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FROM CHARLIE CHAN: “Leisurely hunter have time to stalk prey, but hunter in haste must set trap.”


Jimmy: "You stay here. If anything happens, I'll hear you yell."

Birmingham: "You ain't kiddin'."

GREETINGS! This week it’s murder at a Malibu beach house! “The Trap” was sadly Sidney Toler’s final appearance as Charlie Chan, passing on to the embrace of his venerable ancestors several months after the completion of this movie.

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THIS WEEK’S PRESENTATIONS: “The Trap” (1946; 69 minutes) along with our “extra,” the FINAL episode of “Secret Agent X-9” with Keye Luke! (1945; 20 minutes).

FEATURE SUMMARY: The members of Cole King's variety troupe occupy a Malibu, California beach house. One of the showgirls disappears, and her body is discovered by San Toy, a Chinese member of the troupe. Because Lois has been strangled, a murder technique said to be favored by the Chinese and the French, both San Toy and Adelaide, who is French, are under immediate suspicion. San Toy, who is a friend of Jimmy Chan, asks his father to investigate.

FEATURE NOTES: Working titles for “The Trap” were “Murder in Malibu Beach” and “Charlie Chan in the Trap.” This is one of two Chan films in the series proper to have been filmed in large measure on location, the other being “The Black Camel” (1931). The Trap marked the final film appearance for Sidney Toler, who died on February 12, 1947. Roland Winters assumed the role of Charlie Chan in the 1947 film The Chinese Ring.

TRIVIA: Malibu Colony was one of the first areas with private homes after Malibu was opened to development in 1926. Malibu is located about 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

TERM OF THE WEEK: Coast Highway - State Route 1 (SR 1) is a major north-south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the California. It is the longest state route in California with a total length of over 600 miles. Several portions are designated as either Pacific Coast Highway, Cabrillo Highway, Shoreline Highway, or Coast Highway.

Charlie Chan: "We make-up time on Coast Highway."

THIS WEEK’S IMAGE: Having just crawled through a sooty heating duct, Jimmy Chan continues his investigation of the Malibu beach house with Birmingham Brown.

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CAST (as Credited):

Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland: Birmingham Brown
Victor Sen Young: Jimmy Chan
Tanis Chandler: Adelaide
Larry Blake: Rick Daniels
Kirk Alyn: [California Highway Patrol] Sergeant Reynolds
Rita Quigley: Clementine
Anne Nagel: Marcia
Helen Gerald: Ruby
Howard Negley: Cole King (also called "the Maestro")
Lois Austin: Mrs. [Irene] Thorn
Barbara Jean Wong: San Toy
Minerva Urical: Mrs. Weebles
Margaret Brayton: Madge Mudge
Bettie Best: Winifred
Jan Bryant: Lois


Walden Boyle: George "Doc" Brandt

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QUESTION: Which Charlie Chan film offers the best "shipboard" murder(s)?

“Charlie Chan Carries On” (as seen through the Spanish language version, “Eran Trece”) 0%

“Charlie Chan at the Race Track” 11%

“Charlie Chan at the Olympics” 6%

“Charlie Chan in Honolulu” 6%

“Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise” 38%

“Dead Men Tell” 38%

“Dangerous Money” 6%

Please cast your vote in our SEPTEMBER Poll!! Poll ends SOON!!!

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NEXT WEEK: Please join us on Monday, October 5 for “The Black Camel,” as we celebrate the birthday of WARNER OLAND!

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 Trap,” as we bid a fond "adieu" to Sidney Toler.


Rush Glick