Meeting at Midnight (1944)
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A Charlie Chan flick featuring Mantan Moreland. Charlie investigates a murder which occurred in a mansion during a séance. He uses his wily Yellowman skills to root out the real killer (which involved sedatives and a unique bullet). Maybe the only Charlie Chan comedy with horror elements. Not as funny as I was hoping, the the mystery was good enough. Also released as Meeting at Midnight.
Meeting at Midnight (aka Black Magic) Starring: Sidney Toler, Frances Chan, and Mantan Moreland Director: Phil Rosen When his daughter (Chan) and manservant (Moreland) become possible suspects in the murder of a phoney psychic, brilliant detective Charlie Chan (Toler) sets about to solve the case. But how can even the great Charilie Chan catch a murderer who strikes with bullets that kill and then vanish, and who seemingly has the power to seize control of people's minds? This is a slightly clever little mystery that revolves around stage magic and trickery. The plot is a bit thin, and there are a few too many characters/suspects to be bit into the running time of just over an hour, so everything about "Meeting at Midnight" has sort of a sketchy, unfinished feel to it. The performances of all the actors are quite good, and the zinger-ladened dialogue moves the proceedings along at a brisk pace. It's just too bad there are too many characters crammed into the story. In the end, "Meeting at Midnight" is not the best of the Charlie Chan pictures, but it's still a fun little detective movie for those who enjoy the "I have brought you here to reveal the killer's identity"-style of detective films.
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