WC Fields…
Rush: A woman on a mission…
fox & angel: Looks like VENETIAN BLINDS was a secure market sector in those halcyon days. Wouldn’ta wanted to be around for the Venetian Blinds Crash, nossir.
Rush: A FINAL mission….
Louise: Watch the elevator….oooops, different movie!
fox & angel: Ah YESSSSSSSSSS…
Rush: Yes, Louise!
Rush: “Don’t jump!”
Matt1: What goes up…..Yuck
Mr & Mrs Phil: Cue the can
fox & angel: Louise: I had those Elevator Floor Number glass tiles shipped to you directly. You were right, the set of figs 0-9 was $83, 1-6 sold separately were $15 each. So i ordered 20 sets of 0-9. You owe Amazon $1,660 + tax.
Matt1: <tin can>
Rush: They watched her all the way to the pavement.
Rush: I would have turned my head.
Louise: fox/angel: I am flumoxed
Rush: Little piece of dry ice in the beaker.
Rush: To make the bubbles.
fox & angel: Louise: From LAST WEEK. Remember? Gunshots smashed the pretty floor indicators where the bad guys were hanging out? Don’t let an elevator bring you down, Louise, just pay the man. I don’t set the prices.
fox & angel: Ick.
Rush: The hypnotic drug is called “menasgerol and mesmerol.
Louise: The joke is on you fox/angel: I wasn’t here last week!!! No SALE
Rush: Bit here with CC and Frances…
Rush: “Net toot out of old horn.”
fox & angel: I’m gonna add menasgerol & mesmerol to the list of fake medications my fake doctor letter says are being used to treat my chronic exposure to hydrogen dioxide (water).
Rush: Yes, Angel.
Rush: A Chanesque put-down to Frances!
Rush: Treats his kids equally!
fox & angel: You can see how Big Pharma itched to climb in on this racket.
fox & angel: This guy is future Postmaster General material.
Rush: Wrapping paper filled drawer rifled.
fox & angel: Optical damage inflicted by detective’s daughter!
Rush: Music builds…
Louise: scary music
fox & angel: Eyes knocked out!
Rush: Missed his opportunity to take the pill!
fox & angel: Only Charlie Chan can say that.
Rush: Is the water grugged?
fox & angel: Tear gas was legal then?
Rush: So, CC went along with the “plan.”
Rush: Yes, Angel.
fox & angel: How do they MAKE those little bead-chain things?
fox & angel: LOOK OUT CHARLIE!
Rush: “Chalmar Building”
Rush: If you look closely at the directory in tghe lobby, it reads “Hem
Rush: nne Building Direcetory.”
Bob-Toronto: Good eye !
Louise: There he goes…don’t do it Charlie
Rush: Better being hit by a car than die from a fall from 20 stories!
fox & angel: There was water in that mesmerol. What’s the “time”>
fox & angel: ?
fox & angel: (53:30)?
Bob-Toronto: Im at 53:15
fox & angel: Pausing 10 secs for catchup.
fox & angel: (53:45).
Rush: Pass the mustard, please…
fox & angel: I relish good mustard.
fox & angel: Chan at elevator door
Rush: Angel: 🙂
fox & angel: Woulda been some comfort had he got pancaked to have been offed by a real classic ride.
Rush: Wine cellar.
fox & angel: This ALWAYS scares me. I’m seriously acrophobic.
Rush: As am I.
fox & angel: REALLY, Rush? Do you fly?
Rush: That I can do. I just hate high buildings and cliffs!
Rush: “Come SEVEN!”
Rush: The image from this week’s fil still I sent out.
Mr & Mrs Phil: I go to the doctor for medication when I fly Fox.
fox & angel: Interesting. I hate them all—& funny thing is, i was BORN on a USAF base while my dad was in service, we flew all over till i was 6 or so & no problem AND i love airplanes & aviation to this day—but CANNOT fly.
Louise: Good spooky lighting
Rush: By the way, if anyone here does not yet receive our weekly email “newsletter,” you can get on the list by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
fox & angel: Everyone needs medication when they fly Fox.
Rush: Word association.
Bob-Toronto: Thanks Rush. I will do that.
Mr & Mrs Phil: I love planes too. Go to airshows. Get Air&Space magazine etc but scared to death of flying.
Rush: There was a period of time when I was afraid to fly, Angel.
Rush: That was following the plane crash in san Diego in 1978.
Louise: Junior member of the firm
fox & angel: Mr.& Mrs. Phil, we’ll gather on the Observation Deck, with eyes closed!!
Rush: Yes, Fox…
Rush: Although, i will wait for everyone in the lobby!
Rush: “Blood bullet”
Mr & Mrs Phil: I get well and truly stupefied.
Mr & Mrs Phil: Makes it a bit dicey if I’ve got to drive after the flight.
Rush: Got him!
Rush: Not clever enough!
fox & angel: The individual disasters are understandably off-putting. I dunno how ANYBODY goes Up There—but especially lately, as i’m shuttling with my pickup truck up & down I-95, a high point of each trip is the JUST-overhead passing of Big Jets about 50 feet off ground, over 95 at Newark Airport. WOW!!
Bob-Toronto: Almost forgot BB !
Louise: Seance over
Rush: Yes, Phil!
Rush: Also…please say “hello” to Mrs. Phil for us!
Mr & Mrs Phil: TYSM Rush, will do.
fox & angel: Ready tin can?
Rush: “Third hand”
Rush: Only for the “demise” of this week’s movie…!
Rush: THE END
Louise: Brains and Beauty
Rush: Yes, Louise!
fox & angel: Humble apologies, colleagues, am called away on secret business. Hope to see all next week??
Bob-Toronto: Nice one
Louise: Buy War Bonds
Rush: That ends tonight’s movie!
fox & angel: Buying $18 of WB’s in lobby on way out. Gnite all!!!!!
Rush: Next week…
Rush: “The Jade Mask”
Cdirus: See you guys next week!
Rush: With Edwin Chan….
Rush: Number Four Son.
fox & angel: Will wear TWO masks!! See all!!
Rush: Sounds good!
Rush: Take care, Angel!
Mr & Mrs Phil: Until next week…aloha.
Rush: Thank you ALL, as always!
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Louise: Until next week…unless the hurricane blows us away
Rush: GREAT evening!
Matt1: Good night folks and have a great week….Stay safe in the northeast!
Rush: Always makes my Monday!
Rush: Yes…be safe, everyone!
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Rush: Especially those in the storm zones!
Bob-Toronto: Good night all ! Thanks again for a great night. Stay safe.
Rush: You, too, Bob!
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Rush: Good night!
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Rush: Paul, Louise, Bob….thank you!
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Rush: Good night, paul…
Rush: See you next week!
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