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City in Darkness (1939)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  1 December 1939 (USA)
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While in Paris for a reunion on the eve of World War II, Charlie finds that the murder of an hated businessman leads him to a conspiracy to smuggle arms to Germany.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lynn Bari ...
Richard Clarke ...
Tony Madero (as Richard Clark)
Harold Huber ...
Marcel
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Antoine (as Pedro De Cordoba)
Dorothy Tree ...
Charlotte Ronnell
C. Henry Gordon ...
Prefect of Police J. Romaine
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Petroff (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Noel Madison ...
Belescu
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Louis Santelle (as Leo Carroll)
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Pierre
Louis Mercier ...
Max
George Davis ...
Alex
Barbara Leonard ...
Lola
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ...
Landlady
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Storyline

Chan goes to Paris for a reunion with friends from World War I. There he investigates the murder of a munitions manufacturer who was supplying arms to the enemy. At the end Charlie preaches to us about the dangers of peace conferences. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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PARIS! BLACKOUT!...but there's no blackout for crime...and the great detective is commandeered!


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1 December 1939 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan na Cidade das Trevas  »

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Trivia

Chan's prescient aphorism at the film's conclusion, expressing pessimism about the upcoming Munich Conference was filmed months prior to the start of World War II. See more »

Goofs

When Harold Huber is thrown from the raised doorway of the hotel steps by the bouncer, the mattress on the cobblestones can be seen in the shot. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Charlie Chan: [referring to the Munich conference] A wise man once said, "Beware of spider who invites fly into parlor."
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They Had The Wrong Guy In The Lead
9 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the only Charlie Chan film I never finished. I usually love his films, whether Sidney Toler or Warner Oland starred in them and/or which of Charlie's kids were in the film.

However, in this movie the French police "Inspector Spivak," played by Harold Huber, was hogging all the scenes and was difficult to understand. He made me lose interest. This guy was just plain super annoying and had the top role in the story. I am glad a few other reviewers here had the same reaction as I did.

Perhaps with a DVD treatment and English subtitles available, I could give this a second chance and enjoy it, but I doubt it. I watch Chan films to see Charlie, not some idiot in the starring role.


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