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OUR CCF MONDAY EVENING CHAT AND FILM VIEWING for December 9, 2019: The Feathered Serpent"

FROM CHARLIE CHAN: “Very difficult to estimate depth of well by size of bucket.”

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:

THIS WEEK’S PRESENTATIONS: “The Feathered Serpent” (1949; 60 minutes) and, as our “extra,” the Charlie Chan radio drama, “The Eye of Buddha“ (Part 2), (1936; 15 minutes).

Roland Winters: Charlie Chan
Keye Luke: Lee Chan
Mantan Moreland: Birmingham Brown
Victor Sen Yung: Tommy Chan
Carol Forman: Sonia Cabot
Robert Livingston: [Professor] John Stanley
Nils Asther: Professor Paul Evans
Beverly Jons: Joan Farnsworth
Martin Garralaga: Pedro [Francisco Lopez]
George J. Lewis: Captain Juan Gonzalez
Leslie Dennison: Professor [Henry] Farnsworth
Jay Silverheels: Diego (not credited)
Charles Stevens: Manuel (not credited)
Milton Ross: Pete (not credited)
Fred Cordova: Felipe (not credited)
Erville Alderson: Professor Scott (not credited)
Juan Duval: Dr. Castelar (not credited)
Frank Leyva: Jose (not credited)

FEATURE SUMMARY: In San Pablo, Mexico, an expedition prepares to look for two missing archeologists, Professors Scott and Farnsworth, who had been searching for the lost Aztec Temple of the Sun. The two men have now been missing for two months. Charlie Chan, who is on his way to Mexico City for a vacation with two of his sons, Number One Son, Lee and Number Two Son, Tommy plus chauffeur and associate, Birmingham Brown, finds Professor Scott delirious as he collapses in a field near the road to San Pablo. Later, in San Pablo, Scott explains that after he and Farnsworth had found the temple, they were held as hostages and were forced to unearth a fortune in Aztec jade and gold. However, before Scott can name his captor, the lights go out and he is murdered with a knife. A search party, including Chan, his sons, and Birmingham, is organized out to look for Farnsworth and the lost temple.

FEATURE NOTES: The opening title card of this film reads: “Charlie Chan in The Feathered Serpent.” This is the only film in which Charlie Chan's number one and number two sons actively work together with their father on a case. It is also the final appearance in a Charlie Chan film by Victor Sen Yung (Sen Yung). The plot of this film was based on that of the 1937 movie, “The Riders of the Whistling Skull.”

TRIVIA: Robert Livingston, who appears as John Stanley in “The Feathered Serpent,” (Note the possible play on "Livingston and Stanley"!) was also in “Riders of the Whistling Skull,” the original version of the story used in the Chan movie.

WORD OF THE WEEK: razzle-dazzle - (1) Dazzling excitement. (2) Elaborate action or maneuvers designed to deceive an opponent, as in a sports contest. (3) Extravagant or showy display, as of technique.

Lee Chan: "Just how do you fit into this razzle-dazzle, anyway?"

TIME: We begin with greetings at 7:30 EASTERN TIME. Then, we share our “extra” presentation, “The Eye of Buddha,” which will be followed at exactly 8:15 when we roll our first feature for our Monday evening, “The Feathered Serpent.”

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. Unfortunately, our feature is NOT available online, but our extra is, so please use the link provided at our Chat Room.

OUR MONTHLY POLL: Please take a moment to cast your vote in our DECEMBER 2019 POLL, found as you scroll down our Entrance Page (! This month’s question: “In your opinion, who (of two Chan sons) provided the better ‘pairing’ with Birmingham Brown?” VOTE!!


Would you like to see the revival of a collaborative group-produced Charlie Chan script project?

Yes 90%

No 10%

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

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, December 16, as we view “THE SKY DRAGON.”

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: The Postman on Holiday

The Postman on Holiday
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:

SO, PLEASE JOIN US for this week’s Monday Evening Chat and Film Viewing as we share “THE FEATHERED SERPENT.”



Rush Glick