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A CALENDAR OF MOVIES: Christmas - "The King of Kings" (1927)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
ABBOTT & COSTELLO
AMERICAN CLASSIC MOVIES INTRODUCTIONS
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ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Sets
ARCITECTURE: Ancient Egypt
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Bernheimer Residence
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Ennis-Brown House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Evan Thompson's Bottle House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Greystone Manor
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Hearst Castle
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Hollywood Sign
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Homes of the Stars
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Jean Harlow
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ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Pickfair
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Rispin Mansion
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Royal Hawaiian Hotel
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ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Shelby House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: West Hollywood Historical Association
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ARCHIVES: VOLUME 1
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ASSORTED SHORT CLIPS
"B" MOVIES
B - MOVIES: Serials
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THE BARRYMORE FAMILY
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BUSTER KEATON
CARLA LAEMMLE
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CHARLIE CHAN ANNEX
CHARLIE CHAN: Asian Actors in Hollywood
CHARLIE CHAN: Bloopers & Bonus Questions
CHARLIE CHAN: The Books and Their Movies!
CHARLIE CHAN: Chang Apana
CHARLIE CHAN: Charlie's Sons
CHARLIE CHAN: Chemicals
CHARLIE CHAN: Chronology
CHARLIE CHAN: Criminal?!?!*
CHARLIE CHAN: Extras
CHARLIE CHAN: Gilbert Martines and Chang Apana
CHARLIE CHAN: Hawaii Steve
CHARLIE CHAN: Maps
CHARLIE CHAN: Maven and Rush Glick's Interview in . . . "Monster Bash"!
CHARLIE CHAN: Movie Eras
CHARLIE CHAN: Movie Notes
CHARLIE CHAN: Murder Rate
CHARLIE CHAN: On The Town
CHARLIE CHAN: Puzzles and Quizzes
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CHARLIE CHAN: Radio Shows
CHARLIE CHAN: Spookies
CHARLIE CHAN: Transportation
CHARLIE CHAN: Weather
CHILDREN'S CORNER
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Holiday Crafts
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Boats and Planes and More
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Paper Dolls
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Fun Stuff to Read
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Boys' Town
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Colleen Moore's Castle
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Judy Bolton
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Nancy Drew
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Nancy Drew (For Older Fans!)
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Shirley Temple
COMEDIANS
COPPER CAPERS: FBI's and CIA's!
COSTUME DESIGNERS
DASHIELL HAMMETT
ETTA KIT
FASHIONS IN FILM
FILM NOIR
FOOD CENTRAL
FOREIGN FILMS
GENRES
GINGER ROGERS
HALLOWEEN FUN!
HALLOWEEN 2011: Movies to Watch
HALLOWEEN RECIPES
HAROLD LLOYD
HAUNTS: Hollywood and Elsewhere
HAUNTS: Winchester House
HISTORY: Hollywood and Elsewhere
HOLLYWOOD'S SCANDALS AND CRIMES
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . CRIME: Greystone Mansion Murder
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . Crime: Jean Harlow and Paul Bern's Muder?
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . CRIME: Tate/LaBianca Murders
HOLLYWOOD'S . . .CRIME: William Desmond Taylor Murder
HOLLYWOOD'S MARRY-GO-ROUNDS
HORROR - SCIENCE FICTION
HORROR - SCI FI: Annex
HORROR - SCI FI: The Atomic Submarine (1959)
HORROR - SCI FI: Bela Lugosi
HORROR - SCI FI: Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi
HORROR - SCI FI: Boris Karloff
HORROR - SCI FI: Dracula (1931)
HORROR - SCI FI: Frankenstein (1931)
HORROR - SCI FI: Gojira (1954) & Godzilla (1957)
HORROR - SCI FI: Invaders from Mars (1954)
HORROR - SCI FI: King Kong
HORROR - SCI FI: Lon Chaney
HORROR - SCI FI: Nifty Fifty's Creature Features
HORROR - SCI FI: Nightmare Theatre with Gorgon
HORROR - SCI FI: Ray Harryhausen
HORROR - SCI FI: Stephen King
HORROR - SCI FI: Universal Studios
HORROR - SCI FI: Universal Monster Genealogy
HORROR - SCI FI: Wes Davis
HORROR - SCI FI: The Witch's Dungeon
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES
HUSTON FAMILY
I LOVE LUCY
INTERVIEWS
JOHN WAYNE
JONATHAN GEFFNER
JOSEPHINE BAKER
KAY LINAKER
LEI MAKING
LOCATIONS
MDs - RNs - RNBs - OH MY!
M.D.S . . . - The Crime Doctor Series
MAGIC IN MOVIES
MAKEUP ARTISTS
MAKEUP ARTISTS: The Westmore Family
MARX BROTHERS
MARY ASTOR
MARY PICKFORD AND DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS
MAVEN'S LIBRARY
MAVEN'S WEBSITES TO CHECK OUT
MUSIC
MUSIC: Dancers
MUSIC: The Lyrics
MYSTERIES
MYSTERIES: A Warning For Those Who Give Away The Endings!
MYSTERIES: Alfred Hitchcock
MYSTERIES: The Bat
MYSTERIES: D. W. Griffith vs. Mary Roberts Rinehart
MYSTERIES: Gum Shoes
MYSTERIES: Old Dark Houses
MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine
MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine - The Kidnap Murder Case
ORSON WELLES
PERRY MASON
QUIZZES AND PUZZLES
QUIZ ANSWERS
QUOTES From Hollywood
QUOTES From Hollywood Movies
QUOTES From Dorothy Parker
QUOTES Dorothy Parkers' "The Waltz"
RADIO SHOWS: Vintage Series
RECIPES OF THE WEEK
RECIPES OF THE WEEK: More about the Recipes
RECIPES OF THE WEEK: A Rejuvenating Diet
REVIEWS
REVIEWS - Mini Mavens
RONALD REAGAN
RUDOLPH VALENTINO
SEX IN THE CINEMA
SHIRLEY TEMPLE
SILENT MOVIES
TAYLOR SCHULTZ: Hollywood Sculptor
TRANSPORTATION IN THE MOVIES: Aviation
VINCENT PRICE
VINCENT PRICE: Connoisseur
WHAT'S MY LINE?
THE WHISTLER
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

Maven, Charly, Aunt Battie and Cousin Battie Belle have decided that the home page  at The Old Movie Maven sometimes needs trimming, hence the archives.

Lon Chaney, Sr., and His Makeup Kit
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LON CHANEY, SR.’S MINIATURE

DIARAMA DRESSING ROOM

 

          I want to apologize to Brooklyn Jay from Rush’s Chat Room[1] for my taking so long to post this to my website.  If what is in the accompanying pictures are any indidaction, Brooklyn Jay is truly talented!

          Be sure to take time to enjoy his note and pictures of the diaroma.  That’s the only way to appreciate them.

Lon Chaney, Sr.'s Miniature Dressing Room

Lon Chaney, Sr.'s Dressing Room in Pictures

Lot 689 - Lon Chaney Sr Miniature Diarama Dressing Room

This is Charly, Maven's cousin, taking over the whole website for the time being . . . .   Maven stayed outside for just a few minutes and then took to her bed moaning about becoming a Baked Alaska from the sun . . . .

 

She must have really been ditzy because she asked me where I got MY sun block while she was mistakenly sending the What's My Line? page into the outer limits of Shagundila on the other side of the universe.

 

So I have enlisted some interns to help rebuild our WHAT'S MY LINE?  page. They are Website Willies. I'd love to show you their pictures and names but they are very shy. They are even paler ghosts then I am and they can only work after the rest of us have left.

 

They have found some new entries while rebuilding the page:  From Trini Lopez (a fellow Texan) at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfyCrpxBbA0

to the Ritz Brothers at

http://www.youtube.com/watchv=Gu4fQVlPPFM&feature=related.

You can find more clips just by clicking

on WHAT'S MY LINE?

and an interview with the celebrated singer on our INTERVIEWS page!

Plus another more recent article Maven got tipped about by Friend Bill Lutters.

 

 

Oh, dear.

Maven is now calling for Battie Belle to take care of her.

Unfortunately Battie Belle is at her job as a R.N.B.:  She runs the Bat Mobile (aka the Traveling Triage Unit) as Head Registered Nursing Bat.

NOTICE:
 
Maven was doing some checking and checked www.imdb.com for Donnie Dunagan, who played Basil Rathbone's son, Peter, in The Son of Frankenstein (1939).
 
It has a note about what he's doing now:
Where Are They Now

(March 2011) San Angelo, TX USA: Retired Maj, USMC, but Dunagan has kept up a hectic schedule by doing interviews on the ABC morning show "The View," in addition to the British Broadcasting Corp. in London, Disney Studios, NBC-TV in Chicago and CBS-TV in Houston, among others due to the recent Blu-Ray release of Bambi.  (http://www.imdb.com).

And be sure to check CHARLIE CHAN: Behind That Curtain (1929) to check a still of Boris Karloff from that Chan Canon!

     With summer winding down, there are some new treats in the CHILDREN'S CORNER and a whole new section for fans of Valley of the Kings (1954 with Robert Taylor) and Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935) at ARCITECTURE: Ancient Egypt!

Maven and Charly here with Aunt Battie.
She's brought a lot of things from her trip home to Texas to from.  The first one is long but you have to check out the whole thing . . . you'll never know who're you're missing if you don't!
Plus there is a new recipe for Cheese Grits in the recipe sections:
or, if you over indulged during the summer . . .
If we still have energy . . . the three of us may add more!

ALAMO GHOSTS AND MORE

APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA AS TOLD BY W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM

And if it's too hot to do anything else . . . go over to MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine with all his Philo Vance books!  And one is all free and ready to read:
 
The Kidnap Murder Case
 

Ladies!  Need an excuse for some alone time?
Get a comfy place and your favorite snack and drink . . . .
and a basket of dirty laundry next to you.
Why dirty laundery?
Tell the family you needed a rest and could
they please do the laundry?!
They'll either chip in . . . or, just as likely . . .
go visit friends two streets over!
One thing you can do is a new test over in
WHICH MOVIE STAR ARE YOU!

This is Charly, Maven's cousin, taking over the whole website for the time being . . . .   Maven stayed outside for just a few minutes and then took to her bed moaning about becoming a Baked Alaska from the sun . . . .

 

She must have really been ditzy because she asked me where I got MY sun block while she was mistakenly sending the What's My Line? page into the outer limits of Shagundila on the other side of the universe.

 

So I have enlisted some interns to help rebuild our WHAT'S MY LINE?  page. They are Website Willies. I'd love to show you their pictures and names but they are very shy. They are even paler ghosts then I am and they can only work after the rest of us have left.

 

They have found some new entries while rebuilding the page:  From Trini Lopez (a fellow Texan) at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfyCrpxBbA0

to the Ritz Brothers at

http://www.youtube.com/watchv=Gu4fQVlPPFM&feature=related.

You can find more clips just by clicking

on WHAT'S MY LINE?

and an interview with the celebrated singer on our INTERVIEWS page!

Plus another more recent article Maven got tipped about by Friend Bill Lutters.

 

 

Oh, dear.

Maven is now calling for Battie Belle to take care of her.

Unfortunately Battie Belle is at her job as a R.N.B.:  She runs the Bat Mobile (aka the Traveling Triage Unit) as Head Registered Nursing Bat.

     Everybody here at TOMM have been getting into summer mode, starting with the heat getting up . . . and up . . . and up . . . and you get the idea!  So the RECIPES OF THE WEEK are reruns but worth knowing for summertime, especially since several are "fixable" ahead of time and/or cold.

Crab Louis

Lee Sa's Jalapeno Rolls

Family Punch

Family Rum Punch

Coney Island Hot Dogs

Jambalaya

Son of Frankenfurter Feet

Ice Cream Sundaes

Orange Jello Salad

Hoppin' John

Texas Caviar # 1

And for those who have weighty things on their minds:

TOMMTOMMTOMMTOMMTOMMTOMM

The Old Movie Maven's site has

been down for technical reasons. . . . 

Here are some treats for those who have

been having TOMM withdrawals!

The Lost Film Files

Please Don't Shoot My Dog by Jackie Cooper (An Excerpt from His Autobiography)

Greta Garbo: The Official Dream Princess

The Phantom's Hunting Ground

The Mysterious Death of Mary Pickford's Sister-in-Law, Olive Thomas

The William Desmond Taylor Case - 1

The William Desmond Taylor Case - 3

The William Desmond Taylor Case - 4

The William Desmond Taylor Case - 5

TOMMTOMMTOMMTOMMTOMMTOMMTOMMTOMM

White Rose Woo and Her Time

A Real Chinese Charlie Chan?
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The One Remaining Piece of "An Orphan"

An Orphan (1929):  A 1929 Shanghai Movie, about a woman's hard life and subsequent heroic rescue. Silent, B&W, with original Chinese and English intertitles/  There is some question as to what year it was made.  There is no question that it is a Chinese silent!:

http://www.archive.org/details/anorphan  

About the Movie "An Orphan" (1929)

Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) in the REAL China?!

Warner Oland as Charlie Chan Singing to Children
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On the Way to Shanghai

A Challenge for Charlie Chan Fans:
Is this photograph of a place that is actually in Charlie Chan at the Circus or not because Maven sure can't place it!

"Berkeley Square"
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Is It or Isn't It from CC at the Circus?

40 Acre World - 17 Lands across 2,000 Centuries

40 Acres - Gone With the Wind

Black Camel

Garden of Allah

Sunset Boulevard

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Vertigo

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

For those who might be interested . . . and haven't heard enough about the Royal Wedding coming up! . . .  Please check out the recipes for this week:
 
A couple of hot dog recipes borrowed from TOMM's Halloween recipes to keep your strength up for the week at
RECIPES OF THE WEEK: More about the Recipes.  You can also find therecipe for Prince William's Groom's Cake there. 
It's a chocolate biscuit cake and you can find more about it with the recipe at

Maven is pleased to bring this interview with author Yunte Huang talking about his Charlie Chan biography to Matt and Rush Glick over at www.charliechan.info. 

 

Thanks, you all!

 

 

Hello Everyone!

I just came across the following link which will allow you to watch Yunte Huang, author of "Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History" on C-SPAN.

It's a one hour spot and can be accessed on the right side of the screen. I haven't had a chance to view it yet, but thought our honorable family here may be interested.

 

 

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/295806-1

Yunte Huang talked about the life and times of Hawaii detective Chang Apana (1871-1933) and cultural impact that the fictional character based on him produced. He spoke at D.G. Wills Books in La Jolla, California.

And don't forget to check out RECIPES OF THE WEEK for a great Coney Island Hot Dog in honor of the Texas Rangers making it to the World Series . . . !
 
And maybe some Sangria?!
 
Go, Rangers!  Go, Rangers!  Go, Rangers!

Orson Welles' Ghost Story

More movie locations can be found at

Charly here to announce that we have changed the Children's Corner to add a new page just for Holiday Crafts . . . just in time for Easter!  So click on
and have fun!!

     Maven  has now added to the page for ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Shelby House . . . how many movies have you seen with this house and you didn't notice it?  The Shelby House got through such films as Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927) to Clint Eastwood in a bit part as a jet pilot in Tarantula (1955)!
 
     If you need something to buck you up then check out the recipes page for some Apricot Brandy Pound Cake at RECIPES OF THE WEEK: More about the Recipes

     Doris Day . . . a name long respected in Hollywood for a very talented lady . . . and usually thought of as being extra nice without a shadow of a blemish.
     What a lot of people don't know . . . or don't remember . . . is that Ms. Day was indirectly involved in one of the most shocking murders in Hollywood history:  The murders of Sharon Tate and her friends at the former home of Day's son, Terry Melcher.
     Read on for the details from Doris Day and her son:

Doris Day and the Manson Murders

A Quickie Update for Charlie Chan Fans!
 
Gilbert Martines has an interesting new addition to his Chan Blog at http://detectivecharliechan.blogspot.com/ about Chang Apana's family . . . family that I hadn't been aware of - or at least didn't remember!
 
Need I say that Gilbert's continued book project is one more indication that interest in all things Chan . . . up to and including Chang Apana . . . is still going strong?!

Cousin Battie Belle* Alert!
Check out more movie reviews about Nurses in Mystery Movies in M.D.S AND R.N.S AND R.N.B.s - OH MY!
 
(*Cousin Battie Belle is an R.N.B.:
A Registered Nursing Bat!)

This is for those who love John Wayne films and/or just plain beautiful country.  Ready for some breath-taking scenery?!

 

John Wayne in True Grit, Then and Now, Extended Video

 

In 1969 John Wayne starred in

“True Grit” and won an Academy Award

for his performance as

Rooster Cogburn.

 

The film was shot in

 and around Ridgeway, Colorado

 in the San Juan Mountains.

 

[This is the youtube.com clip

that shows the area then

during filming and now . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EUP9rOLf30.]

Maven (and family!) is out more often out than in these days but is leaving a recipe for these cold days of winter at RECIPES OF THE WEEK. . . .  Try it!
Well, Maven has added a Spicy Vegetarian Chili . . . barely in time for the Super Bowl!

Maven is back and with something for most everybody!
One is a new page for I LOVE LUCY fans!
There is more for fans of JOHN WAYNE and THE BARRYMORE FAMILY!

There is a new place in town to go with
and
 
Please check on it and go back frequently . . .
as Maven will!!

. . . . . . . . . . . .
A MYSTERY FOR CHARLIE CHAN?!

Charlie Chaplin Cell Phone Time Traveler
by George Clarke....Real Or Fake?
 
Fellow Chan Fan Bill Lutters let me know about this . . . .  "This" being a clip from Charlie Chaplin's 1928 hit The Circus.
 
George Clarke bought Chaplin's boxed set of classics and discovered it in the extras.  He has screened this in front of people . . .
Aw, heck, watch the clip!
 
 
While you are watching it, ask yourselves these questions:
 
Is that a woman or a man in drag in the dark clothing?
 
What is that he/she is holding up to their ear?
 
Is this person talking into this device (remember this was in 1928!) or just talking to themselves?
 
Or could it be some twenties' version of an ear trumpet?
 
How appropriate to find this on Halloween in 2010, regardless of whether it's real or fake?!
 
For more reading. . . check out:
 
 
Have a Booingly Good Halloween!!

Charly Lagosti

To help set the stage . . . the atmosphere . . . here is none other than Orson Welles with "a tale that is told in Dublin" . . . .

And what Maven watched as a child with her family at HORROR - SCI FI: Nightmare Theatre with Gorgon!

Thistle Hill

Thistle Hill - Oh, My!

Thistle Hill, a Little Extra

Ghosts of the Chilling Kind

The Log Cabin Village Ghost

Miss Molly's Bed & Breakfast

The Baker Hotel, Mineral Wells, Texas

Seguin's Headless Walker, Seguin, Texas

Perry Mason and the Haunting of the Black Swan Inn, San Antonio, TX

The Munsters Gone Texas

Are There Ghosts or Aren't There?

Alcatraz Hauntings

Mickey Mouse
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Click for Halloween

Halloween Time
 
For starters . . .
Be sure to get some treats here at
to keep your strenght while here.  Plus
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Paper Dolls, Boats and Planes and More (for bat hats and boa bats and more!)
There is a new page, too, at ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Rispin Mansion from Capitola, CA>
Then there are these
Howlloweeningly good clips!
 
If you haven't seen this clip . . . can you guess who the well-known person is in the gorilla costume?!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyVrH1OfVjw
 
Todd Eldridge skating a fun Mummy Walk to the music of Manheimm Steamroller in 2009:
 
Monster Mash - Halloween on Ice:
 

Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

(just under 5 minutes):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufVx80xkim8

 

The longer version (at almost 14 minutes and with a commercial at the beginning):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA

 

A longer piece but good:  Jozef Sabovcik

skates to Vampire Suites and Gia Guadat

performs a unique piece titled Enigma

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYzfzcOcKPc&feature=channel

 

"Thriller" on Ice

Beautifully done but perhaps not for kids,

especially the younger ones:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT8-UVALk60&feature=related

 

This is more for parents . . . especially Dads!
Panthers Ice Dancers Thriller/Ghostbusters - Halloween 2009

"The Town That Dreaded Sundown"
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From the Real 1946 Crime Spree of the Phantom Killer in Texarkana, TX

There was a real-life crime spree in Texas - Texarkana, to be specific - that was made into a movie . . . The Town That Feared Sundown (1976, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075342/) . . . . 
Sixty-four years later the case still holds the imagination, if not fears . . . of the unknown, of unidentifiable sounds, even being able to look over your shoulder . . . late at night . . . while you are reading . . . :
 

The Phantom Killer: Texarkana Moonlight Murders

 

By Joseph Geringer

 

Chapter 1 – From The Dark:  http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/unsolved/texarkana/index_1.html

 

Chapter 2 – This Time, Death:  http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/unsolved/texarkana/death_2.html

 

Chapter 3 – Naming the Beast:  http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/unsolved/texarkana/beast_3.html

 

Chapter 4 – Pandemonium:  http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/unsolved/texarkana/pand_4.html

 

Chapter 5 – Rabid!:  http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/unsolved/texarkana/rabid_5.html

 

Chapter 6 – Suspects:  http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/unsolved/texarkana/suspects_6.html

 

Chapter 7 – An Open Book:  http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/unsolved/texarkana/book_7.html

 

Chapter 8 – Bibliography:  http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/unsolved/texarkana/bibli_8.html

Maven would like to keep up some of the haunts here in Texas . . . they're too good not to, especially since some were articles from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram!

And in the rest of Texas:

Assorted Ghosts:
 
Texas' own Roswell:

Had enough?!  No?!  Then ckeck out these!

GOOD NEWS FOR CARLA LAEMMLE!
 
    Ms. Laemmle was the lady speaking the words in the coach scene with Dwight Frye at the beginning of Bela Lagosi's Dracula in 1931.
 
Her upcoming 101th birthday is coming up!
 
Those who would like her address to send her a birthday card can email Maven at theoldmoviemaven@yahoo.com!
 
Let's have some rousing cheers
for La Belle Laemmle!
 
Among the Rugged Peaks has now been turned into a documentary narrated by Sally Kirkland.  You can find more about it at http://www.wix.com/brutusln/amongtheruggedpeaks!

     Maven, Charly and all would like to thank a fellow Charlie Chan fan, hounder for a link to a commercial that Budweiser did in tribute to 9/11.
     The ad had their famous Clydesdales walking through most of it until the end when New York City apears in the distance.  The Clydesdales in the lead can be seen bowing down in homage to those directly involved and those indirectly involved . . . family, friends and their fellow citizens in New York City.
     This ad aired only once:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3eQmzw6n3k
     The memory of those America lost in 9/11 deserved better, lest we forget.

 Thanks to fellow Chan Fan Diana for posting this link over at Rush Glick's message board at www.charliechan.info Wednesday:  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129260913.
 
The Review is also now here at:

GIving Charlie Chan a Second Chance

It's a review of a new book on Charlie Chan, "Giving 'Charlie Chan’ A Second Chance" by Maureen Corrigan.

 

It's a rather long article but Maven  has something of a problem with it at the get go . . . a sentence in the first paragraph:  “The actor who played Charlie Chan in that and 40 other films was Warner Oland; like Sidney Toler, the actor who succeeded him in the role, Oland was Caucasian — Swedish, in fact!”

 

To Maven’s count, there were forty + films.  Out of those forty + were sixteen made with Warner Oland, twelve still available and four early ones considered to be among the Holy Grail of Lost Films.

Maven is no great shakes at math . . . well . . . shaking numbers in frustration is about the only thing she can do well with them . . . but twelve plus four does NOT add up to forty . . . unless you get certain political pundits in here for the math which would just muddle things up BIG TIME!

Yunte Huang, the author, describes Chan as:  But to many Asian Americans, he remains a pernicious example of a racist stereotype, a Yellow Uncle Tom, if you will; the type of Chinaman, passive and unsavory, who conveys himself in broken English.

Maven remembers 2003 when Fox Movie Channel had a Charlie Chan Festival which hailed wide and far by Chan Fans everywhere.

It didn’t last long.

Why?  Precisely because Asian Americans were pretty much calling for the boycott because they said that to many Asian Americans, he remains a pernicious example of a racist stereotype, a Yellow Uncle Tom, if you will; the type of Chinaman, passive and unsavory, who conveys himself in broken English.

For starters, a “chinaman” is a seller of China.  Charlie Chan is Chinese.  Now who’s the racist?!

Chan is “passive and unsavory.”

Right, with 14 kids and traveling all over the world by every conceivable mode of transportation available at that time and standing up for – yes, the law – but to protect the innocent, bring down criminals and put them away.  One could make a case for Charlie that he’s like the Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, Dudley Do-right . . . trying always to do right.

If Chan was doing anything “unsavory” then please explain exactly what it is that he’s doing because “unsavory” smacks of underhanded and/or illegal activities and most people associate Charlie Chan with anything BUT underhanded and/or illegal activities.

And to do “write” at that!

This “unsavory” business is on a par with Charlie speaking in “broken English”.  If this is the kind of stuff you’re arguing, Maven is wasting her time – still – since she brought up in 2003 the fact that many Caucasians whose families have been in the United States of America for generations STILL don’t speak as well as Charlie Chan does.

Maven recommends at least reading the review for yourself as she believes in informed censorship . . . check out the book and the review and decide for yourself whether the book is worth paying your hard-earned for.

And thanks again to Diana at Rush’s Message Board!

Charly here for Cousin Maven!
Maven asked me to do some research for some Our Gang shorts, specifically a follies from the the late thirties.
but . . . it was Alfalfa trying to sing opera and getting the worst of thedeal while Spanky, Darla and the rest hit the bigtime in their own night club.
Which is no surpise to anyone around here!
They don't even have the right set of actors!
 
Our Gang: School's Out

The schoolchildren lost their last teacher because she got married and quit her job. When the brother of their teacher Miss Crabtree comes to visit, the children mistake him for a suitor. The children tell abominable lies about Miss Crabtree to try to discourage the man. Meanwhile, one of the children is selling answers to the upcoming oral exam. Unfortunately for the students, the young entrepreneur used a book of minstrels and blackface as his source for the `answers`.
Director: Robert F. McGowan
Cast: Jackie Cooper...Jackie
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins...Farina
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney...Chubby
Mary Ann Jackson...Mary Ann
Year: 1938

Chang Apana
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As Played by Carey Tagawa

NEWS FLASH FOR
CHARLIE CHAN FANS!
 
     There had been news some little while ago about Jill Lepore writing about Chang Apana, said to be Earl Derr Biggers' insperation for his Charlie Chan.
     Ms. Lepore is now in The New Yorker about our honorable - and favorite! - Chinese detective, Charlie Chan, is now available in The New Yorker magazine.
     Thanks to fellow Chan Fan Bill Lutters about the story, Maven has pulled all four parts together . . . all ready for the reading at this link that includes a video!

CHAN THE MAN - On the Trail of the Honorable Detective

-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-

 A CHARLIE CHAN MYSTERY WEEKEND
In Beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii
 
     Maven is pleased to announce a dream of a weekend . . . in Honolulu no less . . . for Charlie Chan fans everywhere.
     Steve Fredrick (http://stevestoursandfilms.vpweb.com/) has pulled together a weekend of a "interactive tour [that] visits Chan-related crime sites, Chang Apana's former police station, coffee shops, gambling houses, movie theatres, and the residence of "Number One Son"!"
     For more information on this incredible Charlie Chan chance just check out the flyer:

Charlie Chan Mystery Tour

A NEW AND IMPROVED CHAN
IN SAN FRANCISCO MAP!
 
Godwinshelley (from Rush Glick's chat room at http://charliechanfamily.tripod.com/id17.htmlhas gone and improved on perfection with a Chan map of San Francisco, according to Earl Der Biggers' Behind That Curtain . . . with pictures!  Maven considers this a "shouldhave" for lovers of Biggers' books and movies!
Many thanks to Godwinshelley from Charlie Chan fans everywhere!
Then go to SAN FRANCISCO'S OLD CHINATOWN for a policeman's perspective!

Charlie Chan in San Francisco . . . wiith Pictures (Click to Save)

Know Who's Who in This Cartoon and What Roles?!
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Please Let Maven Know at theoldmoviemaven@yahoo.com!

Maven can name some of these actors and the parts that they are portraying but not all.  Anybody want to help by sending in your suggestions to theoldmoviemaven@yahoo.com?

     How well do you know the architecture in movies that you love watching?!
     Take this test and then go to QUIZ ANSWERS and find out how well you did!

Architecture in the Movies Quiz

We are tickled pink to announce that The Old Movie Maven Magazine is coming out in a new The Old Movie Maven Newsletter!
You can contact us here at theoldmoviemaven@yahoo.com or the Newsletter's homepage at
 
Charly

Spider Baby; or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1964/1968) - This interesting little film had Lon Chaney (The Wolf Man), Mantan Moreland (the Monogram Charlie Chans), and Carol Ohmart (The House on Haunted Hill -1959) and Maven frankly didn't hear about it until lately!:
The house itself is still around and you can check it (as well as a trailer with Moreland) out at http://bigorangelandmarks.blogspot.com/2008/05/no-142-smith-estate.html. 

The Ennis Brown House
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Damage on the Front Retaining Wall

     Maven has come across two links about the Ennis-Brown House.  One is a blog that has some increcible shots inside at http://laplaces.blogspot.com/2009/03/los-feliz-frank-lloyd-wright-houses.html.
     The other has photographs plus a history of the house that includes the restoration of this Los Angeles (and Hollywood) landmark at http://bigorangelandmarks.blogspot.com/2008/06/no-149-ennis-brown-house.html.
     According to this website, the house has been stabilized but will still need around $10,000,000 (2008 US dollars) to "rehabilitate" the landmark.
     Looking at these pictures makes you wonder what Vincent Price's House on Haunted Hill would have been like if they had used the actual interiors of the house!

AVIATION ALERT!
AVIATION ALERT!
Check out the new Maven page for fly-minded people at TRANSPORTATION IN THE MOVIES: Aviation

  Anyone for some Chinese dance clips?!
 
 
Pat Suzuki Doing "How High the Moon":
 
Pat Suzuki on "What's My Line":
 
This clip has Sammee Tong doing Bing Crosby:
 

     Maven is tickled that she has such great sources!  And they're all over the place!
     A fellow Charlie Chan fan in Conneticut, Tom Salemme, sent a Chan article to Bill Lutters in Florida who was kind enough to send it to Maven.
     It's about the TCM SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION of four of the Monogram Chans that have just been released on DVD:
Dark Alibi, Dangerous Money, The Trap (with Sidney Toler) and The Chinese Ring (the last one being with Roland Winters).
     Thank you all so much, Tom and Bill!!

A Charlie Chan Article Discovered by Tom Selemme and Courtesy of Bill Lutters

A new addition to the CHARLIE CHAN: Charlie Chan in the Wax Museum (1940) page is about how to make a wax figure and - surprise! - some very interesting information about the Mother of All Wax Museums . . . Madame Toussaud's!

Charlie Chan and "Friend" - Courtesy of www.charliechan.info

Eleanor Powell
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"The Queen of Tap"
Bill Robinson
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"Bojangles" Himself

     Maven came across a clip from Honolulu (1939) that has Eleanor Powell dancing a number in honor of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.  She did it in "black face" which was accepted practice then, however deplorable it seems now.
     The comments posted indicate a number of things:
      Powell and Robinson knew each other well and much of the texts posted with this clip give lots more information. . . .   If anyone wonders, the music is called "The Darktown Strutter's Ball."

Karloff and Lugosi
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In "Son of Frankenstein" (1939)

Bela Lugosi as Ygor had a great line in Son of Frankenstien (1939) about the Monster  (Boris Karloff):  He . . . does things for me!
 
Want more?!  Then check out QUOTES From Great Hollywood Movies

Everybody here at The Old Movie Maven would like to wish all of our Veterans and their families a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend!  We hope you will take time to check out our salute to you at
formerly A Day Which Will Live in Infamy.
Thank you so much! 
 
Charly

Lon Chaney, Sr.,
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A Still from "London after Midnight" (1927)

IS THIS A CLIP FROM LON CHANEY, Sr.'S
LONDON AFTER MIDIGHT (1927)?
 
No, it's a clip made by Rick Baker . . . .  Unfortunately!
But it sure had us going here at The Old Movie Maven!
This clip did lead us to clip from the old You Asked For It
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZDscvYrBgE - This clip has Art Baker talking to Lon Chaney, Jr., about the senior Chaney's life and the making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
How about a clip of Jack Hill
discussing Chaney, Jr., and Mantan Moreland is at
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZDscvYrBgE - This is another You Asked For It clip with Bela Lugosi with an act from his stage performance as a "Master Illusionist" . . . !
Plus a home clip of Bela Lugosi, circa 1940:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyN0mPfTnzQ&NR=1
How about a post-Dracula interview (circa 1931) with Dorothy West?
I love his response when she asks him if he believes in vampires.
"Yes . . . I married . . . three of them."

Here are some interesting links for Maven's fellow Chan fans!
 

I have come across some interesting links about our favorite detective!

 

This one is about Charlie’s sons – but no daughters, though! - http://cheddarbay.com/0000celebrityfiles/films/charliechan/clan/chanclan.html

 

This is a short biography of Warner Oland that includes a clip of Oland in The Black Camel:

http://www.things-and-other-stuff.com/movies/profiles/warner-oland.html

 

This link is about Dr. Howard Berlin, whom Chandom can call a master Charlie Chan Fan!

http://www.drberlin.com/chanfan/

 

This one is a biography of Keye Luke that includes some great posters of movies that he was in:

http://filesofjerryblake.netfirms.com/html/keye_luke.html

We have added a new page to the architecture section:
It has not only hosted celebrities from Hollywood but itself has appeared in such movies as the Charlie Chan entry The Black Camel (1931)!

Trini Lopez
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Click for His Website

     Happy Birthday To Fellow Texan Trini Lopez on May 15!  To share your own birthday wishes for Trini, go to his great website at www.trinilopez.com.
     Please click on the link here for interviews that he very kindly shared with Maven, with a big thank you to his personal assistant, Oralee Walker.

TRINI LOPEZ: International Singer

     Maven is happy to announce that she has begun a new Chan story:  Charlie Chan, Inc.
     Yes, it has Charlie plus as many of the kids as Maven can manage including Lee, Tommy, Frances and . . . Gloria.
     Yes, Gloria.  She's one of the younger Chans who is unnamed in the books and movies!
     Maven continues to post the New Advientures of Charlie Chan and Family so . . . check it out at CHARLIE CHAN, INC.!

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This is from a friend, a very talented lady out in Nevada, Eirianedd.  Maven, Battie Belle and Charly would be out there now buying out the store themselves if they could afford to!

Yarn - Reusable Fabric Gift Bags and Party Favor Bags

EclectiCollection's Shop Announcement

Reusable gift bags for all occasions and party favor bags for birthdays too. All bags are handmade by me and I love doing custom orders! I also carry novelty yarns, wool yarns, blended yarns...it's all here!

And check out my new shop, The Fig Loft!
http://thefigloft.etsy.com

Mother's Day is next month (May 9th)....You'll need a gift bag to package up your lovely gift for Mom so why not get something that she can use again?! And it has so many possible uses besides just a gift bag. They can be used as tote bags, lunch bags, to carry yarn projects, etc.

I am happy to combine shipping on all items and also take customer orders.

*Bulk discounts available, please convo for more information.

**Custom orders will require a 50% deposit before beginning and the balance will be due upon completion.

International buyers please contact me for shipping quotes if your country is not listed.

I just started a blog where I will be posting ideas, patterns and link to interesting craft stuff. Visit my blog here:
http://www.athianayarnsandcrafts.blogspot.com

Become a fan on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/aTHiana-Yarns-and-Crafts/256622131167

     Maven has come across a website that features old radio shows for free.  Why old radio shows?  For starters . . . they're fun to listen to, not to mention that they usually would be or had been made into movies and television shows!
     The lists aren't complete but you'll find a plethora of shows so why not check them out now at RADIO SHOWS: Vintage Series?!
 
PLUS
 
CALLING PHILO VANCE LOVERS!
 
CHECK OUT THE S.S. VAN DINE PAGE
HERE FOR LINKS TO ALL  of the Philo Vance Books
- FREE -
FOR YOU TO READ RIGHT HERE!

NEW . . . in time for EASTER!
A Bunny Basket to Make and
Easter Coloring Pages!!
 
Plus Lewis Carroll's "Alice" stories to
read with your parents at
 
And don't forget Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle at

NOTE:  The Crime Doctor page is now at M.D.S AND R.N.S AND R.N.B.s - OH MY! - The Crime Doctor Series and there are several new goodies that will be added to their various pages over the next few days!

How about some quiz fun for Saint Valentine's Day?! 
You can check out how well you did at

Valentine's Day at the Movies

Maven hopes that everyone has a great time with

your loved ones today on St. Valentine's Day!! 

And to help out . . . here's a great recipe!

Cherry Swirl Brownies

      Need to just veg out for a while?!
      Love animals?!
      Need a good laugh?!
      How about all three?!

     Maven has come across some clips featuring Carla Laemmle, from Debbie Reynolds singing to her (on the occasion of Carla's 100th birthday) to her thoughts on the Universal fire (that also burned Carla's former home) to being featured in Phantom of the Opera (Lon Chaney's 1925 version):
 
 
 

In celebration of beginning the Charlie Chan Series at Rush Glick's Chat Room (http://charliechanfamily.tripod.com/id17.html),
Maven has begun to transfer her Chan Files to her website. . . .  More are coming at CHARLIE CHAN: Movie Notes!

Have you checked out Maven's new calendar page for mystery lovers?!
And don't forget to check out all the other pages . . . .
How else will you find out that 
is for girls of all ages . . . and there's stuff
for the boys too in the Prince's Bedroom!
It even has a bearskin rug!
Check out ABBOTT & COSTELLO if you love baseball
or have ever wondered "Who's on First?!"
And then there's your favorite actors and all at
could bring you a better deal than
The Old Movie Maven!
Too much information at once? 
Then click on this link . . .
especially if you have kids and/or
if the child in you never quite grew up!

ANIMAL HI-JINKS

Charlie Chan in San Francisco's Chinatown

Be sure to check out the new story about Charlie Chan movies made in Hollywood . . . and China at CHARLIE CHAN: Asian Actors in Hollywood!

ANNA MAY WONG
 
     Okay, so Anna May Wong was never in a Charlie Chan movie but can Chan fans anywhere discuss Charlie's movies and/or Asians in films WITHOUT Wong's name coming up at some point?!

ANNA MAY WONG

     So how well do you know your actors in Hollywood?  How many acting families can you remember?  Can you remember all the members of each family?
     Frankly, Maven couldn't.
     Check out this quizz and then click fot the answers at QUIZ ANSWERS!

DO YOU KNOW YOUR HOLLYWOOD DYNASTIES?

And then go over to
for more!

     Frank Westmore makes Shirley MacLaine into a Japanese geisha, believe it or not, at

Shirley MacLaine as a Geisha according to Frank Westmore

Checked the page for
lately?!