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City in Darkness (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 1 December 1939 (USA)
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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Richard Clarke ...
Tony Madero (as Richard Clark)
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Marcel
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Antoine (as Pedro De Cordoba)
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Charlotte Ronnell
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Prefect of Police J. Romaine
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Petroff (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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Belescu
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Louis Santelle (as Leo Carroll)
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Pierre
Louis Mercier ...
Max
George Davis ...
Alex
Barbara Leonard ...
Lola
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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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Drama | Mystery | Thriller | War

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1 December 1939 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan na Cidade das Trevas  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Detroit Monday 21 December 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York City Saturday 30 January 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Sunday 23 May 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Thursday 16 June 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). 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: Confucius say; "A wise man questions *himself*, a fool *others*".
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Connections

Followed by The Return of Charlie Chan (1973) See more »

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Most Unfortunate Film
1 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A dreary, boring film from the usually entertaining Charlie Chan series. Harold Huber dominates the film and Charlie merely stands around most of the time. It might have been different if Huber was funny, but he just comes across as annoying. Huber's character and Chan do not mesh well either. The film really misses #1 or #2 son. The plot isn't well spelled out and is not that interesting nor are the characters involved. There was potential here with the backdrop of WWII, but it does not get developed. The worst Chan film ever follows what many consider the best Chan film, Charlie Chan at Treasure Island. In fact, the next three Chan films are all excellent. Puzzling as to why they made this clunker.


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