Friday, 22 March 2013

MARCH 22, 2013

067 THE BLACK CAMEL (1931) Directed by Hamilton McFadden ***

"Death is a black camel that kneels at every door" says Charlie Chan in this rather good mystery which has a few things that make it stand out from the Chan films I've been enjoying recently. Firstly the film sticks fairly closely to the original Earl Derr Biggers novel on which it is based and Chan is on home ground in Honolulu for once and we get to see all his many children and even catch a brief look at Mrs. Chan. Warner Oland is excellent as honourable detective and the supporting cast is headed by a very elegant looking Bela Lugosi as a psychic (what else?). There is a very young Robert Young and, as a rather weird butler, an uncredited Dwight Frye. It looks like they actually did some location work in Hawaii for this one and the costumes and set design are a wow if you are into 1930's style.

The Black Camel

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068 THE GODFATHER (1968) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola *****

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