Charlie Chan in the Black Camel (1931)

Charlie Chan in the Black Camel


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The earliest extant entry in Fox's Charlie Chan series, this film is set in motion by the murder of Sheila Fane, a Hollywood movie star whom Chan was planning to arrest for the murder of a film director. Not long afterward, mysterious beachcomber Van Horn likewise turns up dead.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Barry Connors, Philip Klein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 14, 2007



as Charlie Chan

as Julie O'Neil

as Jimmy Bradshaw

as Tarneverro

as Shelah Fane

as Robert Fyfe

as Wilkie Ballou

as Thomas MacMaster

as Mrs. MacMaster

as Van Horn

as Alan Jaynes

as Jessop

as Movie Director

as Housekeeper

as Rita Ballou

as Kashimo

as Chief of Police
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For those familiar with the later Charlie Chan movies, The Black Camel is revelatory. For anyone else, it's a great introduction to the series.

Full Review… | November 1, 2011
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Charlie Chan in the Black Camel


The earliest surviving of the Warner Oland Chan series, this seems to benefit in comparison to other films of the series from the freshness of the material and author involvement - despite being an entirely traditional and by default, cliche who-done-it. You also get Bela Lugosi in a Swami turban gazing into a crystal ball...classic! But the real treat here is the location shooting in early 1931 Honolulu and the sight of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel standing tall on an otherwise empty strip!


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