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THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

     Charlie Chan at Treasure Island is generally considered to top the list of Chan Fans everywhere.  Why not?  For starters, it has San Francisco's World's Fair of 1939.  It  has mystery and magic in the possiblility of the occult plus the drama of human struggles against the powers of darkness!
     And be sure to check out MAGIC IN MOVIES!

The Cast of "Charlie Chan at Treasure Island"
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CAST:
Sidney Toler: Charlie Chan
Cesar Romero: [Fred] Rhadini
Pauline Moore: Eve Cairo
Sen Yung: Jimmy Chan
Douglas Fowley: Pete Lewis
June Gale: Myra Rhadini
Douglas Dumbrille:Thomas Gregory (alias Stewart Salisbury)
Sally Blane: Stella Essex
Billie Seward: Bessie Sibley
Wally Vernon: Elmer Kelner
Donald MacBride: Deputy Chief J.J. Kilvaine
Charles Halton: Redley
Trevor Bardette: Abdul (called "The Turk")
Louis Jean Heydt: Paul Essex (alias Paul Ellison)
Fred Kelsey: Lead Detective in Taxi and Theater (not credited)
John Elliott: Backstage Doctor (not credited)
Kay Linaker: Sťance Apparition (not credited)
Gerald Mohr: Dr. Zodiac (not credited)
Al Kikume: Hawaiian Village Waiter: (not credited)
Jack Chefe: Audience Member (not credited)
Sayre Dearing: Audience Member (not credited)
Harold Miller: Audience Member (not credited)
Bert Moorhouse: Audience Member (not credited)
David Newell: Audience Member (not credited)
Heinie Conklin: First Taxicab Driver (not credited)
Hank Mann: Second Taxicab Driver (not credited)
Harry Strang: Taxicab Dispatcher (not credited)
Harold Goodwin: Airline Steward (not credited)
Margaret Mann: Airline Passenger (not credited)
Imboden Parrish: Airline Passenger (not credited)
Gloria Roy: Airline Passenger (not credited)
Charles Tannen: Airline Passenger (not credited)
Tom Quinn: Person at Arrival Gate (not credited)
Arthur Rankin: Airline Official (not credited)
Frank Meredith: Second Detective (not credited)
Bruce Mitchell: Police Desk Sergeant (not credited)
Bud Geary: Police Officer (not credited)
Edith Hallor: Toots (not credited)  

And here are pictures from fellow Chan Fan Godwinshelley who has been kind enough to let Maven publish these here as well as Godwinshelley's photographs of San Francisco!
 
Enjoy!

TREASURE ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHS BY GODWINSHELLEY

You can't tell where you're going - or where you are - without a map!

TREASURE ISLAND MAP # 1

TREASURE ISLAND MAP # 1: The Legend

TREASURE ISLAND MAP # 2

TREASURE ISLAND MAP # 3

TREASURE ISLAND MAP # 4

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     Treasure Island Museum Association has a great source of information at http://www.treasureislandmuseum.org/.

     A great deal of Charlie Chan at Treasure Island involves Rhadini, the magician, who has his own theatre on Treasure Island.  Rhadini would have had access the the magicians' "headquarters" at the Magic Castle.  Wonder what he would have enjoyed there?  Wait no longer . . . .  You can even take a virtual tour of the castle - or at least something of one - at http://www.magiccastle.com/about/virtualtour.cfm!

The Magic Castle
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Hollywood, CA

     A great deal of Charlie Chan at Treasure Island involves Rhadini, the magician, who has his own theatre on Treasure Island.  Rhadini would have had access the the magicians' "headquarters" at the Magic Castle.  Wonder what he would have enjoyed there?  Wait no longer . . . .  You can even take a virtual tour of the castle at http://www.magiccastle.com/about/virtualtour.cfm!

MAGICIANS' CASTLE OF MAGIC

HOUSE OF CARDS

HOLLY CHATEAU

ROLLIN B. LANE AND A LITTLE HOLLYWOOD MAGIC

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THE ZODIAC KILLER
 

The Zodiac Killer may have been partially inspired by Charlie Chan at Treasure Island.  Don’t know who the Zodiac Killer . . . or your memories are fuzzy?  Click on these links then:

 

http://www.zodiackillerfacts.com/sanfrancisco.htm

 

http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/notorious/zodiac/river_1.html

 

http://www.sfgate.com/zodiackiller/

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BLOOPERS FOR TREASURE ISLAND*

 

Factual errors: Just before the plane from Hawai'i to San Francisco lands, Chan and the other passengers are told they have to go through customs. Though not yet a state, Hawai'i was already under U.S. jurisdiction and therefore passengers flying from there to the U.S. mainland would not have had to go through customs.

 

Anachronisms: As Chan's airplane approaches San Francisco, we briefly see a stock shot of the uncompleted eastern span of the Bay Bridge. The bridge opened more than two years before the Golden Gate International Exposition, the film's setting.

 

TRIVIA FOR TREASURE ISLAND+

 

During one scene, Fox contract actor John Carradine is visible in a photo on the wall.

The book Charlie Chan is reading in the opening scene on the plane is "Romantic Moon" by Michael Shawn.

 

*http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031147/goofs

+http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031147/trivia

 

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KAY LINAKER
     Kay Linaker appeared in some five Charlie Chan movies (Monte Carlo, Reno, Treasure Island,  Murder Cruise and Rio) but had a lot more going for her than considerable acting talent.  She went on to co-write the screenplay to the 1958 version of The Blob and to become a teacher (of acting, of course!) at Keene State College in New Hampshire.  She was kind enough to enlighten Maven on two subjects: 
1.  Harold Huber's so-fake French accent in City in Darkness.
2.  The suspicion that there was more to Dr. Zodiac then most thought.  The Zodiac character in Charlie Chan in Treasure Island (1939) was employed by two different actors as a plot devise. . . .  To avoid being a spoiler alert, suffice it to say that it was logistically impossible for either actor to appear as Zodiac in certain scenes.  Plus Maven recognized the voice that Zodiac used was a third actor, Gerald Mohr.
     Ms. Linaker's reputation in Hollywood doesn't need Maven's help to embellish it but Maven salutes her memory as being as fine and gracious a person as she was an actress!

Kay Linaker Letter

Kay Linaker on Harold Huber

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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 'em.

I suppose one of the first things that I'd better clear up for those

of you who are not from the Bay area of San Francisco.

I'd better explain why this is called Charlie Chan at Treasure Island

when it doesn't involve pirates, buried treasure, or remote desert

islands anywhere.

Treasure Island is in San Francisco Bay.

It's where the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge goes right past there.

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 same

year out on the west coast and that was called the World's Fair as well.

And this will be explained when we get into the movie.

Our star is Sidney Toler and Mr. Toler was actually from Missouri and

had been rather typecast as Irish Cops before switching nationalities to

take over the role of Charlie Chan from Warner Oland who had died at

the age of 57 just a short time before.

Second lead went to Caesar Romero who enjoyed learning all the tricks

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 director,

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

pictures thereafter.

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 talking about.

Kay Kinaker [sic] was wrapped up in something that was really new then,

brand 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 enough

--and the cast and crew went off to lunch and no one remembered to

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 one of

the best.

And see what you think.

Sidney Toler in Charlie Chan at Treasure Island.

 

Epilogue: 

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

psychic phenomena.

Remember? James Randy, former magician who became a crusader

against fraudulent spiritualist, who has written several books uncovering

how some psychics, how some faith healers bilked naive believers out

of millions of dollars.

I'm sure many of you will remember Randi's famous appearance on the

"Tonight" show in which he revealed video tape evidence of a supposed

faith healer's hearing aid and which was really a small reciever through which

his wife transmitted the information he was supposedly receiving from the

great beyond?

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 now:

Meat loaf dinner. Yep!

 

February 5, 2002

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