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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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Earl Derr Biggers (characters)
George Callahan (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 August 1944 (USA) See more »
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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  (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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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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67 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Australia:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004) | USA:Approved

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Actress Frances Chan didn't have to stretch too far in this role. She played a character named . . . Frances Chan!See more »
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 »
Charlie Chan:Very low spirits in Bonner seances. All come from basement.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Toler vs Moreland - Battle Of The Aphorism, 5 May 2006
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

Average Monogram Chan potboiler, in the Mongram House with some of the Monogram staff - but then, I've always liked this one! The surviving print (in Chanthology) is in excellent condition, lending a nice overall atmosphere to the proceedings and helping a lot in following the story. One of the things that always makes me smile watching Monogram's is that the plots usually involve dispensing with some or a lot of accepted social conventions - they weren't meant to be analysed and mulled over decades later. In this Moreland and Frances Chan are in and out of the house like yo-yo's, and creeping all over the place unseen - it wasn't their house but as in a lot of Monogram's you weren't supposed to dwell on ownership issues which obstructed juvenile frisson or slapstick.

At a séance a man is apparently shot dead with what turns out to be an invisible bullet, as Charlie jocularly puts it. The quest is on to find out which of the clients around the table did it and how. The way in which Charlie solved it is depressingly familiar and trite, but everything was wrapped up nicely anyway. As usual Moreland was acting scared witless, in fact with "gremlins galloping up and down his spine" this time - a fantastic image! Frances Chan couldn't act very well but she certainly looked like she was enjoying the experience of making a movie with her constant smiles - her sunny disposition seemed to be rubbing off on Toler too who was enjoying his own aphorisms more than ever.

Overall, nice to watch once in a while especially in a Chan season. And I prefer big shoes to big corns.

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