Charlie Chan in the Black Camel (1931)





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In the tropical paradise of Hawaii, master Asian sleuth Charlie Chan is called upon when a famous film actress turns up dead, revealing the killer's identity at the climactic moment. This second mystery drama in the astonishingly popular Charlie Chan series features original Chan Warner Oland at his best.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Warner Oland
as Charlie Chan
Sally Eilers
as Julie O'Neil
Robert Young
as Jimmy Bradshaw
Dorothy Revier
as Shelah Fane
Bela Lugosi
as Arthur Mayo
Victor Varconi
as Robert Fyfe
Richard Tucker
as Wilkie Ballou
J.M. Kerrigan
as Thomas MacMaster
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. MacMaster
C. Henry Gordon
as Van Horn
Dwight Frye
as Jessop
Hamilton MacFadden
as Movie Director
Louise Mackintosh
as Housekeeper
Marjorie White
as Rita Ballou
Otto Yamaoka
as Kashimo
Robert E. Homans
as Chief of Police
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Critic Reviews for Charlie Chan in the Black Camel

All Critics (1)

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


Interesting to see the first surviving Charlie Chan movie, Bela Lugosi in a turban, and great footage of Honolulu before it became a major tourist destination! This is a more conventional mystery movie than some of the later Charlie Chan flicks.

Mara Barker
Mara Barker

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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