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      Meeting at Midnight

      1944 1 hr. 7 min. Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 29% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score While performing a mock seance at his fashionable home, William Bonner (Richard Gordon) is shot to death after the lights suddenly go out. The victim's wife, Justine (Jacqueline deWit), is brought in for police questioning along with her guests, including Frances (Frances Chan), daughter of the legendary Hawaiian detective Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler). At the invitation of homicide Inspector Matthews (Joseph Crehan), the polite but indefatigable Chan begins sifting the evidence of the murder. Read More Read Less

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      Andy F After a terrific start this one fades into tedium, even among the Charlie Chan movies. His daughter is ineffective and the film relies on an increasingly tedious amount of jokes regarding Birmingham (who makes a welcome reappearance) jumping out of his skin. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 05/10/23 Full Review Audience Member That's the Way the Fortune Cookie Crumbles--Disappearing Act!! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Orginally titled "Black Magic" this Chan film has a very good reputation but I'm not sure why. The end result comes off as a tired and weak entry involving yet another phoney psychic and another presumably dead husband who has had plastic surgery to the extent not even his ex-wife can recognize him. Interestingly the usual bumbling Chan son is replaced by his beautiful daughter Frances (oddly enough played by Frances Chan) who is obviously one of the prides and joys of Charlie's life. While this is unique, Frances Chan is a bit of a stiff acting wise and her scenes, particularly with Birmingham never come to life. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member MEETING AT MIDNIGHT (1944) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A middling Charlie Chan, that's beginning to show its age. Rated: C Jul 30, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis While performing a mock seance at his fashionable home, William Bonner (Richard Gordon) is shot to death after the lights suddenly go out. The victim's wife, Justine (Jacqueline deWit), is brought in for police questioning along with her guests, including Frances (Frances Chan), daughter of the legendary Hawaiian detective Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler). At the invitation of homicide Inspector Matthews (Joseph Crehan), the polite but indefatigable Chan begins sifting the evidence of the murder.
      Director
      Phil Rosen
      Screenwriter
      George Callahan
      Production Co
      Monogram Pictures
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 18, 2012
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