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FROM CHARLIE CHAN: “Nut easy to crack often empty.”

GREETINGS… This week we follow Charlie Chan who, with Number Two Son, Jimmy, follow a dangerous path fraught with international espionage and MURDER!

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: “Murder Over New York” (1940; 65 minutes) along with our “extra,” the TWELFTH episode of “Lost City of the Jungle” with Keye Luke! (1946; 15 minutes [Begin viewing at the 46:48 mark, finishing at the 1:02:10 mark!]).

FEATURE SUMMARY: In the middle of a pictorial lecture on his recent expedition to the Mongolian Desert, Dr. John Benton the famous explorer, drinks from the water bottle on his lecture table, collapses and dies. His last words "Eternal Fire" are the only clue Chinese detective Jimmy Wong and Captain Street of the police department have to work on. Win Lee, Benton's secretary, reveals the doctor's dying words refer to a scroll which tells the location of rich oil deposits. Wong and Street then begin the search for the killer among Benton's associates.

FEATURE NOTES: The working title of this film was “Charlie Chan in New York.” According to Fox publicity material contained in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Library files, the studio changed the title in order to prevent the public from confusing this film with other Chan features.

TRIVIA: “Phantom of Chinatown” features Keye Luke’s only starring role of his long and illustrious career.

WORD OF THE WEEK: Canarsie - A section of Brooklyn, New York.

Lefty: "Well, this is 'Shorty' McCoy, the 'Canarsie Kid.'"

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 JUNE 2020 POLL, found as you scroll down our Entrance Page (! To paraphrase this month’s poll question: “Do you picture yourself as more like Charlie Chan or Birmingham Brown?” Be sure to cast your vote in this month’s poll!

CAST (as credited):

Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Marjorie Weaver: Patricia Shaw (also known as Patricia West, Mrs. Paul Narvo)
Robert Lowrey: David Elliott
Ricardo Cortez: George Kirby
Donald MacBride: Inspector Vance
Melville Cooper: Herbert Fenton
Joan Valerie: June Preston
Kane Richmond: Ralph Percy

Sen Yung: Jimmy Chan
John Sutton: Keith Jeffrey
Leyland Hodgson: [Robert] Boggs
Clarence Muse: Butler Frederick Worlock: Hugh Drake
Lal Chand Mehra: Ramullah (also known as Aga Singh)

UNCREDITED CAST (alphabetical):
Trevor Bardette: Hindu Businessman
Stanley Blystone: Fingerprint Expert
Nick Borgani: Hindu Businessman Eddy Chandler Police Officer [Lefty]
Frank Coghlan, Jr.: Frankie O'Shaunessy
Catherine Craig: Stewardess Alan Davis: Pilot [Lt. Cooper] Dorothy Dearing: Mrs. Percy
Jimmie Dundee: Police Officer [Bill]
Ralph Dunn: Second Police Officer
Frank Fanning: Police Officer
Carl Faulkner: Police Officer
Bud Geary: Second Mechanic
Shemp Howard: "Shorty" McCoy (also known as
"The Canarsie Kid," "The Great Rashid")
Paul Kruger: Guard
Jack "Tiny" Lipson: Hindu in Police Lineup
Eric Mayne: Suspicious-looking Man
Paul Palmer: Police Officer
Lee Phelps: First Police Officer
Nick Shaid: Hindu Businessman
Bhogwan Singh: Hindu Businessman
Brick Sullivan: Police Officer
Charles Tannen: Voice of Radio Announcer
George Walcott: First Mechanic
Shirley Warde: Mrs. Felton

QUESTION: Has the viewing of Charlie Chan's adventures helped you to ease some of the realities of isolation brought on by the current virus situation?

Yes 100%
No 0%

(NOTE: Rarely do we have such a one-sided result!)

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, June 29 as we share “Dead Men Tell”!

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." Updated each month, it can be found at this address:

THE CHARLIE CHAN FAMILY NEWSLETTER FOR THE YEAR 2019 REMAINS 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 “Murder Over New York.”



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