The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan: Episode 12

The Mardi Gras Caper

Copyright 1972 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. 
Sound: RCA Sound Recording
Running Time: 22 minutes
“Charlie Chan property is by license from Leisure Concepts, Inc.”
First aired: November 25, 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 Marks, Ray Parker, Henry Sharp, and Harry Winkler
Animation Director: Charles A. Nichols
Production Design: Iwao Takamoto
Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
Layouts: Monty Wedd, Terry Moesker, Richard Jones, John Gunter, Chris Fussell, Peter Hartland, and Stephen Pile
Animation: Cam Ford, Gerry Grabner, Stan Walker, Richard Jones, Cynthia Leech, Jim Davis, Peter Gardiner, Paul McAdam, Ray Nowland, Richard Dunn, Yvonne Pearsall, and Joe Shearer
Background Styling: Graham Liney
Director: Volus Jones
Production Supervisor: Eric Porter
Sound Director: John Garwood
Sound Mixing: Lyle Hughes
Effects Editor: Martin Clarke
Music Editor: Lindsay Frazer
Negative Consultant: Wendy Eggleton
Camera: Joe Dugonics, Don Clay, and John Cumming
Music Supervision: Don Kirshner


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 Dante: Lead vocals for the Chan Clan band (not credited)


In New Orleans, Charlie Chan and his family investigate the theft of a valuable ring that once belonged to Marie Antoinette.


Cultural and historical references made in The Mardi Gras Caper:

New Orleans Mardi Gras – The holiday of Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”) has been celebrated in southern Louisiana and, particularly, in the city of New Orleans since the 17th Century.  Festivities, which include parades, actually take place during the two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.  In the final week, many events occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities, including parades and balls (some of them masquerade balls), centered on the Bourbon Street area of New Orleans.

Marie Antoinette – (November 2, 1755 – October 15, 1793)  The queen of France during the reign of her husband, King Louis XVI.  Following the deposing of King Louis during the French Revolution, she was eventually executed by guillotine.
Mr. LeBeau: “Yes, Chan, that ring belonged to Marie Antoinette.”

Nancy Drew – A fictional American character in a mystery fiction series created in 1930 by publisher Edward Stratemeyer.  The books are ghostwritten by a number of authors using the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.
Mimi Chan: “I mean (reading) grown-up stuff like Nancy Drew.”

Underground Railway (Underground Railroad) – A network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century escaped slaves in the United States in efforts to travel to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.
Mr. LeBeau: The story is, it was a station for escaped slaves in the Underground Railway.”


As my son would say, “Wham, bam, someone’s in a jam.”

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