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Black Magic -- Charlie searches for a murderer amidst numerous ghosts conjured up by a strange variety of spiritualists and occultists.

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Director:
Writers:
Earl Derr Biggers (characters)
George Callahan (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 August 1944 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
SCIENCE TRAPS A KILLER! See more »
Plot:
Charlie searches for a murderer amidst numerous ghosts conjured up by a strange variety of spiritualists and occultists. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan

Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Frances Chan ... Frances Chan
Joseph Crehan ... Police Sgt. Matthews
Helen Beverly ... Norma Duncan / Nancy Wood (as Helen Beverley)
Jacqueline deWit ... Justine Bonner
Geraldine Wall ... Harriet Green
Ralph Peters ... Officer Rafferty
Frank Jaquet ... Paul Hamlin
Edward Earle ... Dawson, Police Lab

Claudia Dell ... Vera Starkey
Harry Depp ... Charles Edwards
Charles Jordan ... Tom Starkey
Dick Gordon ... William Bonner (as Richard Gordon)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darby Jones ... Johnson (uncredited)
George Morrell ... Man at Elevator (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Policeman (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Bonner (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Rosen 
 
Writing credits
Earl Derr Biggers (characters)

George Callahan (original screenplay)

Produced by
James S. Burkett .... producer
Philip N. Krasne .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alexander Laszlo 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Martinelli 
 
Film Editing by
John F. Link Sr.  (as John Link)
 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton 
 
Set Decoration by
Albert Greenwood  (as Al Greenwood)
 
Production Management
Richard L'Estrange .... production manager (as Dick L'Estrange)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bobby Ray .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... props
 
Sound Department
Max M. Hutchinson .... sound (as Max Hutchinson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Booker .... grip
Earl Crowley .... still photographer
Dave Smith .... camera operator
Monte Steadman .... assistant camera
Joe Wharton .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harry Bourne .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
David Chudnow .... musical director
 
Other crew
Marie Messinger .... script girl
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Charlie Chan in Black Magic" - USA (informal alternative title)
"Charlie Chan in Meeting at Midnight" - USA (informal alternative title)
"Meeting at Midnight" - USA (TV title)
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Runtime:
67 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004) | USA:Approved

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Trivia:
Actress Frances Chan didn't have to stretch too far in this role. She played a character named . . . Frances Chan!See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Charlie first declares himself psychic to Sgt. Matthews, we can see the pole held by a stagehand that makes a white handkerchief flutter over Charlie's head.See more »
Quotes:
Charles Edwards:Your spirits are a long time coming, Mr. Chan.
Charlie Chan:Spirits always have very long way to come.
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Movie Connections:
Follows City in Darkness (1939)See more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
That's the Way the Fortune Cookie Crumbles, 29 January 2005

I must confess a rather soft spot in my movie heart for the Chan(as well as Wong and Moto) mysteries of the 30's and 40's. They have some great stories to tell, inventive if not too logical puzzles to solve, some gifted supporting acting in most cases, and a friendly kind of spirit inflamed within. They also have some poor, wooden performances, harbor some of the most offensive stereotypes of OUR day, and seem hurriedly put together at times. Charlie Chan and the Meeting at Midnight(version which I saw) has qualities both with negative charges and positive. Sidney Toler always does a nice, wry job of playing Honoloulou's #1 detective, though I much prefer Warner Oland. This vehicle for Toler seems to be rather substandard. I'll chalk that up as it was made by Monogram. The story is a bit too far-fetched about a couple being killed...one at a séance table by a bullet that disappeared. The story of the bullet was intriguing, but some loose ends were not tied all too convincingly for me. No #1 son or #2 son or even #3 son here. We get Frances Chan(both her character's name and her name in real life). Frances plays Charlie's #1 daughter. Plays may be a bit generous as her performance certainly was wooden. Mantan Moreland is back as Birmingham Brown. I know he caught a lot of flack later in his life for his portrayals of being scared and so forth, but, for me, he is easily the best thing in this movie. All his gags don't work, but he keeps trying. Moreland was a natural comic presence and he should be viewed as such. Period. Not a bad Chan film but by no means one of the better ones.

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