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City in Darkness (1939)

While in Paris for a reunion on the eve of World War II, Charlie finds that the murder of an hated businessman leads him to a conspiracy to smuggle arms to Germany.

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Herbert I. Leeds

Writers:

Robert Ellis (screen play), Helen Logan (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Lynn Bari ... Marie Dubon
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Tony Madero (as Richard Clark)
Harold Huber ... Marcel
Pedro de Cordoba ... Antoine (as Pedro De Cordoba)
Dorothy Tree ... Charlotte Ronnell
C. Henry Gordon ... Prefect of Police J. Romaine
Douglass Dumbrille ... Petroff (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Noel Madison ... Belescu
Leo G. Carroll ... Louis Santelle (as Leo Carroll)
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Pierre
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... Max
George Davis George Davis ... Alex
Barbara Leonard ... Lola
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Landlady
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Storyline

Chan goes to Paris for a reunion with friends from World War I. There he investigates the murder of a munitions manufacturer who was supplying arms to the enemy. At the end Charlie preaches to us about the dangers of peace conferences. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

PARIS! BLACKOUT!...but there's no blackout for crime...and the great detective is commandeered!

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Drama | Mystery | Thriller | War

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan na Cidade das Trevas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Philadelphia Thursday 5 November 1953 on WPTZ (Channel 3); it first aired in Portland OR Saturday 21 November 1953 on KOIN (Channel 6), in Phoenix Wednesday 9 December 1953 on KOOL (Channel 10), in Detroit Monday 21 December 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Cleveland Saturday 8 January 1954 on WXEL (Channel 8), in both Pittsburgh and in Cincinnati Sunday 24 January 1954 on WJKF (Channel 53) and on WLW-T (Channel 5), in New York City Saturday 30 January 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Baltimore Monday 22 February 1954 on WBAL (Channel 11), in Lansing MI Thursday 8 April 1954 on WILS (Channel 54), in Los Angeles Sunday 23 May 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Thursday 16 June 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

When Harold Huber is thrown from the raised doorway of the hotel steps by the bouncer, the mattress on the cobblestones can be seen in the shot. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Birds never divide worm until safe in roost.
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Connections

Follows Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939) See more »

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Patience Big Sister to Wisdom
21 May 2017 | by bnwfilmbuffSee all my reviews

Smuggling, counterfeiting, espionage, blackmail, theft, treason, and murder are all intertwined in this brilliant Chan pre-WWII mystery. Charlie is trying to leave Paris on the eve of the war when he stumbles into this complex web of deceit while investigating the murder of a munitions manufacturer. The cast and acting were amazing. However, Harold Huber as the bumbling police inspector does get to be a bit much, though he has several laugh-out-loud funny scenes. Sidney Toler is on top of his game for this entry with several wonderful quips as well as his trademark poise amid the insanity but fear when endangered. This has a marvelous finish as well as a prescient statement ending the movie. This is a must see for fans of this series.


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