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FROM CHARLIE CHAN: “Puppy cannot fool old dog.”

GREETINGS! This week we travel south to Mexico City with Charlie Chan, Number Three Son, Tommy, and Birmingham Brown’s cousin, Chattanooga! We join them in the hunt for a killer whose method of killing victims is one of the most perplexing puzzles of Chan’s career!

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THIS WEEK’S PRESENTATIONS: “The Red Dragon” (1945; 64 minutes) along with our “extra,” the SEVENTH episode of “Secret Agent X-9” with Keye Luke! (1945; 20 minutes).

FEATURE SUMMARY: In Mexico City, an attempt is made to steal the papers of the mysterious Alfred Wyans. His secretary, Walter Dorn, is working undercover for the U.S. government. At the U.S. embassy, he begs that they send for Charlie Chan. The next day, Dorn is mysteriously shot during a luncheon party at Wyans' home. Chan arrives in Mexico City, accompanied by Number Three Son Tommy and his chauffeur and assistant Chattanooga Brown. Chan reveals that Wyans' papers relate to the discovery of a new, 95th element which could be used to make a bomb much more powerful than an atomic bomb. The detective suspects one of the party guests, setting out to find which one is responsible for Dorn's death.

FEATURE NOTES: The film's working title was “Charlie Chan in Mexico.” The title card reads, “Charlie Chan in ‘The Red Dragon’.”

TRIVIA: Look for these and other Mexico City landmarks that appear in our movie for this week: Metropolitan Cathedral, Bellas Artes Opera House, and Palacio Nacional (Parliament Building).

TERM OF THE WEEK: banderillas - (Spanish) Decorated barbed darts that are thrust into the bull's neck or shoulder muscles by a banderillero in a bullfight.

Tommy Chan: "Banderillas - they use them in bullfights down here."

THIS WEEK’S IMAGE: Charlie Chan and Inspector Luis Carvero of the Mexico City police interview Countess Irena.

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CAST (as credited):

Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Fortunio Bonanova: [Inspector] Luis Carvero
Benson Fong: Tommy Chan
Robert E. Keane: Alfred Wyans
Willie Best: Chattanooga Brown
Carol Hughes: Marguerite Fontan
Marjorie Hoshelle: Countess Irena [Countess Irena Massack]
Barton Yarborough: Joseph Bradish
George Meeker: Edmund Slade
Don Costello: Charles Massack
Charles Trowbridge: Prentiss
Mildred Boyd: Josephine
Jean Wong: Iris Ling
Donald Dexter Taylor: Walter Dorn
Lucio Villegas: Chemist

UNCREDITED CAST (alphabetical):

Richard Lopez: Bellboy
Augie Gomez: Cab Driver
Artie Ortego: Police Officer
Toni Raimondo: Woman in Powder Room

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QUESTION: Which would you choose as the better "prison movie" in the Charlie Chan series?

Charlie Chan in London 59%

Dark Alibi 41%

Please cast your vote in our AUGUST Poll...Poll closes SOON!!

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NEXT WEEK: Please join us on Monday, September 7…LABOR DAY…as we watch “Dark Alibi”!

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!

SO, REMEMBER, PLEASE JOIN US for this week’s feature: “The Red Dragon.”



Rush Glick