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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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No Sons, Daughter 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:
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

Did You Know?

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:
Police Sgt. Matthews:Charlie, about that bullet?
Charlie Chan:You can keep secret?
Police Sgt. Matthews:Of course!
Charlie Chan:So can I.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
No Sons, Daughter, 25 July 2004
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

In a break from the typical Chan pattern Charlie is aide by his daughter this time. Interestingly he treats much better than he he ever did any of his boys.

This concerns a murder at a seance and more following. Its far from the best of the Chans, but at the same time its far from the worst, especially in light of there not being a son to get into mischief. Its the atypical nature that lifts it up from being a purely run of the mill story. Granted if you've not seen a good number of the Chan films the small differences may not seem like much, but for those of us who've seen every appearance its the little things that count.

7 out of 10 for those looking for a break in the Chan formula, 6 out of 10 for everyone else.

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