This month we celebrate Earl Derr Biggers’ 138th birthday (August 26th, 1884) with a treasure hunt! Move over Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, The Librarian and National Treasure…here I come Luigi and The Lost Charlie Chan Stuff (exciting music plays!) OK, maybe that doesn’t quite pass muster. However, I’m … Continue reading A Charlie Chan Treasure Hunt: The Celluloid Parrot, The Wax Figure and The Key to the City.
July 20th is National Fortune Cookie Day, yummy! Who hasn’t eaten at a Chinese Restaurant, or picked up some take-out, without looking forward to that delectable treat filled with words of wisdom–the fortune cookie? Could it be these strange configurations we have grown to know and love are not what we think? But first, in … Continue reading Ah yes, those Chinese Fortune Cookies…or are they Japanese?
Cats are famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) for chasing birds. With stealth-like prowess the cat remains still as a statue until the unsuspecting bird, detecting no movement, feels safe. Then…they pounce! So is the case we have here with the Charlie Chan film The Chinese Cat (1944), Monogram Pictures Corporation. Here … Continue reading The Chinese Cat (1944): a nod to The Maltese Falcon (1941)?
May Day (May 1st to celebrate spring) holds a special significance in the Land of Aloha. Because May Day is Lei Day in Hawai’i! A holiday to honor the tradition of sharing or giving a lei was the brainchild of poet Don Blanding, known as the “Poet Laureate of Hawai‘i.” In 1927 he came up with … Continue reading May Day is Lei Day in Hawai’i.
World Book Night is April 23, 2022 (Yes, that was no slip of the pen…Book Night!) We are on a mission and YOU may be our last hope! Members of the Charlie Chan Family Home have been searching for either the book or an explanation of the book jacket titled, Romantic Moon. It can be … Continue reading “Calling all cars. Calling all cars!” Be on the lookout for book titled: Romantic Moon.
Tall, shy and worth $1 Billion, “The Richest Little Girl in the World” walked into a Charlie Chan novel!
March is Women’s History Month. So today we look at real-life socialite Doris Duke, who found herself inside Author Earl Derr Biggers’ 1926 novel, The Chinese Parrot. The Chinese Parrot (1926). In the second Charlie Chan novel Parrot, Detective Chan is asked a personal favor by his past employer and longtime friend Sally Jordan (née: … Continue reading Tall, shy and worth $1 Billion, “The Richest Little Girl in the World” walked into a Charlie Chan novel!
“Kung Hei Fat Choi!” Today, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar begins THE YEAR OF THE TIGER (February 1st, 2022 – January 31st, 2023.) And since our Detective Charlie Chan was of Chinese ancestry, I thought it appropriate to post about that today! Tradition tells us to first visit the eldest seniors in the family … Continue reading Do not challenge supernatural unless armed with sword of truth.
Happy New Year! I’ve some exciting news to help ring in 2022. After a brief closure, The Charlie Chan Restaurant, Cambridge, United Kingdom is once again open continuing a legacy that spans 67 years of dedicated service! This fine establishment may hold the title, “Oldest Charlie Chan Restaurant still open for business!” See my November … Continue reading The Return of Charlie Chan. Huh? The restaurant that is in Cambridge, United Kingdom.