This past weekend, Jennifer and I were looking for something different to watch and came across the channel HDNet Movies. It’s one of the few non-pay channels that doesn’t have commercials.
The movie that was on was Thoroughly Modern Millie, and semi-musical comedy set in the 1920s. It was full of stars with Julie Andrews looking like she does and Mary Tyler Moore looking gorgeous as she does. Carol Channing does her thing, and I actually recognized a song she sang from when my parents and we saw Carol Channing at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
One of the subplots behind the romance-seekign of Julie Andrews as the title character is a Chinese run white-slavery ring being run out of a hotel for single women. The hotel manager and her two henchmen drug women with no family connections (basically those who won’t be missed) and ship them off to a brothel in a nearby Chinatown.
The mind-blowing thing for me was to find at the end of movie during the credits that the two men listed only as Oriental #1 and Oriental #2 were Jack Soo (best known as Nick Yemena from “Barney Miller”) and Pat Morita (who’s been in a TV show and a movie or two). And we never recognized them during the entire 3-hour movie