Episode 1: The Crown Jewel Caper
Copyright 1972 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.
Sound: RCA Sound RecordingRunning Time: 20 minutes
First aired: September 9, 1972
Produced and Directed: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Associate Producer: Lew Marshall
Story Direction: Jim Carmichael, Jan Green, Earl Klein, Knick Knatz, Bill Perez, and Paul Sommer
Story: Sid Morse, Eddie Carroll, Jamie Farr, Willie Gilbert, Max Hodge, Mark Hammerman, Dennis Marx, Ray Parker, Henry Sharp, and Harry Winkler
Animation Director: Charles A. Nichols
Production Design: Iwao Takamoto
Production Supervisor: Victor O. Schipek
Layout: Jerry Eisenberg, Gary Hoffman, Jack Manning, Joel Seibel, Lin Larsen, Takashi Masunaga, and Tony Sgroi
Animation: Ed Love, Tony Love, Ron Campbell, Bill Hutton, and Bob Carr
Backgrounds: Walt Peregoy, Don Watson, Bill Butler, Marion Wallin, Daniella Bielecka, Cathy Patrick, Don Schweikert, and Bill McArdle
Titles: Iraj Paran
Technical Supervisor: Frank Paiker
Ink & Paint Supervisor: Jayne Barbera
Xerography: Robert “Tiger” West
Music Supervision: Don Kirshner
Sound Direction: Richard Olson and Bill Getty
Supervising Film Editor: Larry Cowan
Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
Post Production: Joed Eaton
Camera: Roy Wade, John C. Hall, Dick Blundell, and Norman Stainback
Keye Luke: Charlie Chan
Cynthia Adler: Voice
Gene Andrusco: Flip Chan
Jodie Foster: Anne Chan
Lisa Gerritsen: Various Characters
Johnny Gunn: Tom Chan
Bob Ito: Henry Chan
Beverly Kushida: Nancy Chan
Cherylene Lee: Suzi Chan/Mimi Chan
Don Messick: Chu-Chu
Michael Morgan: Scooter Chan
Hazel Shermet: Various Characters
Brian Tochi: Alan Chan
Janet Waldo: Various Characters
Len Weinrib: Stanley Chan
Ron Duarte: Lead vocals for the Chan Clan band (not credited)
At the City Museum, priceless Burmese crown jewels are protected by high-tech security. However, in what appears to be an inside job, the jewels are taken under the noses of everyone present, including the Chans who jump into action and pursue the thieves.
OF NOTE: The popular Hanna-Barbera character, Scooby-Doo, makes a brief cameo appearance.
There are several American contemporary cultural references made in The Crown Jewel Caper, including:
The museum curator’s voice is patterned after that of Peter Lorre, and Lord Buckley’s voice mimics Boris Karloff, while the voice of the museum worker, overheard by Stanley and Henry, sounds very much like Humphrey Bogart.
An apologetic Charlie Chan tells a museum guard, “You’ll have to forgive my son [Flip], he’s watched too many Humphrey Bogart pictures. “
At the Chan home, Stanley greets Karloffesque Lord Buckley while wearing a Frankenstein monster mask.
Tom chides his sister, Anne, who has just climbed onto a tree branch: “Here’s the rope, Cheetah,” referring to the famous chimpanzee from Tarzan films.
Tom quips: “The only way to fly!” which was a well-known commercial slogan for Western Airlines (which later merged with Delta Airlines).
CHARLIE CHAN’S APHORISMS:
Advice after a mistake is like medicine after the funeral.
Sometimes no clues are biggest clue of all.