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The Black Camel (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 21 June 1931 (USA)
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:
Julie O'Neil
Shelah Fane
Robert Fyfe
Archie Smith
Jimmy Bradshaw
Violet Dunn ...
Thomas MacMasters
Mrs. MacMasters
Rita Rozelle ...


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21 June 1931 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan in the Black Camel  »

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1.20 : 1
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This film was first telecast in New York City Wednesday 13 January 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Detroit Monday 25 January 1954 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Los Angeles Saturday 8 May 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Wednesday 13 April 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »


When Charlie is inspecting underneath the table, the motion of the light spot on the floor does not correspond to the position of Charlie's flashlight. See more »


Charlie Chan: [after finding a desperate letter from the murdered woman] Always happens- When conscience try to speak, telephone out of order.
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Followed by Docks of New Orleans (1948) See more »


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One of the best Chans and the earliest extant
3 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film, taken from one of Earl Der Biggers original novels is one of the very best of the Chans. It is the second of the series, and the first, third, fourth and fifth are lost films. We can see the early Chan only through this film, and we see a very human Chan, rather than the more restrained Chan in the later films.

It also features a near tour-de-force scene by Bela Lugosi in which he, as the fortune teller to the stars Tarnaverro, forces a confession from Shela Fane, a movie star making a film in Honolulu. A confession that he witholds from Charlie Chan...

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