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FROM CHARLIE CHAN: “Investigation best way to find answer.”

GREETINGS… Welcome aboard the ‘Suva Star’ as we see if, indeed, “Dead Men Tell.”

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: “Dead Men Tell” (1941; 61 minutes) along with our “extra,” the FINAL episode of “Lost City of the Jungle” with Keye Luke! (1946; 16 minutes [Begin viewing at the 1:02:16 mark, finishing at the 1:17:47 mark!]).

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. Over the centuries, Cocos Island has seen its share of pirates and buried treasure.

WORD OF THIS WEEK: belaying pin - A short, removable wooden or metal pin fitted in a hole in the rail of a boat and used for securing running gear.

Gene La Farge: "...I saw him trying to hit this young man with a belaying pin."

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
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

UNCREDITED CAST (alphabetical):

Stanley Andrews: Inspector Vesey
Jimmy Aubrey: English Sailor
Ralph Dunn: Homicide Desk Sergeant
Pat Flaherty: Policeman
Lee Tung Foo: Wu Mei
O.G. "Dutch" Hendrian: Saloon Dancer
Paul Kruger: Sailor in Saloon
Lee Phelps: Detective
Tim Ryan: Red Eye [Bartender]
Brick Sullivan: Police Sergeant
Charles Tannen: Sailor with Girl
John Wallace: Peg Leg

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 “Charlie Chan in Rio”!

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 “Dead Men Tell”…and a NEW serial!



Rush Glick