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Our Annual CCF Virtual Halloween Costume Party: "DEAD MEN TELL"

Our Annual CCF Virtual Halloween Costume Party

FROM CHARLIE CHAN: “Man has learned much who has learned how to die.”

OUR CHAT ROOM: Our Chat Room can be accessed the same way that we accessed by going to our “Chat Room” link at, or use this direct link:

A happy, haunted Halloween to all as we pause along our journey through the Charlie Chan film series to gather within the temporarily horrific confines of our Chat Room to pay homage to that darker side of life! It’s time once again for our annual Charlie Chan Family Virtual Halloween Party! Come virtually costumed as a character – human or animal (or even inanimate!), good or evil! Come incognito, signing in as your character, awaiting that magical moment at the end of our feature when we unmask, revealing our true identities!

Our movie will be “Dead Men Tell,” one of the spookier entries in the Chan series. As we visit a sailing ship that seems to be haunted by the ghost of a pirate! Beware the death traps aboard this vessel, especially the diving bell! And, please, don’t wander off under the spell of the eerie ocarina music! You may just disappear, never to be seen or heard from, again!

THIS WEEK’S PRESENTATIONS: “Dead Men Tell” (1941; 61 minutes) and Chapter 2 of the radio drama, “The Baffling Murder of Col. Willoughby“ (September 24, 1936; 15 minutes) starring Walter Connolly.

Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Shiela Ryan: Kate Ransome
Robert Weldon: Steve Daniels
Sen Yung: Jimmy Chan
Don Douglas: Jed Thomasson
Katharine Aldridge: Laura Thursday
Paul McGrath: Charles Thursday (also known as Mr. Parks)
George Reeves: Bill Lydig
Truman Bradley: Captain Kane
Ethel Griffies: Miss [Patience] Nodbury
Lenita Lane: Dr. Anne Bonney
Milton Parsons: Gene LaFarge
Lee Tung Foo: Wu Mei (not credited)
Ralph Dunn: Homicide Desk Sergeant (not credited)
Lee Phelps: Detective (not credited)
Stanley Andrews: Inspector Vesey (not credited)
Pat Flaherty: Policeman (not credited)
Tim Ryan: Red Eye [Bartender] (not credited)
Jimmy Aubrey: English Sailor (not credited)
John Wallace: Peg Leg (not credited)
Charles Tannen: Sailor with Girl (not credited)
O.G. "Dutch" Hendrian: Saloon Dancer
Paul Kruger: Sailor in Saloon
Brick Sullivan: Police Sergeant

FEATURE SUMMARY: The lure of millions of dollars in lost pirate treasure brings together an unusual and diverse group of fortune hunters aboard an old sailing ship, including Jimmy Chan, who sneaks aboard. Patience Nodbury, who holds the treasure map, torn in four pieces, dies suddenly, the apparent victim of the ghost of a long-dead pirate. Charlie Chan, on board the docked ship to locate his wayward son now finds himself in the midst of a case of what he believes to be murder.

FEATURE NOTES: According to ‘Hollywood Reporter’ news items, Jean Rogers was to have appeared in this film as Laura Thursday, but was replaced after shooting began by Katherine Aldridge when she became ill with the flu. ‘Hollywood Reporter’ production charts include Faye Helm in the cast, but her participation in the completed film has not been confirmed.

TRIVIA: Cocos Island is an actual place! This small island is owned by Costa Rica, and lies in the Pacific Ocean about 300 miles south of the Central American country. Cocos Island has seen its share of pirates and buried treasure!

WORD OF THE WEEK: fo'c's'le (forecastle) - The upper deck of a ship in front of the foremast.
Charles Thursday: "[The music] seems to come from the fo'c's'le."

TIME: We begin with acrid arrivals and ghoulish greetings at 7:30 EASTERN TIME. Then, we share our “extra” presentation, “The Baffling Murder of Col. Willoughby,” which will be followed at exactly 8:15 when we roll our first feature for our Monday evening, “Dead Men Tell.”

LOCATION: Our Charlie Chan Family Chat Room, which is accessed at

IF YOU LACK A COPY OF OUR FILM: Often our features can be found online. Happily, our feature as well as our extra are available online. Please use the links provided at our Chat Room.

THIS WEEK’S IMAGE: (Please see the attachment located at the extreme lower portion of this newsletter.) Patience Nodbury is visited by the ghost of Black Hook!

OUR MONTHLY POLL: Please take a moment to cast your vote in our OCTOBER 2019 POLL (before it closes!), found as you scroll down our Entrance Page (! This month’s question: “Which would you most likely participate in to celebrate the Charlie Chan family Home’s platinum 20th anniversary, Sunday, October 3, 2021?”

To which son does Charlie Chan give the hardest time?
Lee 0%
Jimmy 57%
Tommy 43%

OUR CCF CHAT ARCHIVE: Please take a look at our growing collection of CCF Chat Texts from previous years and this year:

NEXT WEEK: Please join us on Monday, November 4, as we join together for our ANNUAL MELBOURNE CUP NIGHT with a viewing of “Charlie Chan at the Race Track.” This is another HUGE annual event, as we “place our bets” on 2019’s version of “Schnozzolola”!

DON’T MISS THIS GREAT CHARLIE CHAN BLOG!: A great blog site, The Postman on Holiday, offered by our own Lou Armagno which is: "A place to explore all things surrounding Detective Charlie Chan, his creator Earl Derr Biggers, and their connection with Hawaii, Cleveland, and mystery fiction." It can be found at this address:

DO YOU HAVE A POLL QUESTION? Please feel free to suggest a Monthly Poll question! Send your ideas to:!

SO, PLEASE JOIN US for this week’s Monday Evening Chat and Film Viewing as we share and scare with “DEAD MEN TELL.”


Rush Glick