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OUR CCF MONDAY EVENING CHAT AND FILM VIEWING FOR February 17, 2020: “Charlie Chan in Egypt”

FROM CHARLIE CHAN: “Waiting for tomorrow waste of today.”

GREETINGS! “Charlie Chan in Egypt,” continues Charlie Chan’s string of adventures which began in London, moved through Paris, placing us now in the land of the ancient pharaohs. As was the case last week, this stopover places the great detective in grave danger!

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: “Charlie Chan in Egypt” (1935; 72 minutes) along with our “extra,” the sixth episode of “The Green Hornet“: “Bridge of Disaster” (21 minutes).

“Charlie Chan in Egypt” CAST:
Warner Oland: Charlie Chan
Pat Paterson: Carol Arnold
Thomas Beck: Tom Evans
Rita Cansino: Nayda
Stepin Fetchit: Snowshoes
Jameson Thomas: Dr. Anton Racine (not credited)
Frank Conroy: Professor [John] Thurston (not credited)
Nigel de Brulier: Edfu Ahmad (not credited)
James Eagles: Barry Arnold (not credited)
Paul Porcasi: Fouad Soueida (not credited)
Arthur Stone: Dragoman (not credited)
Frank Reicher: Dr. Jaipur (not credited)
George Irving: Professor Arnold (not credited)
Anita Brown: Kitten (not credited)
John Davidson: Daoud Atrash [David Atrash] (not credited)
John George: Ali (not credited)
Gloria Roy (not credited)

FEATURE SUMMARY: Charlie Chan travels to Egypt on behalf of the French Archeological Society to investigate Professor Arnold's excavation of Ahmeti's tomb, as artifacts from the tomb have been found in other museums, contrary to the agreement that Arnold had made with the Society. When the archaeologist disappears during the excavation of other ancient art treasures, Chan must sort out the stories of the archaeological team to find out why priceless treasures are ending up in the hands of private collectors, while confronting a series of seemingly supernatural events.

FEATURE NOTES: The American Film Institute Catalog correctly lists the running time for Charlie Chan in Egypt as 72 minutes. However, recent sources have stated that it is actually 65 minutes in length. The larger figure certainly relates to the original running time, while the smaller running time may indicate that some surviving prints of this film have been shortened.

TRIVIA: The music and the appearance of the opening title and credits lend further credence to this probability, as the music and accompanying sound of water splashing can be traced to a scene that occurs 51 minutes into the film. It is likely that the original opening title sequence has been lost and the current version was a reconstruction, possibly owing the film having been shortened in length at some point in its existence.


dragoman - A near eastern interpreter, agent, or guide for travelers.

Dragoman: "I best dragoman in Luxor!"

TIME: We begin with greetings at 7:30 EASTERN TIME. Then, we share our “extra” presentation, the SIXTH 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, “Charlie Chan in Egypt.”

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 FEBRUARY 2020 POLL, found as you scroll down our Entrance Page (! This month’s question: “How are you like Charlie Chan at times?” Ponder…then VOTE!


For my sole Charlie Chan New Year's resolution in 2020, I will strive to:

Complete my personal collection of Charlie Chan movies 44%

Obtain The New Adventures of Charlie Chan 12%

Read a Charlie Chan story by Earl Derr Biggers 6%

Adopt a positive mannerism as exemplified by Charlie Chan 38%

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, February 24, for a shared viewing of “Charlie Chan in Shanghai.”

AND… 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 CHARLIE CHAN FAMILY NEWSLETTER FOR THE YEAR 2019 IS NOW AVAILABLE! HonoluLou 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 “Charlie Chan in Egypt.”



Rush Glick