Charlie Chan's Courage
Fox Film Corporation
Distributed: Fox Film Corporation,
July 6, 1934
Production: April 23 to late May 1934
Copyright: Fox Film Corporation, July 6, 1934; LP4813
Film: Black and white
Length: 7 reels, 6,589 feet
Running Time: 70-72 or 74 minutes
Source: Based on the novel
The Chinese Parrot
by Earl Derr Biggers (Indianapolis, 1926)
Producer: John Stone
Executive Producer: Winfield R. Sheehan
Director: George Hadden
Assistant Director: Sid Bowen
Screenplay: Seton I. Miller
Photography: Hal Mohr
Camera Operator: Joseph La
Assistant Camera: W. Abbott; S. McDonald
Settings: Duncan Cramer
Film Editor: Alex Troffey
Musical Direction: Samuel Kaylin
Sound: Alfred Bruzlin
Still Photography: Bill Thomas
Original Music: David Buttolph (not credited)
Wardrobe: Sam Benson (not credited)
Alexander Chivra: Stand-in for Warner Oland (not credited)
(as credited in the "Final Shooting Script"):
Warner Oland: Charlie Chan (also posing as Ah Kim)
Drue Leyton: Paula Graham
Donald Woods: Bob Crawford
Paul Harvey: P. J. Madden
Kinnell: Martin Thorne
Reginald Mason: Alexander Crawford
Virginia Hammond: Sally Jordan
Si Jenks: Will Holley
Harvey Clark: Professor Gamble
Jerry Jerome: Maydorf
Jack Carter: Victor Jordan
James Wang: Louie Wong
C. Jennings: Constable Brackett [Sergeant Brackett]
Francis Ford: Hewitt
Lucille Miller: Stenographer
Larry Fisher: Taxi Driver
Sam McDaniel: Porter
Carl Stockdale: Train Station Lounger
Carol Lincoln: Leading Lady
John David Horsley: Leading Man
George Magrill: Heavy
Frank Mills: Prop Man
Sherry Hall: Assistant Director
James P. Burtis: Eddie Boston
Paul McVey: Director
Wade Boteler: Bliss
UNCREDITED CAST (alphabetical):
Lita Chevet: Chorus Girl (scene cut from film)
Susan Fleming: Chorus Girl (scene cut from film)
Gail Kay: Child
Mary MacLaren: Mother
Frank Rice: Prospector
Teru Shimada: Jiu Jitsu Man
Mrs. Sally Jordan asks her faithful former houseboy, Charlie Chan, who is now a detective
on the Honolulu police, to personally transport an extremely valuable pearl necklace from Honolulu to San Francisco that she
has agreed to sell to millionaire P. J. Madden through jewelry broker and family friend, Alexander Crawford. Following
the completed sale of the pearls, an adamant Madden states, "I want them delivered to my offices in New York and nowhere else."
However, when Crawford learns that his son, Bob, had been followed by suspicious characters, and when the elder Crawford
receives conflicting instructions Madden to have the pearls brought to his house near the desert town of El Dorado, he becomes
suspicious. It is decided that Bob will precede Chan at the millionaire's desert home to make sure that the place is
safe. "Blind man feels ahead with cane before proceeding," says the detective, as Bob adds, "And I'm the one to be the
On the train to El Dorado, Bob meets Paula Graham, a film director's assistant who is traveling to the
same town to arrange a film shoot on Madden's property. As they approach the ranch by a hired car, driven by a local
character named Will Holley, they hear two gunshots, and as they near the house, a figure is seen running off.
the house, Bob and Paula are coldly received by Madden's assistant, Martin Thorne, who expresses surprise that Bob has arrived
a day earlier than expected. When asked about the gunfire, Thorne suggests that someone in the desert was probably "taking
pot shots at jack-rabbits." Bob and Paula are told that Madden is away, while Thorne invites Bob to stay, as Bob has
revealed that the pearls will arrive by messenger the next day.
The following day, Chan arrives, and to Bob's surprise,
he is dressed as a menial, speaking in sing-song broken English, and calling himself "Ah Kim." As the regular cook is
away on family matters, Thorne decides, with a well-planted suggestion by Bob, to hire Ah Kim.
With the run of the
house, Chan begins to search for clues and notices a revolver from Madden's collection that is mounted on a wall has been
removed and used recently. In Madden's bedroom, he finds a bullet hole in the wall that has been hastily covered by
a painting, and blood stains on the carpet, which someone has also tried to conceal. "Second bullet reposing in victim,"
states Chan. Bob believes that Thorne has murdered Madden, which Chan believes might be a possibility.
Bob and Chan
are somewhat shocked when Madden shows up later that day, driven to the house by Thorne.
Bob suggests to Chan that, even though the situation is suspicious, they have no choice but to deliver the pearls to Madden
as planned. Chan states that certain things should be cleared up before the pearls are handed over, and that Madden
should be stalled.
Agreeing to follow Chan's idea, Bob continues to put off the delivery of the necklace, finally
convincing Madden that the pearls will be delivered on Sunday, two days hence. As Bob leaves a fuming Madden, he suddenly
hears a voice crying, "MURDER!" As everyone runs to the source of the screams, Bob is surprised to find that it is a
talking parrot. During its dialog, the parrot speaks a phrase in Chinese, to which Chan, in the guise of Ah Kim, replies
to the bird. The next day, the "Chinese parrot" is found dead by Chan, who finds that someone used poison to do away
with him. Chan feels that the bird had been repeating things that were said during the murder at the house, and that
someone had now killed the parrot to stop anyone from hearing them repeated.
Later that day, Professor Gamble, apparently
an old friend of Madden's, arrives at the ranch. Gamble, Thorne, and Madden then drive into town, leaving Chan and Bob
alone at the house. The two men continue their search for clues, turning up more useful information, including some
belongings of someone named Jerry Delaney. However, the mystery is far from solved, as Chan and Bob reach no concrete
conclusion, except for the possibility that Delaney may have been the murder victim.
Chan later heads into the desert,
following clues that lead him to the man who had been seen by Bob running away after the gunfire during his arrival at Madden's
house on the first night. The detective learns from this person, an old prospector named Hewitt, who had witnessed the
shooting while peering through a window, that it was actually Madden who had shot some unseen person.
is in El Dorado sending a telegram to his father. As he prepares to return to Madden's house, he sees Madden's cook,
Louie Wong, who has just gotten off of the train, and gives him a lift back to the ranch. As they arrive, Bob sees Chan
at the garage and leaves Louie to talk with him. As both men return to the car, they find that Louie has been killed
with a knife. When Constable Brackett is called to the scene, he immediately suspects that Ah Kim (Chan) has killed
Louie in order to keep his job as cook. However, Bob, protecting Chan's guise as Ah Kim, firmly declares that he was
with Chan when Louie was murdered, and Brackett leaves, still unconvinced.
On Sunday, the movie crew arrives at Madden's
house to do its shooting. During the filming, the director asks Paula to investigate an old abandoned mine in the hills
as a possible location site for the next film. When Paula fails to return, Bob has Will Holley drive him up to the abandoned
mine. At the mine, Bob calls out to Paula, who calls back. Suddenly Bob and Holley are captured by one of the
men who had tailed Crawford back in San Francisco. With a quick move, Bob surprises the crook, named Maydorf, and after
a struggle, overcomes him. Reaching Paula, who had been held prisoner, Bob is told that there is another captive being
Meanwhile, at the Madden ranch as evening falls, Sally Jordan's son, Victor, arrives and ruins Chan's investigation
by informing Madden that the detective has had possession of the pearl necklace the whole time he was at the house, and that
they should have been handed over days ago. Demanding that Chan hand over the pearls, and showing the detective a note
from his mother instructing him to do so, Chan reluctantly complies with Victor's wishes while requesting a signed receipt
When Madden signs the receipt with his
left hand, Chan quickly grabs the necklace and pulls a gun, knowing that the real Madden is right-handed. Brackett suddenly
arrives on the scene and, believing that Chan is in the process of robbing Madden, fails to pay any heed to Chan's protests
to the contrary. Just as Chan is forced to hand the pearls back, the real Madden, with his arm in a sling and dried
bloodstains on the shoulder of his shirt, suddenly walks in with Bob, Paula, and Holley, who has a gun in Maydorf's ribs.
After a quick struggle, the false Madden, who is a look-alike and actor named Jerry Delaney, and who had attempted
to impersonate Madden years earlier as part of a racket in New York, is subdued. Madden then rightly accuses Thorne
of having double-crossed him. As he tries to slip away, Chan stops professor Gamble, revealing that, hidden on his person
is the knife that was used to kill Louie Wong.
With the case solved, and the pearls safely in the hands of their new
owner, Chan, Bob, and Paula take the train out of El Dorado. On the rear platform, Paula and Bob are seen embracing
as the train leaves.
NOTES: This is one of the four "lost" Charlie
Chan films, having been destroyed in the fire that consumed the 20th Century-Fox film storage facility at Little
Ferry, New Jersey on July 9, 1937. An illustrated script-based reconstruction of Charlie Chan's Courage can be viewed at our collection of "lost" Charlie Chan films. Sources conflict concerning the credits for director and cameraman. While production charts list both George
Hadden and Eugene Forde as directors and Arthur Miller as the cameraman, reviews and the Fox trade paper advertising billing
sheet credits only Hadden as the director and lists Hal Mohr as the cameraman. According to a press book for this film,
this was Hadden's first directorial assignment; he had been theatrical producer David Belasco's "right-hand man" during the
last six years of Belasco's life, and had worked as a dialog director in films. According to the Motion Picture
Herald, some scenes of Charlie Chan's Courage were shot in the Mojave Desert. In 1927, Universal Pictures
produced a film, based on the same source, entitled The Chinese Parrot, directed by Paul Leni and starring Marian
Nixon with Kamiyama Sojin portraying Charlie Chan.
Adapted from: AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE CATALOG - Within Our Gates: Ethnicity in American
Feature Films, 1911-1960
CHARLIE CHAN'S APHORISMS:
Always pleasant journey which ends among old friends.
Blind man feels ahead with cane
Setting hen squats cautiously on thin egg.
Much fuel tempt man to build fire.
sugar bowl draws many flies.
Always danger where men are evil, but knowledge best weapon for protection.
Must not too soon come to conclusion. Too many mixed drinks make big headache.
Man who does not listen at keyhole never gets earache.
Man's soul is lost that does not grieve the death of faithful servant.
man always uses left hand.
Anxious man hurries too fast and stubs big toe.
Round-about way often shortest path to correct destination.
OTHER WORTHY STATEMENTS:
makes them rest heavy on unworthy stomach - like sour rice. (Regarding the valuable Cavanaigh
pearls that he was carrying in a money belt)
Present location very agreeable place for murder. (To Bob, regarding
the bedroom in Madden's house)
(Bob: "No chance of finding him. It'd be like hunting for
a needle in a haystack.") Only requires careful inspection of hay. (Regarding
a missing witness)
Most upsetting discovery - like bumble bee in honorable trousers. (Upon
finding "Madden", the supposed murder victim, alive, thus requiring Chan and Bob Crawford to start over and find another theory)
Inscrutable fates reveal steps toward true solution.
bones creak with pleasure. (Regarding his sore back after overcoming Delaney)
happy to see corpse from bedroom alive. (To Madden after Chan sees that he is alive)
Variety, August 28, 1934
Done from 'The Chinese Parrot,' this is one of the least successful of the Charlie Chan series.
Without Warner Oland it would probably drop to the sort of story the indies sometimes make with much the same plot.
works hard to lift the action, but with no great success. The script lingers too long over the introduction and when
it does pick up a little acceleration, the quickening comes too late to whip up interest which has largely flagged through
the long drawn out exposition.
Even Oland is handicapped by a script which requires him to assume the disguise of
a Chinese servant and largely stand around and snoop over a murder. He is suave, he reels off Chinese adages and he
looks mysterious, but he is seldom able to create momentary suspense. The story fairly ambles along to its conclusion
with Chan contributing nothing to the discovery of the criminal. It's a tough assignment.
Story revolves around a
pearl necklace which is sold for delivery to a millionaire at his ranch. Chan brings the jewels from Honolulu.
The son of the woman who offers the necklace goes to the ranch with the understanding that Chan will follow and make delivery
if all is well.
All isn't well. A murder has been committed just as the boy drives up with a girl location scout.
They hear shots, but can find no clew. Chan follows and engages as a servant. After that he is chiefly engaged
in looking suspicious while the residents of the ranch glower and act mysteriously.
Apparently the part of the girl
has been added for romance, but there is little of the romantic and that not interesting. Girl is played by Drue Leyton,
who does her best. Donald Woods makes a stiff juvenile lead. Some of the bits are better played than the leads,
but no program credit is given.
Story will please mildly in the lower brackets. It's not de luxe material.
PROBABLE DATE: Early to
mid-February 1934 (NOTE: Information from the script indicates that Charlie Chan arrived in San Francisco on Thursday, February
12, and that the case was concluded on Sunday, February 15. Were these days and dates correct, the year would be 1931.
However, Charlie Chan's mention of the family's most recent child, a girl [the twelfth Chan offspring], shown in this movie
in a photograph which was also presumably the same one that is seen in the next film, Charlie Chan in London, means
that these adventures must be contiguous, or at least very close in time. Therefore, we must place the adventure depicted
in Charlie Chan's Courage in the year 1934, with Charlie Chan's involvement being, due to the railroad ticket found
at P.J. Madden's house, which was clearly dated February 8, four days in the early part of February, beginning on a Thursday
morning, probably the 15th, and concluding on the following Sunday evening, which may have been the 18th, with Bob Crawford,
who mentioned the dates perhaps having been confused.)
the President Pierce, landing in San Francisco, California, San Francisco, and El Dorado, California
THE PRICE OF THE RING THAT ALEXNDER CRAWFORD SOLD TO MR.
VAN HUSEN: $8,000
THE NAME OF THE WOMAN FOR WHOM MR. VAN HUSEN WAS PURCHASING
THE ABOVE RING: Evelyn Fontaine
SALLY JORDAN'S COMMENT REGARDING P.J. MADDEN: "...the
Wall Street plunger..."
THE TREASURED NECKLACE THAT WAS A GIFT FROM HER FATHER, MR.
CAVANAUGH, THAT SALLY JORDAN WAS NOW SELLING: The "Cavanaugh Pearls"
THE NAME OF SALLY JORDAN'S LATE HUSBAND: Fred
THE AMOUNT THAT P.J. MADDEN WAS WILLING TOM PAY FOR THE ABOVE
THE AMOUNT THAT SALLY JORDAN'S FATHER HAD PAID FOR THE CAVANAUGH
PEARLS "THIRTY YEARS AGO": $150,000
ALEXANDER CRAWFORD'S ASSESSMENT OF THE PEARLS: "That
necklace is one of the finest sets of matched pearls in the world. It's worth a half million on today's market."
WHEN THE NECKLACE WOULD ARRIVE FROM HONOLULU, ACCORDING TO
SALLY JORDAN: "Thursday morning."
THE LOCATION OF P.J. MADDEN'S DESERT HOME: El Dorado,
ACCORDING TO P.J. MADDEN, WHEN HE WOULD LEAVE SAN FRANCISCO
FOR EL DORADO: "...this afternoon..."
ACCORDING TO P.J. MADDEN, HIS PLANNED TIME TO LEAVE EL DORADO
FOR NEW YORK: "After a few days..."
P.J. MADDEN'S TERMS FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE CAVANAUGH PEARLS:
"...fifty thousand down...the balance within thirty days of delivery."
ACCORDING TO MARTIN THORNE, THE LENGTH OF TIME THAT HE AND
P.J. MADDEN WOULD STAY IN EL DORADO: "...until Saturday..."
P.J. MADDEN'S DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PEARLS:
"I want them delivered to my offices in New York and nowhere else."
P.J. MADDEN'S PAST, ACCORDING TO HIMSELF: "I used
to be a bellboy in the hotel where (Sally Jordan) gave (her) parties."
CHARLIE CHAN'S CURRENT HONOLULU POLICE RANK: Detective
CHARLIE CHAN'S JOB WITH SALLY JORDAN DURING HIS EARLY YEARS:
"...(Sally Jordan's) number one (house) boy."
ACCORDING TO SALLY JORDAN, THE NAME OF THE SHIP THAT CHARLIE
CHAN TOOK FROM HONOLULU AND HIS ARRIVAL DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO: "Thursday morning on the President Pierce."
THE NAME OF THE MEN'S CLUB TO WHICH BOB CRAWFORD BELONGED:
The Metropolitan Club
THE DOCK TO WHICH BOB CRAWFORD HAD THE TAXI TAKE HIM TO MEET
CHARLIE CHAN: Pacific Navigation Dock
A DESCRIPTION OF THE CAVANAUGH PEARLS: "...a gorgeous
triple string containing about one hundred and fifty large and exquisitely matched pearls."
"OLD FRIENDS" OF CHARLIE CHAN:
Sally Jordan - (Sally Jordan: "He's [Charlie Chan] always been
devoted to me.")
Alexander Crawford - (Charlie Chan: "Mr. Crawford always
honored guest at Jordan home.")
Bob Crawford - (Charlie Chan: "Fondly recall many races
from cookie jar to back door.")
ACCORDING TO ALEXANDER CRAWFORD, WHERE AND WHEN P.J. MADDEN
NOW WANTED THE PEARLS DELIVERED: "He wants the pearls delivered [to his ranch]...tomorrow." (Friday)
THE CITY WHERE P.J. MADDEN'S DAUGHTER LIVED: Chicago
THE CITY TO WHICH BOB CRAWFORD FLEW IN ORDER TO CATCH THE
AFTERNOON TRAIN TO P.J. MADDEN'S RANCH: Los Angeles
ACCORDING TO WILL HOLLEY, THE DISTANCE FROM EL DORADO TO
P.J. MADDEN'S RANCH: "...twelve miles each way..."
ACCORDING TO WILL HOLLEY, THE AMOUNT OF GASOLINE REQUIRED
TO MAKE THE TRIP IN HIS CAR: "...a gallon and a half..."
THE FARE CHARGED BY WILL HOLLEY: "...seventy-five
cents...And five cents tax.")
THE TYPE OF RING WORN BY PAULA GRAHAM: Emerald
ACCORDING TO WILL HOLLEY, WHERE LOUIE WONG HAD GONE AND WHY:
"Louie went to Los Angeles yesterday (Thursday)...he inherited some money."
THE NAME OF P.J. MADDEN'S "CHINESE PARROT": Tony
ACCORDING TO WILL HOLLEY, THE TYPE OF GUNSHOT THAT WAS HEARD
AS THE GROUP APPROACHED P.J. MADDEN'S RANCH HOUSE: "Sounded like a forty-five."
P.J. MADDEN'S WHEREABOUTS, ACCORDING TO MARTIN THORNE:
"...he's in Palm Springs."
ACCORDING TO MARTIN THORNE, WHEN P.J. MADDEN WAS TO RETURN:
THE MOTION PICTURE COMPANY FOR WHICH PAULA GRAHAM WORKED:
Imperial Picture Corporation
THE DAY THAT THE IMPERIAL PICTURE CORPORATION HAD PLANNED
TO SHOOT ON LOCATION AT MADDEN'S RANCH: Saturday
THE TIME, AS INDICATED BY THE CLOCK, AS MARTIN OPENS THE
DOOR OF BOB CRAWFORD'S ROOM, AWAKENING HIM: 2:18 (a.m.)
THE CALIBER OF BOB CRAWFORD'S PERSONAL GUN: .32
THE NAME TAKEN BY CHARLIE CHAN WHILE POSING AS P.J. MADDEN'S
HOUSE BOY: Ah Kim
THE TIME, ACCORDING TO THE CLOCK SHOWN, AS MARTIN THORNE
AND P.J. MADDEN RETURN TO THE RANCH: 12:30 (p.m.)
ACCORDING TO CHARLIE CHAN, THE ROUND-TRIP DISTANCE FROM P.J.
MADDEN'S RANCH TO PALM SPRINGS: "...ninety miles."
THE CHANGE IN DISTANCE ON THE ODOMETER OF P.J. MADDEN'S CAR,
AS WAS NOTED BY CHARLIE CHAN: 44 miles
P.J. MADDEN'S ANNOUNCED DAY OF DEPARTURE FOR CHICAGO:
THE DAY THAT P.J. MADDEN WOULD ALLOW THE FILM COMPANY TO
USE HIS RANCH FOR FILMING: Sunday
THE MAKE OF CAR DRIVEN BY WILL HOLLEY: Ford
BOB CRAWFORD'S DISPARAGING NAME FOR PAULA GRAHAM'S SUPPOSED
ACCORDING TO PAULA GRAHAM, THE NAME OF HER FIANCE:
ALEXANDER CRAWFORD'S TELEPHONE NUMBER: Montrose 3531
THE NAME OF P.J. MADDEN'S "CHINESE PARROT": Tony
ACCORDING TO P.J. MADDEN, HOW HE CAME TO ACQUIRE TONY THE
PARROT: "A sea captain gave him to me five years ago."
THE CHINESE DIALECT SPOKEN BY TONY THE PARROT: Cantonese
ACCORDING TO PROFESSOR GAMBLE, THE PROBABLE CAUSE OF TONY'S
DEATH: "Probably hypertrophic cirrhosis."
PROFESSOR GAMBLE'S PROFESSION: Zoologist
THE ANIMAL MENTIONED BY PROFESSOR GAMBLE: Sauromalus
THE TEXT OF THE LABEL IN THE SUIT COAT FOUND BY BOB CRAWFORD IN P.J. MADDEN'S
"Louis & Barnes, Inc.
17th & Broadway,
New York, N.Y."
THE NAME WRITTEN ON THE ABOVE LABEL IN INK: "JERRY DELANEY"
ACCORDING TO CHARLIE CHAN, THE INFORMATION REGARDING
THE RAILROAD TICKET PRESUMABLY BELONGING TO JERRY DELANEY: "Chicago to Palm Springs...purchased February 8th."
THE DATE OF JERRY DELANEY'S ARRIVAL IN EL DORADO,
ACCORDING TO BOB CRAWFORD'S CALCULATIONS: "That would get him to Palm Springs on the 11th...Wednesday...the night before
I got here."
ACCORDING TO CHARLIE CHAN, THE TYPE OF POISON
USED TO KILL TONY THE PARROT: "...arsenic."
THE DAY, ACCORDING TO CHARLIE CHAN, WHEN HEWITT
HAD BOUGHT A NEW LID FOR HIS CANTEEN: "...yesterday..." (Friday)
THE TYPE OF GUN THAT HEWITT SAW MADDEN USE AT
HIS RANCH: A .45
THE COST OF BOB CRAWFORD'S TELEGRAM WHICH WAS
SENT TO HIS FATHER IN SAN FRANCISCO: 84 cents
PAULA GRAHAM'S PLANNED TIME OF HER RETURN FROM
THE ABANDONED MINE: "...about three (p.m.)"
THE NAME OF THE MALE LEAD IN THE FILM BEING SHOT
AT P.J. MADDEN'S RANCH: Rannie
THE NAME OF ONE OF THE TWO CHORUS GIRLS WHO WERE
TALKING WITH EACH OTHER BETWEEN SHOOTS: Peggy
PAULA GRAHAM'S EXPRESSED KNOWLEDGE OF EDDIE BOSTON:
"I hear he used to be a gambler in New York."
P.J. MADDEN'S FINAL DEADLINE FOR THE PEARLS TO
BE DELIVERED: "Eight o'clock (Sunday night)..."
THE PERSON FROM THE FILM COMPANY WHO DROVE EDDIE
BOSTON TO EL DORADO: Dan
CHARLIE CHAN'S STATED POLICE RANK: "I am
Detective Sergeant Chan of Honolulu Police."
DEFINITION: jiu-jitsu (or
jiujitsu) - A Japanese method of self-defense without weapons in which holds and blows are supplemented by clever use
of the attacker's own weight and strength. (Chan is a little quicker, grabbing Delaney and doing a jiu-jitsu
throw over his back.)
ACCORDING TO P.J. MADDEN, JERRY DELANEY'S OLD
PROFESSION: "He used to be an actor..."
PAULA GRAHAM'S PLANNED DAY OF RETURN TO LOS ANGELES:
(Slang) A person, especially one who is odd or remarkable.
Bob Crawford: "...a hard looking bird
followed me down there..."
- A soft leather made from the hide of this animal or other animals such as deer or sheep.
Charlie Chan: "Note chamois
lined watch pocket."
- (From Chinese) Certificate proving legal resident status. Following the Chinese
Exclusion Act of 1882, there were very strict immigration limits placed on the Chinese. These laws, which were expanded,
were in place until repealed in 1943. During this era, it was not uncommon for persons of Chinese decent, even though
they may have been born in the United States, to carry papers proving their legal status.
Constable Brackett: "Where's your chock-gee."
of Siberia - Alexandra Fyodorovna, the wife of Tzar Nicholas III of Russia. She was de-facto
in charge of the government business during her husband's time as commander-in-chief during World War I, but she obtained
his endorsement of her decisions. In 1918 the whole family - including the four daughters and son were executed during
the revolution. She was born as Princess Alix von Hessen und beim Rhein and lived 1872-1918.
Bob Crawford: "...I came down to meet
the Dowager Empress of Siberia, but they tell me she's dead."
- (Slang) An automobile, especially one that is small, inexpensive,
Man: "Well, the closest thing to
it is a flivver across the street."
(ho'omalimali) - (Hawaiian, pronounced: "ho-oh-mah-lee-mah-lee") To
flatter; to mollify with soft words or a gift; to soothe, quiet.
Charlie Chan: "Suggest
giving Madden hoo-mali-mali until mystery cleared away."
cirrhosis - A chronic disease of the liver, characterized by an increase in its connective tissue,
a reduction in the size of the organ, and a degeneration of the parenchymatous constituents.
Professor Gamble: "Probably hypertrophic
- Very small or insignificant.
Bob Crawford: "I'm sorry that you have
to put up at that one-horse hotel."
- Someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains.
Sally Jordan: "The Wall Street plunger?"
President Grant - Built in 1921, one of the ships in the Dollar Steamsip Line (later, the American Presidents
Line) that carried passengers to and from Honolulu, throughout the Pacific, and around-the-world during much of
the twentieth century.
Sally Jordan: "Thursday morning, on the
Queen of Sheba
- The Biblical queen who met with King Solomon of Israel (thought to have occurred around 950-930 BC). On hearing of
his wisdom, II Chronicles 9 says that the Queen made the journey north to Solomon's courts "to test him with hard questions."
The conference proved a success, culminating in the two monarchs bestowing wealth and good favor on each other.
Constable Brackett: "And I'm the Queen
Sauromalus ater - A common chuckwalla.
Professor Gamble: "Have you ever studied the Sauromalus Ater?"