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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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(uncredited)

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(novel), (adaptation) (as Hugh Stange) | 4 more credits »
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Shelah Fane
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Robert Fyfe
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Archie Smith
William Post Jr. ...
Alan Jaynes
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Jimmy Bradshaw
Violet Dunn ...
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Thomas MacMasters
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Otto Yamaoka ...
Kashimo
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Storyline

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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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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Trivia

The second of three Chans directed by Hamilton MacFadden, who also appeared in three. McFadden also began directing a fourth, "Charlie Chan in Paris" (1935) but was terminated after a week on set. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Alas, mouse cannot cast shadow like elephant.
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Connections

Followed by Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981) See more »

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Uheuhene
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Written by Charles E. King
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Fans of Chan will not be disappointed
14 May 2000 | by (Newbury Park,CA,United States) – See all my reviews

One of the very best of the early Charlie Chan films,'The Black Camel' features Warner Oland in his second outing as the Honolulu detective.With actual filming on Hawaiian locations(one of the few that did)the oriental sleuth tries to solve the murder of an unpleasant and very unpopular young actress,sifting through the usual baffling clues,and investigating one of the finest casts of suspects ever assembled for the series:Murray Kinnell,Victor Varconi,Robert Young,Richard Tucker and(fresh from their triumph in 'Dracula')Dwight Frye and Bela Lugosi!Viewers will also enjoy a look at Charlie's domestic life and huge family.In these earlier Chan films much of the basic plotlines followed the stories of Earl Derr Biggers' novels.


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