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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)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan na Cidade das Trevas  »

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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

Charlie Chan: Truth is only path out of tangled web.
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The least of the Fox Chan films.
16 April 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is 20th Century Fox's one poor Chan film. It is slow moving and boring. It is dominated, not by Chan, but Harold Huber as a bumbling, and very annoying, French policeman. I enjoyed Mr. Huber in his other Chan films. But he is just terrible in this one. This is also the only time that Sidney Toler's Chan was not assisted by one of his offspring. It is also the only time that Toler's Chan goes to Europe. (Should have stayed home, Charlie!) The city of the title is Paris and reflects that the "City of Light" has been affected by the black out imposed by the coming of the Second World War. But it just isn't fun. Too bad.


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