The text of our Charlie Chan Family Chat for September 2, 2019
The Red Dragon
Secret Agent X-1 (Chapter 7)
Mike n Rachel in DC
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Mike n Rachel in DC: Hey Rush
Rush: Hello, Mike/Rachel!
Rush: How are the two of you this evening?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Hope y’all are having a good Labor Day in CA
Mike n Rachel in DC: We’re doing well…enjoying the day off!
Rush: Yes, it was very nive today.
Rush: I hope that you and Rachel had a great holiday!
Rush: Very good. a day off is always welcome!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Very relaxed. A little work, a little play. Now just enjoying the evening before school starts for real!
Rush: Summer is now officially over.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Rach had a week of teacher work days, now kids arrive tomorrow.
Rush: Everyone in our family have been back at school for one or two weeks.
Rush: We had our first full week back last week.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Sigh. So you’re back in harness already!
Rush: Beats the alternative, that’s for sure! 🙂
Mike n Rachel in DC: We’re both football fans, so the pain of school starting is balanced by the arrival of football. 🙂
Rush: Yes, indeed!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Yes…employment has advantages. 😉
Rush: Yes, as I say…I cannot complain!
Rush: Seems that the holiday has cut into our attendance so far tonight!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Yes. There must be a lot of partying among the Chan clan.
Rush: We can run our serial in a few minutes…
Mike n Rachel in DC: It’s been fun to see people joining in as time goes by…now that we’re semi-veterans. 🙂
Rush: That’s usually the time most begin arriving.
Rush: You are indeed!
Rush: We have had a fairly stable group for a little while.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Rach’s computer is at school, otherwise she could log on separately. We could say we officially had three then. 🙂
Rush: I was formatting and placing into our Chat Archive a Chat from June 13, 2011.
Rush: It was interesting to see some of the names who have left us.
Mike n Rachel in DC: I (Mike) really enjoy the archive.
Rush: Also, the number who are still attending!
Mike n Rachel in DC: I think I might have started peeking in around then–stag, though.
Rush: Thanks to Louise, we have many from the past in the form of screen captures.
Rush: There are gaps in the conversation, but the “gist” is there for us to look back on.
Mike n Rachel in DC: That’s very cool. It’s good there are many history buffs among the group. Good for archives.
Rush: Well, I guess we can begin…
Rush: are you ready?
Mike n Rachel in DC: OK. We’re set!
Rush: 20 seconds…
Mike n Rachel in DC: Modest countdown. 🙂
Mike n Rachel in DC: OK!
Rush: Yes…a “modest” countdown for this one!
Mike n Rachel in DC: I’m waiting to see how this intro ties into the action.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Back in China apparently
Mike n Rachel in DC: …Shadow Island…hm
Rush: Yes…”Shadow Island.”
Mike n Rachel in DC: No popcorn for the movie?
Rush: No, but we have Tommy!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Tommy, though, is a bad guy in this one…
Rush: And…Keye Luke…
Rush: s, M/R…we can’t have everything, I guess!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Excellent aim from a plane..
Mike n Rachel in DC: This doesn’t look good!
Rush: No…but they grabbed the briefcase!
Mike n Rachel in DC: whew
Mike n Rachel in DC: Well, at least X9 survives to fight another day.
Rush: Yes…but I might not be driving with headlights on.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Is she flirting?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Yes, Rush. These are pretty non-nefarious spies.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Should be a Chan film!
Rush: Video conference!
Rush: The volume is really low for me.
Rush: have to listen very closely.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Yes. The YouTube version is pretty fuzzy sound-wise.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Oops! Minor technical glitch. Time check?
Mike n Rachel in DC: 10:00ish?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Check. Gal with a gun!
Rush: You are there.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Entering office
Mike n Rachel in DC: Yes. I am not Nothere
Rush: No, Nothere has yet to arrive!
Mike n Rachel in DC: House of Shadows on Shadow Island
Mike n Rachel in DC: Bet their signature cocktail is the “Shadow Maker.”
Rush: Keye Luke uses a low, delibereate voice.
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Rush: Cy Kendall.
Louise: Hello Chan clan
Rush: Seen in “The Chinese cat.”
Rush: AH! WELCOME, Louise!
Rush: How was your day?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Hi Louise
Louise: WET! It poured all day and we are not even close to the hurricane path!
Rush: Are you getting some of the fringes of the hurricane?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Liquid air freezer?
Rush: Lloyd Bridges.
Louise: Not yet. We will by Friday. But we’ve had wild weather. A boy drowned here yesterday because of the rip currents.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Hey! Are you qualified to operate that freezer young man?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Yikes, Louise!
Rush: M/R: 🙂
Louise: Today was the last day of tpurist season and I say “goodbye” to all the drunken idiots for 6 months!
Rush: THAT’S a plus, Louise!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Definitely!
Louise: Definitely Rush
Rush: Pressure builds….
Rush: (In our serial!)
Mike n Rachel in DC: Brrrr
Mike n Rachel in DC: Not looking good for X9
Rush: “Liquid Air”…LOX?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Good thing that revolver has 97 shots
Mike n Rachel in DC: boom
Mike n Rachel in DC: Oh no! Will X9 survive?
Rush: This chapter ends with a ‘bang”!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Sure does!
Rush: Next week: “The Dropping Floor.”
Mike n Rachel in DC: Sounds like a trap door…
Rush: 11 minutes till showtime!
Rush: Yes, M/R.
Rush: Always nice to see that trap used!
Rush: Louise, I want to thank you again for ALL of those chat Room screen captures you have made over the years!
Rush: I formatted and installed June 13, 2011 today.
Rush: So much fun to look through them as I work on them!
Louise: Great. I don’t think I have any more
Rush: That was certainly insightful of you to have been doing that for so long!
Rush: Well, i still have a lot of material to go through!
Rush: It will take time, but, littlwe by little…
Rush: I see I am getting my typos in tonight!
Rush: 7 minutes to go…
Mike n Rachel in DC: 🙂
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Louise: I was doing it so I could remember what we had talked about with each movie. Glad I kept them.
Rush: Yes, Louise!
Rush: Hello, DV!
danventure: Sure grateful for Rush’s email alerts!
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Mike n Rachel in DC: Hey Dan
Rush: Good evening to you!
Mike n Rachel in DC: NT!
Rush: Welcome to you too!
Nothere: O.k. who pissed off the site?
Nothere: Hi folks
Mike n Rachel in DC: Not us
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Godwinshelley2: Greetings all
Mike n Rachel in DC: Hey GS, CD
Nothere: I clicked on the link and it said account suspended.
Godwinshelley2: Mild panic when I couldn’t find the right DVD
Rush: You mean the Chat Room, DV?
Cdirus: Hi guys!
Godwinshelley2: It’s on one of the smaller DVD sets
Rush: A welcomed flood!
Rush: 4 minutes to go….
Rush: “The Red Dragon” tonight.
Cdirus: OK good, cued up and ready to go!
Nothere: No the red dragon link
Rush: Please ready your copies.
Rush: Pausing at the opening title.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Yes. We have a bad copy of this one.
Godwinshelley2: I’m cued – not much lead on the WarnerArchives set
Godwinshelley2: And no subtitles – I usually run the subtitles to catch words I might miss
danventure: I was just getting the BBQ ready when I saw Rush’s email from yesterday. Would have been sad to miss because I plumbed forgot again.
Rush: Better bad than none!
Rush: 2 1/2 minutes…
Nothere: GENTELMEN START YOUR ENGINES!
Mike n Rachel in DC: True. But we really need a Dragon upgrade. Maybe for Christmas…
Mike n Rachel in DC: vroom
Rush: 2 minutes…
Godwinshelley2: Anyone attending Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention this month in Baltimore?
Rush: 90 seconds…
Rush: Sorry about the trouble, DV!
Rush: 75 seconds…
Louise: No GS. Wish I could.
Rush: 60 seconds…
Rush: 50 seconds…
Rush: 40 seconds…
Godwinshelley2: I’d share my room with you Louise
Rush: 30 seconds…
Mike n Rachel in DC: lights fuse
Louise: Can’t. We are going to santa fe.
Godwinshelley2: Well this screen just froze at the “GO” moment
Rush: Willie Best, tonight!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Looks like a bat is flying across the screen here.
Louise: Mine too GS
Rush: Sorry, GS!
Rush: We will get you caught up!
Godwinshelley2: I saw Milton Parsons in a Thriller episode I had taped this eek
Rush: “Mexico City”
Mike n Rachel in DC: Viva Mexico!
Rush: The sights…landmarks…
Godwinshelley2: I’m at 1:20
Louise: A lot less pollution then
Godwinshelley2: Nice hat
Rush: You are perfectly caught up GS.
Godwinshelley2: I guessed
Rush: A “must send” message!
Godwinshelley2: Hot suits for Mexico city
Mike n Rachel in DC: We need Chan!
Rush: You guess wonderfully, GS!
Louise: Again Charlie is the only one who can do it.
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Godwinshelley2: Hello Dona
Dona: Hello everyone.
Rush: Hello, DONA!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Hey Dona
Rush: Good evening!
Cdirus: Hi Dona!
Rush: I hope that everyone had a good Labor Day!
Louise: Hi Dona
Rush: You, too, louise, in spite of the rains!
Godwinshelley2: We had a beautiful day here today
Cdirus: I labored on this Labor day weekend
Godwinshelley2: Husband thinks the guy can’t type – so he just fiddled with the machine
Rush: One final mesage…
Mike n Rachel in DC: Suspects!
Dona: can i get the time? i think i’m close
Louise: Why is she wearing a lamp shade on her head.
Mike n Rachel in DC: 4:15 here
Rush: Chan’s plane arrives…
Mike n Rachel in DC: Birmingham Jr.?
Rush: CMA – Compañía Mexicana de Aviación
Dona: thank you! I think i’m there
Godwinshelley2: BB – cousin
Louise: His cousin
Mike n Rachel in DC: Ah.
Rush: Chattanooga…BB’s cousin.
Rush: We will see him later in “Dangerous Money.”
Dona: my computer seems to be dropping me. if it starts again tonight i’ll try switching to my ipad
Mike n Rachel in DC: Birmingham, Chatanooga…need Tuscaloosa next
Rush: Okay, Dona…
Nothere: Pardon me boy is that the uhm chochoo?
Rush: I agree here with Chattanooga!
Rush: I don’t appreciate heights.
Louise: chattanooga’s response is mine to heights
Cdirus: Mine too
Rush: banderillas – (Spanish) Decorated barbed darts that are thrust into the bull’s neck or shoulder muscles by a banderillero in a bullfight.
Cdirus: and not used to spear catfish
Cdirus: Like Chattanooga said
Rush: One would need perfect aim for that…and timing.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Charlie is not a physicist, sadly
Louise: real sceinece here
Rush: THE ACTUAL 95TH ELEMENT: Americium, discovered in 1944
Mike n Rachel in DC: All atoms have the same energy. You just need the unstable ones to be able to break them apart and release it.
Cdirus: I was just about to google the name
Rush: TYSM, M/R.
Mike n Rachel in DC: E = mc2
Rush: That is not my field, for sure!
Rush: First slap!
Rush: An “undocumented” Chan case noted in this scene.
Mike n Rachel in DC: “Murder is one way to discharge employee…”
Rush: Yes….good one.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Quite a villainous group here.
Cdirus: GouletPens.com has a Diamine Red Dragon***vailable
Nothere: So what did we do to tick of Retroviion, or is it just me?
Rush: Hm. I love these “links” to our films!
Louise: They all sell “farm machinery”
Cdirus: I’ve not used it. I prefer Noodler’s Antietam
Rush: Could be Retrovision, NT. unfortunately, this was the only online copy I could locate.
Louise: Nazis are back
Dona: was this movie made before the war?
Nothere: Yeah I was surprised youtube deleted it’s verions. They have like 4 full paes of Charlie, but they don’t seem to like this movie.
Rush: Just after.
Mike n Rachel in DC: This seems to be one of the more rare Chan movies
Dona: thank you Rush
Rush: Production: Early to late September 1945
Rush: The atom bombings had just happened before filming of this movie. Still in the news, certainly.
Rush: All of this would have been VERY new.
Louise: Do you think they updated the script Rush?
Rush: Poor Chattanooga!
Rush: Similar to a scene with Bb in “CC in the Secret Service”?
Rush: Louise, that is a good point!
Rush: That would probably be what happened.
Rush: “Are you sure?”
Rush: Good use of rear projection here.
Rush: “Unfortunately, Confucius not here at moment.”
Nothere: Well Charlie is in a foregin country working on atomic secrets. He really is more secret service than Honolulu pd in this one.
Rush: Yes, NT!
Rush: He is still working for the government.
Rush: “Police always dare to tell truth.”
Louise: Always the weird marriages
Mike n Rachel in DC: Puppy cannot fool old dog
Dona: a bunch of liers?
Rush: Shady, for sure, at least!
Rush: Tagged out!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Gonna need a fire extinguisher for CB
Rush: Or an ice pack!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Clue!
Rush: A bird?
Nothere: A plane?
Rush: He sees it too.
Rush: There was the “puppy” quote.
Mike n Rachel in DC:
Rush: We need to take that one back, M/R!
Rush: Just a dummy!
Mike n Rachel in DC:
Rush: Interesting how we saw Benson Fong as a villain in the serial tonight, and now as Number Three son!
Louise: The music
Rush: Stock monogram mood music.
Rush: Nice print on her dress.
Rush: CB is on fire!
Nothere: Well lets just hope Numbers 1 and 2 son took their filed detective carrers better.
Nothere: failed carrers even
Louise: CB suffers more than BB
Rush: Yes, louise, he does, actually!
Rush: More physically, to be sure!
Rush: Freight elevator.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Hm. Where are we in the movie? I think we must have jumped ahead. About to get a song here…
Godwinshelley2: Still searching
Godwinshelley2: 2 men talking near wall phone
Godwinshelley2: man on phone
Godwinshelley2: falling down stairs
Mike n Rachel in DC: Ack. Our copy must be missing stuff…correct time, but…THAT was the tin-can from a while back.
Rush: NOW we have a tin can moment.
Mike n Rachel in DC:
Godwinshelley2: motor cycle cops pull over car
Godwinshelley2: office with Chan interrogating man
Mike n Rachel in DC: Right. We just hopped back.
Rush: very good!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Teamwork.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Charlie vetoes arrest.
Rush: He often does!
Rush: Especially premature arrests!
Mike n Rachel in DC: “If you want wild bird to sing, do not put him in cage…”
Nothere: Tombstone objects to postponed arrest.
Mike n Rachel in DC: “He might not sing, but leastawise he won’t fly away..” 😉
Rush: Tombstone is an “arrest-happy” sheriff!
Godwinshelley2: My sister just called
Rush: Good news, I hope.
Rush: Countess Irena sings…
Rush: “My Heart is Yours.”
Mike n Rachel in DC: Eye-rina
Rush: She looks vaguely like jane Russell.
Dona: All the bad guys are there
Rush: She seems to draw them.
Mike n Rachel in DC: The bass player is not doing a good job faking playing. Grrr.
Louise: This singing lady make me think of something that happens in lots of movies during this time period. Why did Chan movies never have famous singers like, say, the Abbott and Costello movies did?
Rush: Obiously NOT a good fakery!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Dude, at least move the bow WITH the music, ok?
Louise: She forgot her husband?
Rush: MORAL: If you are going to give valuable information in a Chan movie, give it FAST!
Louise: Oops, too late
Rush: Cue the can…
Mike n Rachel in DC:
Dona: i miss the can
Mike n Rachel in DC:
Rush: Nice shoes on Chan!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Agreed, Dona!
Rush: As do I…
Rush: The old sound effects were fun…
Rush: Sadly, we need to improvise!
Rush: “Number Three Son is thinking…”
Dona: Thank you NT
Mike n Rachel in DC: Perhaps someday the Chan Empire will include its own web design team and custom-designed chat room.
Dona: i can hear it now
Rush: That’s the way, NT!
Cdirus: Hens sit often
Nothere: Buuutttttt. Machine gun supposedly:(
Mike n Rachel in DC: thwip?
Rush: THAT would be wonderful, M/R! Any such designers in our number?
Mike n Rachel in DC: AH.
Rush: “Thwip” is the Spider-Man web shooting sound.
Nothere: And oh course. YEEEAAAHHHHH!
Cdirus: quick, put it in a bullet proof box
Rush: Tommy held that thing wisely!
Cdirus: too late
Louise: they are all lined up.
Nothere: Also. But like machine gun, not sure now it’s spelled. How woukd you spell a tossed knife sound?
Rush: The next reel is blurry.
Mike n Rachel in DC: thwip was pretty good NT.
Nothere: I can work with thatCD
Cdirus: or for an arrow
Mike n Rachel in DC: The murder device is a nice tribute to Newton–since the film is mostly about Einstein. 🙂
Louise: So casual about all the dead peope
Nothere: Well it is just after the war.
Mike n Rachel in DC: thwhip for knife / thwack for arrow maybe?
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Rush: Here we go…club-hopping!
Cdirus: sounds good M&R
Mike n Rachel in DC: Gonna be a long night!
Rush: M/R…good point, above!
Nothere: Now we just need to sort out machine gun Buuuuuttt really doesn’t cut it.
Mike n Rachel in DC: “Ever action has an equal and opposite reaction…”
Mike n Rachel in DC: *Every
Mike n Rachel in DC: brrrrp?
Cdirus: shake it Pop!
Louise: He always like dancing
Mike n Rachel in DC: Stealing your son’s girl? Really, Charlie!
Rush: Who were the first people we saw rumba in a Chan film?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Hm. The midgets in “Circus” maybe?
Rush: Lady Tiny and Colonel Tim.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Jeez. That was a shot in the dark…
Rush: (The Brasnos)
Mike n Rachel in DC: credit to Rachel on that one
Rush: You scored a direct hit!
Cdirus: The other dance in Rio was the Samba?
Rush: (Hat doffed to rachel…)
Mike n Rachel in DC: She is starting to hit her Chan stride…
Rush: Tommy moves in…
Rush: Oh, Tommy!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Ribbon?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Did you say…ribbon?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Do we get a Chan science moment?
Rush: Yes…and here is comes…
Louise: so-called papers
Nothere: Well folks this is where I leave you. Have a good night.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Good night NT…great to see you again
Rush: “Thank you so VERY much…”
Rush: Have a good night, NT!
Rush: see you next week!
Rush: “Dark Alibi”
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Rush: The $ is actually a bit above and to the right of the “S”….
Rush: maybe directly above on an old typewriter keyboard.
Rush: So, I guess that COULD happen if you are fatally shot and trying to type!
Mike n Rachel in DC: True, Rush.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Quite a bit of romance in this one.
Mike n Rachel in DC:
Louise: So the other day on Twitter someone posted a message that said that Charlie Chan was an example of an Asian man who is “neutered and servile” so of course I had to do an extensive explanation of how this was not true.
Rush: See that bullet ht next to carvero?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Yes, Rush!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Another 97-shot revolver…
Rush: A laundry cart…not exactly bullet-proof!
Rush: Yes, M/R!
Dona: Did you get any feedback Louise?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Maybe it’s a Kevlar laundry cart?
Mike n Rachel in DC: They’re pricey, but they can save your life!
Rush: Good for you, Louise!
Louise: No, no comments on it but I need to check the original tweet that I was responding to
Rush: That old bit of nonsense dates back to around 2003.
Mike n Rachel in DC: I can envision a lot of criticisms of the Chan character, but “neutered and servile” is just dumb.
Louise: It was an article in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/26/t-magazine/asian-american-comedians.html
Rush: That one was regurgitated from a lie that was prevalent around 2003 during the Fox Movie Channel debacle!
Dona: Good shot
Rush: Why am I not surprised?
Mike n Rachel in DC: Dang. That was close!
Rush: Why am I not surprised, Louise?
Dona: I’m not a fan of social media.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Aha, Rush.
Dona: so irritating
Rush: Tommy got it!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Tommy!
Rush: “…it best Mother not know anything…”
Dona: Clap clap clap
Mike n Rachel in DC:
Rush: Chan mentions Mrs. Chan.
Rush: Still with us.
Mike n Rachel in DC: nice romantic ending!
Rush: Next week: “Dark Alibi”
Dona: sounds scary
Rush: asx we pay a visit to a prison.
Mike n Rachel in DC: Looking forward to it! But unfortunately we’re nearing the end of the Toler canon.
Rush: Another good one….
Rush: Thank you ALL!
Rush: Stand strong against the Chan-haters!
Rush: take care….
Mike n Rachel in DC: Thanks everyone for another enjoyable evening. See y’all next week!
Dona: Thank you Rush! I didn’t get dropped once this week.
Rush: Have a GREAT week!
Rush: And a safe one!
Cdirus: See you next week everyone!
Mike n Rachel in DC: Will waive the Chan flag proudly.
Louise: Dark Alibi is spooky
Mike n Rachel in DC: Cheers.
Dona: Yes MikenRachel
Rush: fray for our Chan Family members in the path of the hurricane…
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Rush: Good night….
Rush: Thank you ALL!
Rush: Good night, CD!
Rush: Take care…
Cdirus: Night, Rush!
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