The text of our Charlie Chan Family Chat for September 9, 2019
Secret Agent X-1 (Chapter 8)
Mike n Rachel in DC
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Louise: Hi, I’ll be late tonight. See you later.
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Matt1: Hello Rush!
Rush: Sorry, my meeting at school went late today!
Matt1: 1st day?
Rush: No…but first staffer of the year.
Rush: How are you doing, Matt?
Matt1: Good, thnx….Just got back from a visit w/ family in PA
Rush: well, I hope?
Matt1: Busy trip, but nice, thnx
Rush: Any hurricane related things to report?
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MIke n Rachel in DC: Good evening gentlemen!
Rush: hello, M/R!
Rush: Good evening to YOU!
Matt1: Nope….We got a bit of Dorian in Ocean City NJ, not in FL….Go figure
Matt1: Hello M & R!
Rush: Interesting, Matt!
Rush: No, unpredictable.
Matt1: We left FL and we were in the “cone”, so we secured everything before leaving
Rush: Very wise!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Glad there weren’t too many issues past the Bahamas…
Matt1: It’s that time of year…..peak time
Rush: But that damage in the Bahamas was unbelievable!
Rush: yes, Matt.
Rush: Been this way forever.
Rush: Well, i am happy that everyone is okay.
Matt1: Everyone have a good holiday?
Rush: yes, we did, Matt, thank you, and I hope that the same was true for you and yours.
MIke n Rachel in DC: We did. 🙂
Rush: Seems ages ago!
Matt1: Today was like a reality check…..seasons over
Rush: Are we ready for “X-(“?
Matt1: Ready here!
Rush: Me too…
MIke n Rachel in DC: Agent K-9 is ready!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Oops. X9
MIke n Rachel in DC: woof
Rush: 20 seconds…
MIke n Rachel in DC: Sea Hunt
Rush: “Victory at Sea”
MIke n Rachel in DC: Back @ Shadow Island…
Rush: “The Dropping Floor”
MIke n Rachel in DC: #WatchYourStep
Rush: I wish I could get more volume on mine…
MIke n Rachel in DC: The innkeeper needs better diction
MIke n Rachel in DC: Gunfight!
MIke n Rachel in DC: boom
Rush: Great shot…
MIke n Rachel in DC: Tommy = Bad Guy.
Rush: Yes…very strange!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Also not digging Keye Luke’s mustache…
Rush: “Brother versus brother”
Matt1: No, lol
MIke n Rachel in DC: Keep firing! But aim, you nincompoop!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Hakashima! He’s my brother!
MIke n Rachel in DC: The old “Bugged Stovepipe” trick.
Rush: I think I heard “Ah Fong” mentioned.
MIke n Rachel in DC: Yes. Apparently he didn’t learn anything while on the Lorelei.
Rush: I mentioned this before in the past, but Benson Fong had a restaurant in Los Angeles called “Ah Fong.”
MIke n Rachel in DC: Oh yea…I remember. Chinese place no doubt?
Rush: I think I see a clue that these guys are NAZIs!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Subtle hints…
MIke n Rachel in DC: Does a souvenir menu exist?
Matt1: Very cool…..Any idea if it did well?
Rush: Yes. from “Ah Fong’s”
Rush: Good move there!
MIke n Rachel in DC: As a youngster my Father who was an Asst. Director would take us to
Ah Fong’s on sunset Blvd. Benson know my father well, having met him on
Rush: Yes, Mike?
MIke n Rachel in DC: The dish I remember, till this day is their version of Lobster Cantonese. He also had a dish called
Manderin pressed duck.”
Rush: Did you ever meet Benson Fong?
Rush: Mike, it would be fun to have you write out some of your memories of Benson Fong’s restaurant for HonoluLou’s yearly CCF newsletter!
Rush: Music builds…
Rush: The “Dropping Floor” coming up!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Yikes!
Rush: Not good!
Matt1: He needs to find a new job
MIke n Rachel in DC: Parachute, perhaps?
MIke n Rachel in DC: aieeeeeeee
MIke n Rachel in DC: 8.5; 9.7; 8.8; 9.2 from the Russian judge…
Rush: Next week: “The Danger Point”
Rush: M/R: 🙂
Matt1: Wonder if he stuck on the landing, Mike?
MIke n Rachel in DC: 2.2 degree of difficulty. 🙂
Rush: maybe he can land JUST right…
MIke n Rachel in DC: Cat-like agility
Rush: 11 minutes to showtime…
MIke n Rachel in DC: About Ah Fong, Rush. I was never there…
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MIke n Rachel in DC: That bit was copied and pasted from a website
Matt1: Hello NT!
Nothere: Wrong I’m here It’ SHOWTIME!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Hey NT!
Rush: Oh…drat! 🙂
Nothere: And hello to you all
MIke n Rachel in DC: I could do a little “creative writing.”
Rush: It was too good to be true…
Rush: Had me going there, Mike!
MIke n Rachel in DC: “I fondly remember the Garlic Shrimp…”
Nothere: I remember it however Rush said it was.
Rush: That wasn’t from OUR site, was it Mike?
MIke n Rachel in DC: No..hang on a sec…
Matt1: Hanging like X-9
Rush: How are you tonight, NT?
Rush: Yes, Matt!
MIke n Rachel in DC: https://www.chowhound.com/post/ah-fong-resturant-hollywood-884875
Nothere: Fine. My Tv magically ficxed itself, so that’s good.
MIke n Rachel in DC: Rush, in the comments several folks mention their names and connection to Benson Fong, etc. There might be some tid-bits in there…
Rush: yes! Thank you!
Rush: Looks interesting!
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Rush: That IS good, NT!
Godwinshelley2: Hello – still need to cue things up
Nothere: Hey God
Rush: Good evening!
Matt1: Hello GS!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Hi GS!
Rush: Me too, GS….
Matt1: Cued to OT here!
MIke n Rachel in DC: …also a recipe for “Uncle Benson’s” Beef Soo Chow in the comments. 🙂
Rush: 6 minutes to go…
MIke n Rachel in DC: Rach calls for Chinese take-out
Matt1: Good call….Order enough for all of us!
Godwinshelley2: Just cued my DVD it doesn’t list a copyright date – just says “COpyright by Monogram pictures:
Rush: Sounds good, Mike!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Chinese food always pairs well with Chan! 😉
Rush: 4 1/2 minutes….
Matt1: Popcorn too
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Nothere: Four”tune cookie say “PRepare tincan, and maybe tincan doesn’t soud for you.
Matt1: Hello FM!
fredsmom: Greetings to all!
Rush: 4 minutes…
MIke n Rachel in DC: Hey FM!
Godwinshelley2: Hello FM
fredsmom: Misses yall!
Rush: Please pause at the opening title.
Nothere: Hey Mother of Fred. Daughter of whowever. Cousons Aunt of who knows?
Rush: That’s where it starts on the TCM set.
Godwinshelley2: This Thursday I head to Baltimore for MidAtlantic Nostalgia Convention
Rush: Good evening!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Sounds like fun, GS.
Rush: That should be fun, GS!
Matt1: Enjoy GS!
Godwinshelley2: It always is – are you heading up Mike?
Nothere: So are they nostalgic for the midatlantoc or is this more of an all over nostalgia?
Godwinshelley2: It runs Thursday – Saturday – they do a live radio show you can audition for
Rush: 2 1/2 minutes….
Rush: Give it a try, GS!
Rush: TWO MINUTES…
fredsmom: ha! Nothere…Fred was actually a schnauzer I had that lived to be 17 🙂
Nothere: GNTLEMEN START YOUR ENGINES!
Rush: 90 seconds…
MIke n Rachel in DC: vroom
Rush: 75 seconds…
MIke n Rachel in DC: adjusts goggles
Rush: 60 seconds…
Rush: 50 seconds…
Rush: 40 seconds…
Rush: 30 seconds…
MIke n Rachel in DC: fastens cape
MIke n Rachel in DC: lights fuse
Nothere: So what sort of cape? Superhero? Opera? High collar?
MIke n Rachel in DC: Benson Fong is in this one. Good. We’ll have an egg roll in his honor!
Godwinshelley2: Milton Parsons in this one
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fredsmom: Love graphics on opening
Rush: Yes, GS!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Sort of a Dracula-lite cape, NT
Rush: One of our old friends!
Louise: I made it! Started the movie before I signed in…
Matt1: Hello Louise!
Louise: Hi all
Rush: Very good Louise!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Hey Louise!
Rush: Welcome back!
Nothere: I see you lit the fuse to help the robbery. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. These robbers are not osha compliant.
Nothere: Hi Louise
MIke n Rachel in DC: gonna take a while to cut through that door, guys
Rush: Yes, NT!
Godwinshelley2: I saw something that said Gotham city would be a lot safer if they would just put guardrails around chemical vats in that city – a lot fewer villans
Louise: Okay, I am here but need to go get some food. and…BOOM!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Hope they used adequate hearing protection
Nothere: Their only now putting in the explosives. That was one long fuse you gave em Mike and Racheal.
MIke n Rachel in DC: Had to have time to get clear
Rush: Yes to the above, GS.
MIke n Rachel in DC: There’s Milton Parsons
Nothere: Stop looking at me like a psycho killer.
Rush: (HA, hahahahaha….)
MIke n Rachel in DC: Lech.
Godwinshelley2: Louise – your coloring book should include a selection of Monogram wallpapers
Nothere: This guy is such a punster it’s punishing.
Rush: TYSM, Matt…
MIke n Rachel in DC: Yes, Matt. You need to number them in this one.
Rush: A not-seen victim.
Matt1: We’ll “try”
Nothere: 8 year old tincan
MIke n Rachel in DC: It’s a little rusty but still works
Rush: Poor June…
Matt1: Just like Matt
MIke n Rachel in DC: Trial!
Rush: That was the Hall of Records building in L.A.
Rush: Now gone.
MIke n Rachel in DC: Convicted!
Matt1: Swift justice
MIke n Rachel in DC: Shoulda taken the plea bargain
Godwinshelley2: So do these stories take place in LA for the mOnogram set
Nothere: So if your flea don’t lik you and go to antother dog, are you offended or happy?
fredsmom: ha! mike n rachael
MIke n Rachel in DC: Vaguely similar to “London”
Rush: Yes, Mike!
Rush: Chan battles the clock!
Rush: Note the signature on the note.
MIke n Rachel in DC: One small wind can raise much dust
Godwinshelley2: Looked a bit “curly” in writing
MIke n Rachel in DC: Looked like a woman’s writing…
Nothere: Charlie calls himself a young man and small wind
Nothere: I disagree on both points.
Rush: Note the similarity?
Godwinshelley2: Has some curls
Rush: That was a “Charlie Chan” signature signed for a fan by Sidney toler.
Rush: Here’s the version seen in the movie….
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Matt1: Hello Paul!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Hi Paul!
Nothere: Hey paul
Godwinshelley2: Hi Paul – will I see you at MidAtlantic?
Rush: Good evening and WELCOME, Paul!
Nothere: Probably the first and last time Charlie quotes grandmother.
Louise: Not into these fental analogies…
PaulM: i’m not planning on it GS
Godwinshelley2: How about October Monster Bash?
Louise: And again, she belongs in a different entury
Louise: Yikes, typos tonight
PaulM: i WISH i could go to October Bash, but no. it’ll be the first bash that i’ve missed in many years (excluding the movie bashes)
PaulM: this weekend i’m going to a sf con in albany…Albacon
Louise: She’s sporting a Princess Leia hairdo
Rush: Oh, to be able to get out to that, GS and Paul!
Nothere: Never tick off gravedigger digging your grave.
Godwinshelley2: We planned our fall trip to Indiana to be around the Oct Bash – to allow us to hang out there a few day
Rush: Yes, NT!
Godwinshelley2: Rush – the MidAtlantic would be a great fit for you
Rush: One day….sigh…
Nothere: Well Paul that just mean more trick or treaters. Or more eggs and toilet paper depending.
Rush: He’s not laughing, now….
Nothere: So the bank robbery lived in the house with the bank defense supply seller. O.k. now that’s irony,
Rush: aybe a slight chuckle…
Rush: And, perhaps a bit fishy, too, NT…
Nothere: Well maybe the sand is a few inches off.
Rush: Remember old saying: “Earthquake may shatter the rock, but sand upon which rock stood still right there in same old place.”
fredsmom: “shortest way to commit crimes”
Rush: “Shortest way is commit crime.”
Nothere: Hy your brothers like to break and enter and tamper with crime scenes. You might find them when you get to the prision.
Louise: Shooting at Chan!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Bullet hole in window
Matt1: The big house
Rush: Prison theme music…
Godwinshelley2: where is that
Godwinshelley2: looks like a Warner Brothers picture
Rush: San Quentin shown…
MIke n Rachel in DC: Sounds like Gladiator movie music
Rush: SERIOUS music…
Louise: Most of us, if shot at, would not be so casual
Rush: Recognize the warden?
Nothere: All right everybody we go obver the wall at midnight. Anybody talks to the screws says hello to Mr. Shiv.
Rush: Louise, you are right!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Isn’t he the bogus agent in “Shanghai?”
MIke n Rachel in DC: He’s older in this one, but the voice is the same…
Rush: Ben Carter!
Louise: Here we go!
Rush: Readay for “incomplete talk.”
Rush: Tommy is perplexed.
Louise: Tommy gives up
Louise: Hay fever?
Rush: Tommy missed a classic routine!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Izzat so?
Nothere: Well Louise we don’t get shot at as often as Charlie.
Louise: True NT
Rush: Yes, louise.
Godwinshelley2: Is that a cue Mantan gives when he looks upward – is that the interrupt now signal?
Rush: The most distinctive giggle in the movies!
Godwinshelley2: Yes it is
Rush: GS…I will watch for that one!
Rush: You may be right!
Rush: Punchy and foggy.
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Nothere: That Punchy always interrupting. You can never get a word in dgewise.
Nothere: Hey Cd
Matt1: Hello CD!
Cdirus: Hi guys!
Godwinshelley2: They are holding hands
Rush: How are things in your life tonight?
MIke n Rachel in DC: Hi CD
Godwinshelley2: Hi CD
Rush: Imagine…giving prisoners knives….
Cdirus: OK Rush, washer had a leak so I was helping dad with it and fixing supper
Rush: Not fun, CD!
Godwinshelley2: Yikes – never fun – clothes or dish washer?
Cdirus: Thanks GS I’m OK
Cdirus: New cloths washer. New hoses that weren’t tight enough.
Rush: good to hear, CD.
Cdirus: Just a little drip
MIke n Rachel in DC: Good…hope all is well now!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Boiglers!
Cdirus: Rest of evening went good. Nice evening for a hike.
Louise: The law doesn’t frame men???
Rush: “Accidents can happen if planned that way.”
MIke n Rachel in DC: Forged fingerprint…also from “Shanghai!”
Rush: “Nothing is impossible.”
Rush: yes, again, Mike/Rachel!
Rush: A riot!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Very complaint prisoners
Rush: They must he in the “good behavior” section!
Nothere: If I were gonna forge a fingerprint t a crime scene, I’d go with Al Capone’s.
Rush: Punchy has gone un for litter-a-ture.
Rush: NT: 🙂
Cdirus: there is a book called the Red Thumb Mark, by R Austin Freeman that dealth with forged fingerprints
MIke n Rachel in DC: How about rubbing your nose to get skin oil?
Louise: Law suit: something the police wear
Cdirus: Love that line
MIke n Rachel in DC: Mo Cho?
Godwinshelley2: What was his school major?
Rush: “Mo jiu…”
MIke n Rachel in DC: That’s Charlie’s big “Chinese” line…what does it mean? “Shut up?”
Rush: I believe so, Mike!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Google translate says “Ink.” Hm. Must be a different dialect. 🙂
MIke n Rachel in DC: Evasive woman.
Rush: Next time we are at our neighborhood Chinese restaurant, i will see if I can ask them what it means.
Rush: Again, it is funny to see Benson Fong go from bad guy in our serial to Chan son here!
Louise: Lots of woman comments tonight
Rush: The killer truck!
Godwinshelley2: Classic Mantan setting
MIke n Rachel in DC: This is going to be good
Rush: BB’s legs protest!
Rush: Good BB bits here….
MIke n Rachel in DC: Rach is giggling at BB already
Matt1: Poor BB
Nothere: Don’t look up BB
Rush: I would think that they just let Mantan Moreland improvise here a lot…
MIke n Rachel in DC: I would have loved to see him live
Louise: he’s back in the zombie movie
Rush: me too, M/R!
fredsmom: sweat beads….
Nothere: You looked.
Rush: BB with a “friend.”
Godwinshelley2: The subtitles say “it aint no kidding either” but should say “kitten”
Louise: This is the first Chan photo still I owned
Rush: Yes, GS?
Nothere: BB Skeleto detector.
Matt1: Too funny
MIke n Rachel in DC: LOL
Godwinshelley2: Sounds like Son of Frankenstein music with ygor
MIke n Rachel in DC: Confucius say, “Difficult to eat egg drop soup while laughing at Birmingham Brown.”
Rush: Milton Parsons.
Rush: Try the coin trick!
Godwinshelley2: classic coin trick
Nothere: Dude your playing an accountant not the Phantom of the Opera.
MIke n Rachel in DC: The old penny trick.
Rush: The truck!
Godwinshelley2: I swear that music sounds like the Son of Frankenstein – where the creature walks along with the little boy
MIke n Rachel in DC: Killer Trucks of Los Angeles
Rush: TYSM, Matt…
MIke n Rachel in DC: He recognized those fingerprints? At sight?
Godwinshelley2: Maybe they are distinctive
Rush: Photographic memory?
Godwinshelley2: Double whorl
Louise: Not again!
Rush: Ben Carter returns…
MIke n Rachel in DC: Reprise
Rush: GREAT stuff.
Nothere: Ah yes the famous prision public benches where prisoners can just chill in the hallway. You know this movie might not be an accurate depiction of prisions.
Rush: NT…what can I add to that?
MIke n Rachel in DC: “We been strangers for years.”
Rush: Maybe the bench was for them to sit to tie their shoes!
Nothere: Maybe some flowers Rush?
MIke n Rachel in DC: Must be an extra-minimum security lockup
Rush: Rock, paper, scissors.
Rush: Chinese style?
Louise: Rock Paper Scissors
MIke n Rachel in DC: yuck, e, suck?
Rush: Sponded that way, Mike!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Now he’s got a tommy gun. Big shootout coming?
Godwinshelley2: Music is a little too “I want you to sound excited”
Louise: Rat Tat Tat!
MIke n Rachel in DC:
Rush: And, I believe that cotton bale would actually stop bullets.
MIke n Rachel in DC: Next time hide behind something bullet proof
Rush: Not smart on their part.
Rush: They got lucky.
Nothere: Well folks this is where I leave you. May the gentle trade winds blow you to safe harbors until I am Nothere again.
Rush: TYSM, Matt…
MIke n Rachel in DC: See you, NT
Matt1: Take care NT!
Godwinshelley2: night Matt
Rush: Take care, NT!
Godwinshelley2: Night NT
Rush: have a happy week.
Rush: See you next Monday!
fredsmom: bye NT
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MIke n Rachel in DC: Rub your nose…
MIke n Rachel in DC: Ta-da
Rush: Like a theatrical warehouse?
MIke n Rachel in DC: Where else would you keep vats of acid?
Rush: Loved that silent handshake!
Rush: Yes, Mike!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Nice vintage spooky music
MIke n Rachel in DC: Sounds like an old time radio show
Rush: This one has BB at his best, IMHO!
MIke n Rachel in DC: The ultimate tin-can?
Matt1: BB needs oil can
Rush: Tommy’s turn to drive!
Matt1: Guys a BAD shot
MIke n Rachel in DC: Hope his insurance is paid up
Rush: Wrecked the warehouse!
Rush: And, true, again, Matt!
Rush: Terrible shot…thakfully!
Louise: That was all very fast
Rush: “Case not settled yet.”
MIke n Rachel in DC: good point Charlie!
Louise: It is always the most handsome guy
MIke n Rachel in DC: Finger of suspicion on warden…BUT!
Rush: NEXT WEEK: “Shadows Over Chinatown”
Louise: I love when Charlie walks up
Rush: Chan takes part here…
MIke n Rachel in DC: A+
Rush: Prisoner Carter has a lot of freedom in this place!
fredsmom: wonder how many takes this scene took??
Louise: Great laughter here
Rush: yes, louise!
Rush: Great finish!
MIke n Rachel in DC:
Rush: Again, next week…
Rush: “Shadows Over Chinatown”
MIke n Rachel in DC: This was better than we remembered…very fun!
Rush: Seems like ionly a year ago we last watched it!
fredsmom: Good to “see” everyone-have a good week. Hope to be back soon!
Godwinshelley2: This film has a lot to commend it
MIke n Rachel in DC: We are nearing the end of the Toler’s.
Matt1: Good night and have a great week!
Rush: I hope so too, FM!
Rush: may it be VERY soon!
PaulM: nice ending
Rush: Thank you ALL as ALWAYS!
fredsmom: Thank you!
Godwinshelley2: have a great week everyone
Rush: Another great evening!
Rush: Due to YOU!
Cdirus: See you guys next week!
MIke n Rachel in DC: Many thanks to all…see you next week!
Rush: take care…
Rush: see you next week!
Godwinshelley2: I’ll stop by next week
MIke n Rachel in DC: As always, Rush, thanks for everything.
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Rush: TYSM, Mike…and Rachel!
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Rush: Enjoy the rest of your dinner….
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Rush: Louise, i am little by little getting those Chats in place.
Rush: LOTS to do!
Rush: You recorded so many!
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Rush: And, thank you for having done that!
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