The Black Camel

The Black Camel

Warner Oland
Director: Hamilton MacFadden Cast: Warner Oland
Warner Oland
, Sally Eilers
Sally Eilers
, Bela Lugosi
Bela Lugosi
Hamilton MacFadden

DVD (Full Frame)

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Actress Shelah Fane (Dorothy Revier) is in Honolulu to shoot a movie, but her chaotic personal life is keeping her from concentrating on work. She's supposed to marry millionaire playboy Alan Jaynes (William Post Jr.), but she's also got an ex lurking around and a possible skeleton in her closet in the form of her one-time lover, actor Danny Mayo, who was murdered in Hollywood three years earlier in a case that's still officially unsolved. Fane seems to have resolved some of her problems and is prepared to move forward with her life -- with help from phony mystic Tarnevarro (Bela Lugosi) -- when she turns up murdered. Inspector Chan (Warner Oland) is up to his neck in possible suspects, including Tarnevarro, who was getting inside information on Fane and working some kind of scam; Fane's assistant, Julie O'Neil (Sally Eilers), who felt compelled to tamper with evidence; her would-be fiance, Jimmy Bradshaw (Robert Young), who tried to keep Julie from finding the body; Fane's oily ex (Victor Varconi); Smith (Murray Kinnell), a painter and beachcomber who was lurking around the murder scene; and two servants, Jessup (Dwight Frye) and Anna (Violet Dunn), one of whom seems very nervous. Several of these people had motive and opportunity, and the plot thickens considerably when some seemingly innocuous witnesses admit to hiding evidence, others start turning up dead, and yet others seem to be destroying evidence. Chan, juggling this list of suspects (and the thinly veiled racism of some of them) and the presence of his well-meaning but inept assistant Kashimo (Otto Yamaoka), as well as his family life, maintains his cool, cerebral demeanor throughout, despite attempts on his own life and the slang-laden yammering of his children, which the detective scarcely understands.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2018
UPC: 0024543586081
Original Release: 1931
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sales rank: 38,559

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warner Oland Charlie Chan
Sally Eilers Julie O'Neil
Bela Lugosi Tarneverro
Dorothy Revier Shelah Fane
Victor Varconi Robert Fyfe
C. Henry Gordon Van Horn
Robert Young Jimmy Bradshaw
Richard Tucker Wilkie Ballou
J.M. Kerrigan Thomas MacMaster
Mary Gordon Mrs. MacMaster
Violet Dunn Anna
William Post Alan Jaynes
Dwight Frye Jessop
Murray Kinnell Smith
Hamilton MacFadden Movie Director
Louise Mackintosh Housekeeper
Marjorie White Rita Ballou
Otto Yamaoka Kashimo
Robert E. Homans Chief of Police

Technical Credits
Hamilton MacFadden Director
Joseph H. August Cinematographer
Ben Carre Art Director
Daniel Clark Cinematographer
Barry Connors Screenwriter
Alfred de Gaetano Editor
Philip Klein Screenwriter
William Sistrom Associate Producer

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