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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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User Reviews:
Likable and intriguing 40's Charlie Chan B-Pic that has more of a Film Noir feel to it. See more (31 total) »

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:
Dick Rush ... Policeman (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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although Charlie Chan's daughters appeared with him in previous films (including Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938) and Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)), this is the only film in which a daughter (Frances) plays the assistant role usually done by one of Chan's sons (Lee, Jimmy, Tommy).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:
Tom Starkey:Now sit on your blood pressure and keep it down.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Likable and intriguing 40's Charlie Chan B-Pic that has more of a Film Noir feel to it., 15 February 2010
Author: Celticnationalist from Wales

'Black Magic' otherwise known as 'Meeting at Midnight' is yet another 1940's Charlie Chan B-movie produced by B-studio Monogram Pictures.

This time around Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) investigates a seemingly impossible murder at a Seance, one where his daughter Frances (Frances Chan) is attending and also his friend & Chauffeur Birmingham Brown (Mantan Moreland) has just started a new job as a Butler leaving them both as suspects along with many of the others at the Seance table.

The DVD case which I bought says that 'Black Magic' is regarded as one of the best Chan Movies of the series..Not quite sure whether they include the 20th Century Fox produced episodes which I haven't yet seen or merely the Monogram produced ones.

Having seen a few of the Monogram Produced Episodes now, I have to agree that 'Black Magic' is probably the best that I've seen so far, The Acting and dialogue is better and not so stilted, there is also more Comedy than in previous Chan episodes of the Monogram era, some of it again rather distasteful especially portraying African American Moreland as an Idiot for laughs.

The budget is still low, and the production is still rather creaky but again you have to expect it from a B-Studio, just take it for what it is and you should Enjoy.

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