Chowchilla Charlie is a petty criminal and forger; having been thrown out of the High Rollers Lounge after printing fake betting stubs he comes to Calavera Cafe. Manny Calavera also threw him out for not having money but he insisted coming.

He set Manny out to find his money that Maximino stole from him after a large bet went wrong; in return he promised to fake Manny a Union Card. However, when Manny got the suitcase for him, he saw that it was filled with Number Nine tickets. Charlie turned on Manny with a gun and demanded the case back; he gave Manny his Union Card and backed away.

Charlie was seen again in Hector's Casino where he was seduced by Mercedes Colomar who was able to get his suit for Manny.