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The Black Camel (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 21 June 1931 (USA)
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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Certificate:

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The unsolved murder of the Hollywood actor, which is an important plot point, was inspired by the unsolved murder of director William Desmond Taylor in 1922. See more »

Goofs

The plot of this otherwise quite entertaining mystery contains a hole the size of the Grand Canyon. Part of the solution hinges on a close resemblance between a murdered actor and one of the suspects. In fact, two other characters hide portions of a torn photograph to cover up that resemblance - this despite the fact that most of the suspects admit to having been acquaintances (at least!) of said earlier murder victim. All the suspects would, therefore have to have been quite familiar with the resemblance between one of them and the dead actor, and only the murderer (and possibly one or two other characters) would have any reason to conceal the resemblance. Surely the innocent suspects would have immediately have informed Chan of what they knew, yet no-one mentions it! See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Way to find rabbit's residence is to turn rabbit loose and watch.
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Connections

Followed by Murder Over New York (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Aloha Oe
(uncredited)
Written by Queen Liliuokalani
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Fans of Chan will not be disappointed
14 May 2000 | by kartraboSee all my reviews

One of the very best of the early Charlie Chan films,'The Black Camel' features Warner Oland in his second outing as the Honolulu detective.With actual filming on Hawaiian locations(one of the few that did)the oriental sleuth tries to solve the murder of an unpleasant and very unpopular young actress,sifting through the usual baffling clues,and investigating one of the finest casts of suspects ever assembled for the series:Murray Kinnell,Victor Varconi,Robert Young,Richard Tucker and(fresh from their triumph in 'Dracula')Dwight Frye and Bela Lugosi!Viewers will also enjoy a look at Charlie's domestic life and huge family.In these earlier Chan films much of the basic plotlines followed the stories of Earl Derr Biggers' novels.


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