Now here’s a fluke–a well earned one, too! James Hong, Son No.1 to J. Carrol Naish’s, Charlie Chan in The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, is getting his just deserves…a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Class of 2022! At 92-years young, Actor James Hong is going strong! “Hong, recently provided the voice of O-Sensei in the animated DC movie Batman: Soul of the Dragon and will appear in the upcoming sci-fi … Continue reading Hey Pop move over. I got a Star on Hollywood, too!
Life can indeed be ironic–grave and tragically ironic. Three years ago this month, June 15th, 2018, the family of John Noland made the heavy-hearted decision to disconnect John from life support. In his own small way (as we all are) John was a hero of sorts, most notably for me within the world of Charlie Chan. John was well known in Hawaii as a radio and television personality and sportscaster. Together … Continue reading One last Aloha’oe (fond farewell) to John Noland and his comic strip “Chinatown Cop.”
He’s not often associated with Charlie Chan these days, but for many Actor James Hong holds a special place in the detective’s career! At 92-years young (February 22d) actor, voice actor, producer and director James Hong is to acting as Tony Bennett is to singing. He’s been around-the-block, easily recognized and has earned a plethora of awards and distinctions starring in over 600 television and film roles spanning 7 decades! You … Continue reading A special birthday wish to Charlie Chan Series Actor James Hong!
What’s that you ask, “a REAL Detective Chan?” Yes, there was actually a living, breathing person, who inspired Author Earl Derr Biggers and served as the “spark” for his fictional Detective Charlie Chan. Now I realize “most of you” reading this already knew that! However, take a glimpse at two special sites and see if you don’t pick-up a thing or two…or at least refresh your memory. His name was, Chang … Continue reading Will the REAL Charlie Chan please step forward.
With February the month for flowers, candy, and valentines, it’s appropriate we take a look at author Juanita Sheridan’s fictional sleuth Ms. Lily Wu, and her cohort, novelist Janice Cameron. World famous mystery-fiction critic, editor, and author Anthony Boucher (eponym for the world’s leading mystery convention, Bouchercon) adored Sheridan’s fictional Lily Wu; dubbing her The Female Charlie Chan and admitted he was in love with her! He described her “the exquisitely … Continue reading Meet Lily Wu…Who? The female Charlie Chan.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066: The President Authorizes Japanese Relocation, (February 19, 1942) Actor Otto Yamaoka was an American citizen, born 1904 in Seattle, WA. Until the 1940s he had a successful career in film, staring in no less than 31 films. He would act in some film classics: The letter (1940), Thin Ice (1937), Libeled Lady (1936), alongside some distinguished actors: Betty Davis, Herbert Marshall, Tyrone Powell, Arthur Treacher, Alan Hale, Jean … Continue reading The true, sad events surrounding actor Otto Yamaoka; “Kashimo” from Chan film, The Black Camel.
The Sidekick, we all love them. Robinson Crusoe had his man Friday and Tom Sawyer had Huckleberry Finn. And while Batman had Robin, Tony Stark engaged a computer-interface language system, J.A.R.V.I.S.–Just A Rather Very Intelligent System (in case you didn’t know.) But it can also get lonely when one is trying to solve those little mysteries. You know, like who decapitated the beautiful film star and where is her head? Or, … Continue reading Those loveable “Sidekicks!” Who’s your favorite?