The Black Camel (film)
|The Black Camel|
|Directed by||Hamilton MacFadden|
|Produced by||Hamilton MacFadden|
|Written by||Earl Derr Biggers (novel)
Hugh Stanislaus Stange (adaptation)
|Screenplay by||Barry Conners
Dudley Nichols (uncredited)
|Edited by||Alde Gaetano|
Fox Film Corporation
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
|Release dates||June 21, 1931|
|Running time||67 or 71 minutes|
The Black Camel is a 1931 mystery film based on the novel of the same name by Earl Derr Biggers. It is the second film to star Warner Oland as detective Charlie Chan, and the sole survivor of the first five Chan films starring Oland. The Black Camel marked the film debut of Robert Young.
Movie star Shelah Fayne is making a picture on location in Honolulu, Hawaii. She summons mystic adviser Tarneverro from Hollywood to help her decide whether to marry wealthy Alan Jaynes, a man she has only known for a week. Her friend Julie O'Neil worries, however, that the famous psychic has too much influence over her. Meanwhile, Julie has fallen in love herself with local publicity director Jimmy Bradshaw.
Honolulu Police Inspector Chan pretends to be a humble merchant, but Tarneverro sees through his impersonation. Chan mentions to him the yet unsolved murder of film star Denny Mayo, committed years before.
Then Jimmy finds Shelah's body; she has been murdered. Julie makes him remove Shelah's ring before calling for the police.
Chan investigates. He invites Tarneverro to assist him. Tarneverro reveals that Shelah told him she was in love with Denny and was responsible for his death, but kept quiet to protect her career.
The suspects are many, but after various startling revelations, Chan eventually identifies the killer and the connection to Mayo's death.
Cast (in credits order)
- Warner Oland as Inspector Charlie Chan
- Sally Eilers as Julie O'Neil
- Bela Lugosi as Tarneverro / Arthur Mayo
- Dorothy Revier as Shelah Fane
- Victor Varconi as Robert Fyfe, Shelah's ex-husband
- Murray Kinnell as Archie Smith
- William Post Jr. as Alan Jaynes
- Robert Young as Jimmy Bradshaw
- Violet Dunn as Anna, the maid
- J.M. Kerrigan as Thomas MacMasters
- Mary Gordon as Mrs. MacMasters
- Rita Rozelle as Luana
- Otto Yamaoka as Kashimo, Chan's overeager and unhelpful assistant
- Hanke, Ken, Charlie Chan at the Movies: History, Filmography, and Criticism, McFarland & Company Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina, and London, 1989, ISBN 0-89950-427-2.
- The Black Camel at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Black Camel at the Internet Movie Database
- The Black Camel at the TCM Movie Database
- The Black Camel at AllMovie
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