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The Black Camel (1931)

Passed  -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  21 June 1931 (USA)
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The unsolved murder of a Hollywood actor several years earlier and an enigmatic psychic are the keys to help Charlie solve the Honolulu stabbing death of a beautiful actress.

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Tarneverro / Arthur Mayo
Dorothy Revier ...
Shelah Fane
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Robert Fyfe
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Jimmy Bradshaw
Violet Dunn ...
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Otto Yamaoka ...
Kashimo
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Movie star Sheila Fayne is seeing wealthy Alan Jaynes while filming in Honolulu, Hawaii, but won't marry him without consulting famed psychic Tanaverro first. Tanaverro confronts her about the unsolved murder of fellow film star Denny Mayo three years earlier, and she decides to reject Jaynes' proposal. When Sheila is found shot to death in her beach-front pavilion, Charlie Chan of the Honolulu Police investigates. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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CHARLIE CHAN'S Latest Thriller


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Charlie Chan in the Black Camel  »

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Warner Oland's second appearance as Chan, and the only entry shot on location in Honolulu, in April-May 1931. See more »

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The knife thrown at Chan when he discovers the scratches under the table couldn't possibly have come from the direction it is thrown from. See more »

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Charlie Chan: Always harder to keep murder secret than for egg to bounce on sidewalk.
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Followed by Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981) See more »

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Earliest surviving Warner Oland Chan Film!
16 April 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This was the second Chan film to star Warner Oland in the role. It is also the earliest film of the series proper to survive. (1929's Fox film "Behind That Curtain" is still extant, but has Chan in a very minor part and isn't a true Chan film). It was actually filmed in Honolulu and captures that city as it was in the early 30's. Two "Dracula" alumni appear: the great Bela Lugosi, and Dwight Frye who played Renfield in the horror classic and is a butler here. Based on the Earl Derr Bigger's novel, this was later remade as "Charlie Chan in Rio" with Sidney Toler in the lead. This one is better. Sadly, it appears available only on the collectors' film market. It is worth the search and the viewing. Beware of copies with scenes missing!


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