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City in Darkness (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 1 December 1939 (USA)
While in Paris for a reunion on the eve of World War II, Charlie finds that the murder of an hated businessman leads him to a conspiracy to smuggle arms to Germany.

Director:

Herbert I. Leeds

Writers:

Robert Ellis (screen play), Helen Logan (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Lynn Bari ... Marie Dubon
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Tony Madero (as Richard Clark)
Harold Huber ... Marcel
Pedro de Cordoba ... Antoine (as Pedro De Cordoba)
Dorothy Tree ... Charlotte Ronnell
C. Henry Gordon ... Prefect of Police J. Romaine
Douglass Dumbrille ... Petroff (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Noel Madison ... Belescu
Leo G. Carroll ... Louis Santelle (as Leo Carroll)
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Pierre
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... Max
George Davis ... Alex
Barbara Leonard ... Lola
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Landlady
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Storyline

Chan goes to Paris for a reunion with friends from World War I. There he investigates the murder of a munitions manufacturer who was supplying arms to the enemy. At the end Charlie preaches to us about the dangers of peace conferences. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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PARIS! BLACKOUT!...but there's no blackout for crime...and the great detective is commandeered!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan na Cidade das Trevas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chan's prescient aphorism at the film's conclusion, expressing pessimism about the upcoming Munich Conference was filmed months prior to the start of World War II. See more »

Goofs

When Harold Huber is thrown from the raised doorway of the hotel steps by the bouncer, the mattress on the cobblestones can be seen in the shot. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Charlie Chan: [referring to the Munich conference] A wise man once said, "Beware of spider who invites fly into parlor."
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Connections

Follows Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937) See more »

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What happened to Charlie?
29 March 2003 | by pmceneaSee all my reviews

In my opinion, this has to be one of the worst Sidney Toler's Charlie Chan's. I say this for two reasons. This first is Charlie seemed to be a minor character in this movie. Somehow, the movie was taken over by Harold Huber's loud and chaotic character, Marcel. Somehow, someone, I suppose the director, Herbert I. Leeds, let him run wild spouting a lot of nonsense in a loud voice. Maybe the first "I see it all now!" was funny, but it was definitely overplayed. This movie could have been so much better if they had just allowed Paris to co-star with Charlie.


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