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Black Magic (1944)
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07.17.09

Black Magic (1944) Because Charlie Chan plans to return to Honolulu, he no longer needs the services of Birmingham, who gets a job as butler for William and Justine Bonner, two apparently phony psychics, who regularly host occult activities in their home. When Charlie's pretty daughter Frances attends a seance out of curiosity, Mr. Bonner is shot, and she becomes an immediate suspect. Charlie postpones his trip home to help with the investigation, which is made problematic when no bullet can be found in the wound and a hypnotized Mrs. Bonner is compelled to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of a downtown building.

Movie Tagline:
Chan stalks a fiendish murderer!

Also Known As:
Charlie Chan in Black Magic
Charlie Chan in Meeting at Midnight
Meeting at Midnight

Title: Black Magic
Release Date: August 19, 1944
Runtime: 67 mins
Genre: Comedy
All Genres: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B

MPAA Rating: Approved

Director(s):
Phil Rosen

Cast:
Sidney Toler ...Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ...Birmingham Brown
Frances Chan ...Frances Chan
Joseph Crehan ...Police Sgt. Matthews
Helen Beverly ...Norma Duncan / Nancy Wood (as Helen Beverley)
Jacqueline deWit ...Justine Bonner
Geraldine Wall ...Harriet Green
Ralph Peters ...Officer Rafferty
Frank Jaquet ...Paul Hamlin
Edward Earle ...Dawson, Police Lab
Claudia Dell ...Vera Starkey
Harry Depp ...Charles Edwards
Charles Jordan ...Tom Starkey
Dick Gordon ...William Bonner (as Richard Gordon)

Producer(s):
James S. Burkett
Philip N. Krasne

Writer(s):
Earl Derr Biggers
George Callahan

Composer(s):
Alexander Laszlo




More Movie Taglines:
  • Chan stalks a fiendish murderer!
  • SCIENCE TRAPS A KILLER!
  • Weirdest case of the screen's top sleuth!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Birmingham Brown: You know, after being here I could have an elegant time in a cemetary reading tombstones at midnight.
  • Charlie Chan: Shady business do not make for sunny life.
  • Police Sgt. Matthews: Charlie, about that bullet? Charlie Chan: You can keep secret? Police Sgt. Matthews: Of course! Charlie Chan: So can I.
  • Charlie Chan: Your suicide most excellent case of murder.
  • Frances Chan: I bought a crownless hat, a backless dress, and some toeless shoes. Charlie Chan: Stores have no clothes which are complete?
Movie Trivia:
  • Although Charlie Chan's daughters appeared with him in previous films (including Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938) and Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)), this is the only film in which a daughter (Frances) plays the assistant role usually done by one of Chan's sons (Lee, Jimmy, Tommy).
  • Actress Frances Chan didn't have to stretch too far in this role. She played a character named . . . Frances Chan!
  • The thirty-third of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies.
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Keywords:
Butler, Charlie Chan, Psychic, Murderer, Occult  ...[more]


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