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FROM CHARLIE CHAN: “Begin at best place - beginning.” (“Charlie Chan in London”)

GREETINGS as we begin our Charlie Chan family Film Tour for 2020! This also marks the beginning of our 21st year of Monday Evening Chat sessions. Since our beginning, we have had, I calculate, about 1,050 Monday evenings together! So, it is with a heartfelt “Thank you so much,” we continue on with our tradition with this week’s film, “Behind That Curtain,” featuring a very early sound film appearance by Boris Karloff, who will be seen again later this year as we share “Charlie Chan at the Opera,” and, again, when we watch “Mr. Wong, Detective.”

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: As we round out our Charlie Chan Film Tour, 2019, with “Behind That Curtain” (1929; 91 minutes) along with our “extra,” the first episode of “The Green Hornet“: “Tunnel of Terror” (21 minutes).

Warner Baxter: [Col.] John Beetham

Lois Moran: Eve Mannering

Gilbert Emory: Sit Frederic Bruce

Claude King: Sir George Mannering

Philip Strange; Eric Durand

Boris Karloff: Sudanese Servant

Jamiel Hassen: Habib Hannah

Peter Gawthorne: Scotland Yard Inspector

John Rogers; Alf Pornick

C. Montague Shaw: Hilary Galt

Finch Smiles: Galt's Clerk

Mercedes De Velasco: Nunah

E.L. Park: Charlie Chan

Kathrin Clare Ward: Eve Mannering's Landlady (not credited)

FEATURE SUMMARY: Eve Mannering, daughter of a wealthy Englishman, marries Eric Durand, a fortune hunter, who kills the investigator hired by Eve's father to examine his past. Upon discovering the plot, Eve leaves him and joins an old family friend on a desert expedition from India to Persia. Later, fearing that she will implicate him in her affairs, Eve deserts him and travels to San Francisco.

FEATURE NOTES: The novel “Behind That Curtain,” by Earl Derr Biggers, was originally published serially in ‘The Saturday Evening Post’ between March 31 and May 5, 1928. “Behind That Curtain,” a film in which Charlie Chan appears only at the climactic moments at the close of the picture, was later remade as “Charlie Chan's Chance” (1932).

TRIVIA: E.L. Park, who plays Charlie Chan in “Behind That Curtain,” was the father of Ivy Bo Ling, who appears in two Charlie Chan movies, “The Black Camel” and “Charlie Chan in Shanghai.”

WORD OF THE WEEK: bob – A short haircut for women and girls that became popular in the 1920s.

Eve Mannering in “Behind That Curtain” sports bobbed hair.

TIME: We begin with greetings at 7:30 EASTERN TIME. Then, we share our “extra” presentation, the first chapter of the movie serial “The Green Hornet,“ which will be followed at exactly 8:15 when we roll our feature film for our Monday evening, “Behind That Curtain.”

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. Fortunately, OUR FEATURE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, so please use the link provided at our Chat Room.

OUR MONTHLY POLL: Please take a moment to cast your vote in our January 2020 POLL, found as you scroll down our Entrance Page (! This month’s question: “For my sole Charlie Chan New Year’s resolution for 2020, I will strive to:” Now…VOTE!!


In your opinion, who provided the better "pairing" with Birmingham Brown?

Number Two Son, Jimmy (later known as "Tommy") 64%

Number Three Son, Tommy 36%

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, January 13, as we continue our Charlie Chan Film Tour for 2020 as we view “Eran Trece” (“There Were Thirteen”) starring Manuel Arbo as Charlie Chan, in the Spanish language “copy” of “Charlie Chan carries On’!

DON’T MISS THIS GREAT CHARLIE CHAN BLOG!: Continuing strongly in 2020, great blog site, The Postman on Holiday, offered by our own Charlie Chan and Earl Derr Biggers expert, 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:

THE CHARLIE CHAN FAMILY NEWSLETTER FOR THE YEAR 2019 IS NOW AVAILABLE! HonoluLou, Lou Armagno, has edited and produced this year's recap of the past year, 2019, for all things Charlie Chan. This tour de force issue can be accessed at: ENJOY!

SO, PLEASE JOIN US for this week’s Monday Evening Chat and Film Viewing as we share “Behind That Curtain.”


Rush Glick