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OUR CCF MONDAY EVENING CHAT AND FILM VIEWING FOR October 12: ‚ÄúThe New Adventures of Charlie Chan‚

FROM CHARLIE CHAN: “Like aging spinster, I am getting too old to blush becomingly.”


In fourteen hundred and ninety-two,

Columbus sailed the ocean blue;

And on this day we share not one, but TWO,

Pairing Chan’s “Adventures” just for YOU!

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: “Backfire” and “Voodoo Death” ( Both: 1957; 25 minutes) along with our “extra,” the SECOND episode of “The Adventures of Smilin’ Jack” with Keye Luke…and Sidney Toler! (1943; 26 minutes).


“Backfire”: At London's British Museum, Charlie Chan is met by a noted archaeologist who hopes that the detective can find his wife left him for another man twelve years earlier.

“Voodoo Death”: he host of a dinner at an English manor is murdered and circumstantial evidence points to a servant who is a practitioner of voodoo as the killer. Charlie Chan, who is among the guests, believes otherwise.

FEATURE NOTES: “The New Adventures of Charlie Chan” is a British-American crime drama series that aired in the United States in syndicated television from June 1957 to 1958. The first five episodes were made by Vision Productions in the United States before production switched to the United Kingdom under ITC Entertainment and Television Programs of America. (From: Wikipedia)

TRIVIA: “The Black Camel” was filmed in great part on location in and around Honolulu. The only other “location” Charlie Chan movie was “The Trap,” shot 16 years later at Malibu Beach, California.

TERM OF THE WEEK: voodoo – A religion of West African origin practiced mainly in Haiti as well as other Caribbean nations.

THIS WEEK’S IMAGE: James Hong as Number One Son, Barry.

For a viewing of more than 500 images from ALL films in the Charlie Chan series, please visit our Gallery:

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. Happily, OUR FEATURE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE! (SOMETIMES there are occasional 5-second commercial intrusions. If so, after the 5 seconds, click on “Skip Ad”.)

CAST (“Backfire”):

J. Carroll Naish: Charlie Chan

James Hong: Barry Chan

Bruce Seton: Seth; Sir Basil Dawson

William Franklyn: Richard Dawson

Rupert Davies: Inspector Duff

Virginia Keiley: Enid

Harold Scott: The Headmaster

Amy Dalby: Mrs. Shaw

CAST (“Voodoo Death”):

J. Carrol Naish: Charlie Chan

James Hong: Barry Chan

Trevor Reid: Inspector

Hugh Miller: Joseph Temple

John Harrison: Smith (?)

Ann Sears: Ann Temple

William Abney: Bill Payne

David Peel: Harold Carr

Richard Debb: Howard Ross

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION on this week’s features and more, please visit:

OUR MONTHLY POLL: Please take a moment to cast your vote in our September 2020 POLL, found as you scroll down our Entrance Page (!


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 OCTOBER Poll!!

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, October 19 for “The Chinese Ring,” starring Roland Winters as Charlie Chan.

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:

SO, REMEMBER, PLEASE JOIN US for this week’s feature and a nice slice of virtual birthday cake as we share “The New Adventures of Charlie Chan.”



Rush Glick