Thursday, November 15, 2007

THE MEI LING DYNASTY

Looking through the IMDb section about character names, one might come to the conclusion that "Mei Ling" is about as common a Chinese name as "Susan" or "Mary". (Not really sure what would be the most common/popular names in Toobworld, actually. No matter how many times you say it, I don't think it would be "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia".)

And just as I wouldn't claim that Mary Richards of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' was related to Mary Ingalls of 'Little House On The Prairie', just because they share the same first name, I'm not making any claim that all of the Mei Lings I have listed here are related.

(Hrmmmm..... that idea about Mary Ingalls and Mary Richards though..... Both women living in Minnesota.....)

Where was I? Oh yeah. The name "Mei Ling".

TV series episodes
Ling Bai (Mei Ling) . . . "Jake 2.0" (2003)

{Cater Waiter (#1.3)}

Tina Chen (I) (Mei Ling) . . . "Delphi Bureau, The" (1972)

{The Deadly Little Errand (#1.1)}

Judy Dan (Mei Ling) . . . "Adventures in Paradise" (1959)

{Queens Back to Back (#3.4)}
Inspector Bouchard needs a judge for the "Miss Tahiti" beauty contest. The job is a little hard to fill since the citizens of Tahiti generally turn the annual beauty contest into an annual Donnybrook.

Lorna Ho (Mei-Ling Wan) . . . "Hawaii Five-O" (1968)

{Twenty-Four Karat Kill (#1.6)}

Mia Korf (Mei Ling) . . . "Loving" (1983) {(1988-01-15)}

Michelle Krusiec (Mei Ling Hwa Darling) . . . "Dirty Sexy Money" (2007)
Mei-Ling Hwa Darling is one of the Darling family's daughters-in-law of Tripp and Letitia Darling. (Mei Ling Hwa Darling is pictured to the left.)

Ankie Lau (Mei-Ling) . . . "Eurocops" (1988)
{Doppelleben (#1.34)} TV Series

Carol Lawrence (I) (Princes Mei Ling, The Widow O'Rourke) . . . "Wagon Train" (1957)
{The Widow O'Rourke Story (#7.4)}
Coop sets out to find Duke and Charlie who are being held prisoner by Princess Ling, the matriarch of a hidden Chinese empire which is guarded by Oriental men and worked by slaves. Princess Ling takes a liking to Coop because he bears an uncanny resemblence to her late husband, Terence O'Rourke an Irish sea Captain. She offers to adopt him, provide him with a chinese bride and bequeath him all her riches. (Robert Fuller in a dual role as Cooper Smith & Terence O'Rourke, the Irish sea Capt).

Lisa Lu (Mei Ling) . . . "COronado 9" (1959)
{Four and Twenty Buddhas (#1.9)}
A United States Customs badge, whose owner is dead, and a beautifuloriental girl, who is the custodian of a certain solid gold Buddha, are part of the intrigue in which Dan Adams is involved.

Lisa Lu (Mei Ling) . . . "Cimarron City" (1958)
{Chinese Invasion (#1.24)}
A foreman in charge of a Chinese work gang has terrorized the workers, who are building a railroad spur near Cimarron City. Mayor Matt Rockford and Sheriff Lane Temple look into the foreman's activities.

Lisa Lu (Mei Ling) . . . "Tightrope" (1959)
{The Chinese Pendant (#1.28)}
The Undercover Agent enters the jewelry-robbery game in order tocrack Ben Verlaine's mob.

It could be that the Mei Ling played by Lisa Lu in both 'Tightrope' and 'COronado 9' are the same woman. And the Mei Ling of the Old West in 'Cimarron City' could be her ancestress.

Christina Ma (I) (Mei Ling) . . . "Martial Law" (1998)
{Diamond Fever (#1.2)}
{Shanghai Express (#1.1)}

Taayla Markell (Mei Ling) . . . "Twilight Zone, The" (2002)
{Time Lapse (#1.7)}

Nobu McCarthy (Mei Ling) . . . "Mister Ed" (1961)
{Coldfinger (#6.3)}
{Ed Breaks the Hip Code (#6.4)}

Pilar Seurat (Mei Ling) . . . "Islanders, The" (1960)
{The Strange Courtship of Danny Koo (#1.19)}

Irene Tsu (Mei Ling) . . . "Wonder Woman" (1976)
{The Man Who Made Volcanoes (#2.9)}

Teo-Wa Vuong (Mei Ling) . . . "Bill, The" (1984)
{Too Many Cooks (#14.110)}

But wait! There's more!

TV Movies
Natalie Au (Mei Ling) . . . Walking Shadow (2001)


Susan Egan (Mei Ling) . . . Aladdin (1990)

Hannah Ho (Mei Ling) . . . Crooked Man, The (2003)

Helena Li (Mei Ling Kwong) . . . Border Line (1999)

Victoria Mallory (Princess Mei Ling) . . . Aladdin (1967)

Julia Nickson-Soul (Mei Ling) . . . Harry's Hong Kong (1987)

And as an added bonus.....

Tooniverse
Jane Perry (I) (Mei-Ling (Lin-lin)) . . . Vampire Hunter: The Animated Series (1997)

Moira Quirk (Mei Ling) . . . "What's New, Scooby-Doo?" (2002)
{Block-Long Hong Kong Terror (#3.9)} TV Series

Ultimately, it's just a first name; there are no ramifications - except perhaps in the case of those characters played by Lisa Lu - to be found in the women listed above sharing the same name.

But then again....

BCnU!
Toby OB

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that your Mei Ling- Aladdin- Susan Egan is actually not a cartoon, its a tv movie and I have no idea why they chose Susan Egan to play this role, considering she's not chinese but anyways just thought i'd let you know. lol

Toby said...

Thanks, Anon! I've fixed it now. Juggling all those names from the IMDb.com list from one subset to the other... well, that's one reason I gave up doing the Hat Squad credits - took WAY too much time and got confusing!

Glad to have you stop by - but sign in, why don'tcha! I like to know who's visiting our fair land. LOL!

Rebafan21 said...

Sorry for not signing in, I guess I just forgot, anyways it was me who left the comment!