In honor of watching
Charlie Chan at the
from the Kentucky Derby?!
And how about
some information about the real Santa Juanita Race Track?!
Santa Anita race Track, Hollywood and American History
Santa Anita - On the 11 Most Endangered Places in America
|Charlie Chan, the Forensic Detective,
|Explaining Blood Splatters
How about some history about America's own world
class horse races? Try these links that lead to more!
Here are some great
movies to watch if you love horse racing, especially the Triple Crown* here in the U.S., aka the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness
Stakes and the Belmont Stakes:
(See also Melbourne Cup (First Tuesday in November)
Any westerns with Gene Autry with Champion; John
Wayne and Duke [Randy Rides Alone (1934) and Ride 'Em Cowboy (1932)]; Roy Rogers with Trigger and Dale Evans' Buttermilk
Hopalong Cassidy and Topper]
Black Beauty (1994)
Black Stallion, The (1979)
Charlie Chan in London (1934)
Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)
Day at the Races, A (1937)
Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
Fancy Pants (1950)
Francis, The Talking Mule (1950, Maven knows
that this is a mule in the horse section; but, hey, Francis not only talked before Mr. Ed but he spawned a series of Francis
sequels! Not to mention “equine equal rights”!)
Garden Murder Case (1938, Philo Vance Series)
Mr. Ed (TV Series, 1961 - 1966)
Murder at the Baskervilles (1937)
National Velvet (1944)
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
Sea Biscuit (2003)
Story of Seabiscuit, The (1949 - Includes Actual
Film of Seabiscuit Racing)
They Met in Argentina (1941)
First Saturday in May at Churchill Downs; Louiville, Ky; 1 1/4 miles/2/01 km.
Preakness Stakes: Three weeks later at Pimlico Race Course; Baltimore,
MD; 1 3/16 miles/1.91 km.
Belmont Stakes: Early June at Belmont Park at Elmont, NY; 1 1/2 miles/2.41
|"The Kentucky Derby" 1922
|Melbourne is located in the southeast corner, across from Tazmania.
|The Flemington Racecourse
|The Flemington Racecourse
Some fun facts to check out for Charlie Chan
at the Race Track!
CHARLIE CHAN AT THE RACE TRACK (1936)
Warner Oland: Charlie
Keye Luke: Lee Chan
Helen Wood: Alice Fenton
Thomas Beck: Bruce Rogers
Alan Dinehart: George
Gavin Muir: Bagley
Gloria Roy: Catherine
Jonathan Hale: Warren
George Irving: Major [Gordon]
Frank Coghlan, Jr.: “Tip”
John Rogers: Mooney
John H. Allen: “Streamline” Jones
Harry Jans: Al Meers
Robert Warwick: Chan’s
Chief (not credited)
Sam Flint: Ship’s
Captain [Captain Blake] (not credited)
Selmer Jackson: [J.L.]
Lansing (not credited)
Ivan “Dusty” Miller:
[Captain] Wade (not credited)
Ed Hart, George Magrill, David Worth, James Flavin: Detectives (none credited)
Al Kikume: Hawaiian Detective
Boothe Howard: Ship’s
Doctor (not credited)
Sidney Bracey: Waiter
Jack Mulhall: Second Purser
William Wayne, Les Srechley, Billie Oakley: Seamen (not credited)
Eddie Featherston, Charles Williams:
Reporters (neither credited)
Max Wagner: Joe (not credited)
Gangsters (none credited)
Harlan Tucker, Sammy Fin, Wilbur Mack, Paul Fix, Norman Willis, Jerry
Holmes Herbert, Colin Kenny, Robert E. Homans: Judges (none credited)
Lee Hicks, Bob Ellsworth: Policemen
Lucille Miller: Secretary
James Eagles: Chick Patton (not credited)
Bobby Tanzell: Gilroy
Bruce Mitchell: Gateman
Clyde McAfee, Jack Green: Pinkerton
men (neither credited)
Pat O’Malley: Track
Official (not credited)
David Thursby: Steward
Ray Hanson: Third Officer
Sam Haynes: Track Announcer
Chronology: Melbourne Cup [Day]; ship travel including [at 3:42pm] September 2nd, 1936,
to Honolulu, Hawaii; 1 day in Honolulu; ship travel to Los Angeles; 1 day then 1 for the Santa Juanita Race.
Did George Chester marry Catherine for her or the horse, Avalanche,
that Major Kent may have given them as a wedding present?
Which horse has the rail post at the Melbourne Cup? Gunsmith.
Who was the head track judge at the Melbourne Cup? Holmes Herbert.
What does “Tip” Collins get for throwing the race? What was he promised?
Bagley gives him tickets that pay $2,000 which angers Collins, who says he was
promised $5,000. Bagley says that the money has to be split too many ways for
What does Collins do with his cut?
He spends most of it on a ticket on the same ship that the others and the horses
The gangplank to the ship says:
Honolulu – San Francisco [ flag ] Los Angeles – South Seas
Australia and New Zealand
What costume did Lollipop the monkey wear through most
of the movie?
A sailor suit.
|Lee and Charlie Chan Set Sail
|Over the Ocean Blue
Denny Barton smarmy and/or just acting shifty?
What can Charlie tell from the note that Chester gets?
The letter head is cut off but the watermark is still observable plus
the “e” is dirty and the “r” is raised.
What are the letters that are messed up on Fenton’s typewriter?
The “e’s” are clogged and the “r’s” are raised.
What was Charlie bending over to pick up when Mooney, the steward,
runs over him while chasing Lee? A lucky penny.
Who’s in Cabin 219 who wants to see (Thomas Beck)?
Chan may have used this as a trick.
What was Chan’s cabin number?
How do the cabins on this ship compare to those on the ship in Murder
Many on this ship are nicer but Tip Collins’ is smaller—It
certainly doesn’t have a closet or water closet.
The scene where Charlie is in the bar with Alice Fenton, Bruce Rogers,
and Denny Barton—Can anyone name that song in the background?
“Let’s Knock Knees”(done by a young Betty Grable and Edward Everett Horton from “Gay
Divorcee.” (See MUSIC: The Lyrics)
What do Denny and Chan order to drink in the bar?
Denny has scotch and Charlie has a Sasparilla.
Why did Charlie want the cigarette from Fenton?
So Fenton would find the fake message.
Bagley sends Streamline to get his gun and cartridges from his cabin
where he’d been cleaning it.
Do you suppose George Chester accidentally shot Chan?
Do we ever find out who loaded the gun?
Did Denny really think he could out Chan Chan?!
What question did Charlie put to Denny that he put to Doctor Ainsley
in Reno that was pregnant with pause?
Perhaps you . . . have answer?
Who does Lee see at the cabin window?
How much would it take Tip Collins to sail from Australia to California, via Hawaii,
Chinese sound authentic in his exchange with Lee when the steward, Mooney, arrives?
Lefty (Paul Fix) sets
Tip up “somewhere” after Bagley gives him an advance of $200.
Why did most women wear jodhpurs (?) when they weren’t riding?
Maven's Mother says that back then women just did not wear jeans, only
laborers and cowboys did. Hence the Jodhpurs.
If Charlie didn’t smoke, how did he know to roll one?
Rush thinks he may have been simply observant.
What did Charlie use to test Gallant Lad for chemicals?
The foam from the horse’s mouth to test for a powerful heart stimulant.
What is on Lansing’s door:
What does Chester’s jockey do?
He backs out of the race.
When Eddie Brill volunteers to ride for Chester, what does he offer
Brill for the operation Brill needs?
What does Brill have to recommend him?
He won the same race two years.
How does Charlie trick his guard?
Charlie borrows the guards’ “cigarette makings” to use the paper as a blow pipe to blow the
loose tobacco into the guards face.
How do Charlie and Lee escape?
By the kitchen window.
How does Lee get Charlie onto the track?
Lee is in disquise as a laundry boy with Charlie hiding in back with a mess of firecrackers.
What are the fireworks for?
As a diversion so Charlie can change Avalanche and Gallant Lad back as they should be.
BONUS QUESTION: Did Charlie
ever knock out anybody else in the Chan movies?
Bonus Question: Did the
office that Charlie’s boss use look familiar?
It was used in at least one other Chan movie—Murder Cruise?
Bonus Question: Is there
another Chan with a link to a Astaire/Rogers movie?
“Eran Trace” ~ The Spanish version of “Charlie Chan Carries On”—Raul
Roulien (Max Michen) was also in Flying Down To Rio.
Bonus Question: How many
movies is Charlie on board a ship without being seasick?! (Not to mention airsick!)
Shanghai, Race Track, Honolulu—He was seasick in Broadway!
Bonus Question: What
other movie does Charlie use the trick that he used on Denny Barton: When he
asked if Charlie knows who did it, he asked Denny, “Perhaps you . . . know answer?”
To Dr. Ainsley at the bar in CC in Reno.
Bonus Question: Can you
name the policeman in white in Charlie’s office at the beginning of the movie?
How many (and which) Chan movies has he done?
Al Kikume was in at least 4:
Race Track, Olympics, Honolulu, and Reno.
Bonus Question: Charlie
recognized his sons’ backsides from paddling them as children in which movies?
Paris (?), Race Track, Panama.
Bonus Question: Which
Chan movies has one of Charlie’s sons ending up working on board?
Lee hires on legally as a cabin boy and Jimmy is a stowaway who is put to work in the shoe-shine
shop. What about Panama?
Bonus Question: Who did
the bad guy, Paul Fix, go on to be?
Marshall Micah Torrance to Chuck Connors’ “The Rifleman.”
Major Gordon Kent by George Chester,
Tip Collins by Lefty (Paul Fix).