Episode 1: The Crown Jewel Caper 

Copyright 1972 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. 
Sound: RCA Sound Recording
Running Time: 20 minutes
First aired: September 9, 1972

Produced and Directed: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera

Associate Producer: Lew Marshall

Story Direction: Jim Carmichael, Jan Green, Earl Klein, Knick Knatz,

   Bill Perez, and Paul Sommer

Story: Sid Morse, Eddie Carroll, Jamie Farr, Willie Gilbert, Max Hodge,

   Mark Hammerman, Dennis Marx, Ray Parker, Henry Sharp, and

   Harry Winkler

Animation Director: Charles A. Nichols

Production Design: Iwao Takamoto

Production Supervisor: Victor O. Schipek

Layout: Jerry Eisenberg, Gary Hoffman, Jack Manning, Joel Seibel,

   Lin Larsen, Takashi Masunaga, and Tony Sgroi

Animation: Ed Love, Tony Love, Ron Campbell, Bill Hutton, and Bob Carr

Backgrounds: Walt Peregoy, Don Watson, Bill Butler, Marion Wallin,

   Daniella Bielecka, Cathy Patrick, Don Schweikert, and Bill McArdle

Titles: Iraj Paran

Technical Supervisor: Frank Paiker

Ink & Paint Supervisor: Jayne Barbera

Xerography: Robert "Tiger" West

Music Supervision: Don Kirshner

Sound Direction: Richard Olson and Bill Getty

Supervising Film Editor: Larry Cowan

Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer

Post Production: Joed Eaton

Camera: Roy Wade, John C. Hall, Dick Blundell, and Norman Stainback


Keye Luke: Charlie Chan
Cynthia Adler: Voice
Gene Andrusco: Flip Chan
Jodie Foster: Anne Chan
Lisa Gerritsen: Various Characters
Johnny Gunn: Tom Chan
Bob Ito: Henry Chan
Beverly Kushida: Nancy Chan
Cherylene Lee: Suzi Chan/Mimi Chan
Don Messick: Chu-Chu
Michael Morgan: Scooter Chan
Hazel Shermet: Various Characters
Brian Tochi: Alan Chan
Janet Waldo: Various Characters
Len Weinrib: Stanley Chan           
Ron Duarte: Lead vocals for the Chan Clan band (not credited)            



At the City Museum, priceless Burmese crown jewels are protected by high-tech security.  However, in what appears to be an inside job, the jewels are taken under the noses of everyone present, including the Chans who jump into action and pursue the thieves.


The popular Hanna-Barbera character, Scooby-Doo, makes a brief cameo appearance.
There are several American contemporary cultural references made in The Crown Jewel Caper, including:
The museum curator's voice is patterned after that of Peter Lorre, and Lord Buckley's voice mimics Boris Karloff, while the voice of the museum worker overheard by Stanley and Henry sounds very much like Humphrey Bogart.
An apologetic Charlie Chan tells a museum guard, "You'll have to forgive my son [Flip], he's watched too many Humphrey Bogart pictures."
At the Chan home, Stanley greets Karloffesque Lord Buckley while wearing a Frankenstein monster mask.
Tom chides his sister, Anne, who has just climbed onto a tree branch: "Here's the rope, Cheetah," referring to the famous chimpanzee from Tarzan films.
Tom quips: "The only way to fly!" which was a well-known commercial slogan for Western Airlines (which later merged with Delta Airlines).


Advice after a mistake is like medicine after the funeral.
Sometimes no clues are biggest clue of all.


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