CHARLIE CHAN AT TREASURE ISLAND
AMERICAN MOVIE CHANNEL INTRODUCTION
Nick Clooney's Introduction from AMC Cable Channel:
This is fun
This is a Charlie Chan film.
I love 'em. I love
I suppose one of the first things that I'd better clear up for
of you who are not from the Bay area of San Francisco.
I'd better explain why this is called Charlie Chan at Treasure
when it doesn't involve pirates, buried treasure, or remote desert
Treasure Island is in San Francisco Bay.
It's where the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge goes right past
It's part of San Francisco's version of the 1939 World's Fair.
Now I know that the 139 World's Fair took place in New York City
but there was also what was known as the Century of Progress that
year out on the west coast and that was called the World's Fair
And this will be explained when we get into the movie.
Our star is Sidney Toler and Mr. Toler was actually from Missouri
had been rather typecast as Irish Cops before switching nationalities
take over the role of Charlie Chan from Warner Oland who had died
the age of 57 just a short time before.
Second lead went to Caesar Romero who enjoyed learning all the
he did as Rhadini, the illusionist.
Also cast~~this is interesting~~is Sally Blane is in this movie.
She is Loretta Young's older sister and the wife of Treasure Island
Norman Foster, and plays the widow of the murder victim, you see.
Charlie Chan's # 2 son~~he was Victor Sen Young~~
He had been employed as a house boy by concert pianist Carmen de
Obario before he was cast in his first Chan Picture.
He invited his former employer to all of his sneak previews of
all his Chan
The pianist loved them.
One actress was certainly left breathless by her part in this picture.
Excuse me a second while I pull this up to illustrate what I'm
Kay Kinaker [sic] was wrapped up in something that was really new
It was plastic wrap.
She was wrapped in that to achieve the ghostly ectoplasmic appearance
that you'll see.
But, you know, we really didn't know much about it then--not really
--and the cast and crew went off to lunch and no one remembered
help her out of the plastic wrap.
And you know what happened there.
She nearly suffocated.
They finally, of course, and fortunately, took care of it.
This Charlie Chan mystery you're bout to see is considered to be
And see what you think.
Sidney Toler in Charlie Chan at Treasure Island.
Okay, let me just throw something out here for your consideration.
Is this a case of life imitating art or what?
Ceasar Romero's character was the Amazing Rhadini, you saw that.
A magician who helped expose the phony Dr. Zodiac.
Okay, fast forward now: the
1980's another magician called the
Amazing Randi stepped out of his magician's guise to uncover phony
Remember? James Randy, former magician who became a crusader
against fraudulent spiritualist, who has written several books
how some psychics, how some faith healers bilked naive believers
of millions of dollars.
I'm sure many of you will remember Randi's famous appearance on
"Tonight" show in which he revealed video tape evidence of a supposed
faith healer's hearing aid and which was really a small reciever
his wife transmitted the information he was supposedly receiving
Now is it coincidence that Randi's name was foreshadowed in a movie
made 50 years before?
Or was some unexplained force at work?
Or do I have an earpiece here with my wife talking to me right
Meat loaf dinner. Yep!
February 5, 2002