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The Black Camel (1931)

The unsolved murder of a Hollywood actor several years earlier and an enigmatic psychic are the keys to help Charlie solve the Honolulu stabbing death of a beautiful actress.

Director:

Hamilton MacFadden (uncredited)

Writers:

Earl Derr Biggers (novel), Hugh Stanislaus Stange (adaptation) (as Hugh Stange) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Oland ... Inspector Charlie Chan
Sally Eilers ... Julie O'Neil
Bela Lugosi ... Tarneverro
Dorothy Revier ... Shelah Fane
Victor Varconi ... Robert Fyfe
Murray Kinnell ... Archie Smith
William Post Jr. ... Alan Jaynes
Robert Young ... Jimmy Bradshaw
Violet Dunn Violet Dunn ... Anna
J.M. Kerrigan ... Thomas MacMasters
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. MacMasters
Rita Rozelle Rita Rozelle ... Luana
Otto Yamaoka ... Kashimo
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Storyline

Movie star Sheila Fayne is seeing wealthy Alan Jaynes while filming in Honolulu, Hawaii, but won't marry him without consulting famed psychic Tanaverro first. Tanaverro confronts her about the unsolved murder of fellow film star Denny Mayo three years earlier, and she decides to reject Jaynes' proposal. When Sheila is found shot to death in her beach-front pavilion, Charlie Chan of the Honolulu Police investigates. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in the Black Camel See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Mono | Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Lebanon PA Thursday 3 December on WLBR(Channel 15); it first aired in Cincinnati Wednesday 23 December 1953 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in New York City Wednesday 13 January 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Detroit Monday 25 January 1954 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Phoenix Wednesday 10 March 1954 on KOOL (Channel 10), in Los Angeles Saturday 8 May 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), in Columbus Saturday 21 August 1954 on WBNS (Channel 10), and in San Francisco Wednesday 13 April 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

The knife thrown at Chan when he discovers the scratches under the table couldn't possibly have come from the direction it is thrown from. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Learn from hen- Never boast about egg until *after* egg's birthday.
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Written by Charles E. King
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Earliest surviving Warner Oland Chan Film!
16 April 2000 | by admjtk1701See all my reviews

This was the second Chan film to star Warner Oland in the role. It is also the earliest film of the series proper to survive. (1929's Fox film "Behind That Curtain" is still extant, but has Chan in a very minor part and isn't a true Chan film). It was actually filmed in Honolulu and captures that city as it was in the early 30's. Two "Dracula" alumni appear: the great Bela Lugosi, and Dwight Frye who played Renfield in the horror classic and is a butler here. Based on the Earl Derr Bigger's novel, this was later remade as "Charlie Chan in Rio" with Sidney Toler in the lead. This one is better. Sadly, it appears available only on the collectors' film market. It is worth the search and the viewing. Beware of copies with scenes missing!


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