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The Black Camel (1931)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  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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Complete credited cast:
Sally Eilers ...
Julie O'Neil
Tarneverro / Arthur Mayo
Dorothy Revier ...
Shelah Fane
Victor Varconi ...
Robert Fyfe
Murray Kinnell ...
Archie Smith
William Post Jr. ...
Alan Jaynes
Jimmy Bradshaw
Violet Dunn ...
Anna the maid
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Thomas MacMasters
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. MacMasters
Rita Rozelle ...
Otto Yamaoka ...


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 <>

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21 June 1931 (USA)  »

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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 »


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 »


Charlie Chan: [about his assistant Kashimo] Can cut off monkey's tail, but he's still monkey.
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Followed by Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939) See more »


Written by Charles E. King
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I loved 'The Black Camel'
28 May 2005 | by (st louis, mo) – See all my reviews

I must forewarn, one and all, I love murder mysteries. I am also a huge fan of the Earl der Biggers character, Charlie Chan. They are rather formulaic with their always being a young lovebirds involved in each case. The handsome young man in this one...was Robert Young's first starring role. The cast included Bela Lugosi and Dwight Frye, apparently they had become a tagteam of sorts. Their movie Dracula had come out earlier that year. Bela played a famous mind reader that was in Hawaii on business. We meet Warner Oland, my personal favorite Charlie Chan, casing the mind reader, trying to disguise himself as a Chinese business man. Of course, Bela sees right through the charade and deduces that Charlie is really a policeman...Charlie warns Bela that they don't care for ripoff artists on the islands. Bela tells Charlie that they are both mystics...Chan investigates the past, while he investigates the future. The movie was full of plot twists and red herrings. The direction was crisp and the acting first rate. Though, in today's world of political correctness, the Asian stereotypes would be and are inappropriate...if one can overlook accepted bias' from eons can enjoy one of the first Charlie Chan's ever made. I believe Charlie Chan Carries On is the first episode of Charlie Chan, portrayed by Warner Oland...this is the second episode and one well worth your time to watch.

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