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Charlie Chan in Meeting at Midnight
Charlie Chan in Meeting at Midnight
Actors: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Frances Chan, Joseph Crehan, Helen Beverly
Director: Phil Rosen
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2004     1hr 7min

Released in 1944 as Black Magic, this unusually absorbing (Los Angeles Times) mystery was celebrated on the revival circuit, making it one of the best-known films of the series! Filled with fun spiritualist gags, like le...  more »


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Actors: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Frances Chan, Joseph Crehan, Helen Beverly
Director: Phil Rosen
Creators: Arthur Martinelli, John F. Link Sr., James S. Burkett, Philip N. Krasne, Earl Derr Biggers, George Callahan
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Classics, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/06/2004
Original Release Date: 08/19/1944
Theatrical Release Date: 08/19/1944
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 7min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen!!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't care what anyone else says, this was one of the best movies I have ever seen. I don't really think it's relevent who the best actor or actress would have been, because this movie was made over fifty years ago. I don't see why more movies like this aren't produced, because you don't need adult content to sell a mystery!!"
Excellent Basic Chan
Edward F. Lapinskas | Dade City, Florida United States | 12/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you like the older genre mystery movies and are a "Chan Fan"
this is a must see. The off-spring are a little bit too cutsey
but that adds a little character to the film. Birmingham Brown is
a necessary element in the Chan series by injecting some humor.
As a parent who raised his kids on the 1930's & 1940's B / W mysteries this one is top family entertainment."
happy2teach | down south | 06/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remember the first time that I ever saw this movie. I was approximately 6 years old, and after watching it I couldn't get it out of my head. I'm in my mid-twenties now and I still can't. For this to be such an old movie, it has everything that makes todays movies great. There are ghosts, murder, intrigue, conspiracies, and more. I absolutely love the seance scene: it's the best scene in the whole movie. For anyone who loves the Charlie Chan movies, YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS ONE! It's funny and spooky at the same time. The lady who plays Chan's daughter is also great in this movie. I could go on and on about this movie all day! Trust me, if you buy this movie you will not be disappointed."
Frances Chan was my mom.
Michael Eng | 09/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My mother Frances Chan, a.k.a. Frances C. Eng is now passed away. She and my father owned the Sunset Pacific Motel for 40 years which is only a mile away from the studios where she filmed "Meeting at Midnight" back in 1943 at age 18. She was 79 years old when she fell down the stairs and passed away in 2004.

She never saw the moving "Meeting at Midnight" until age 70 when I saw it on TV and called her on the phone. Until then it was on some shelf at some studio archives. Her pay at the time was only $800.00.

Frances Chan's career ended when she married my father Edward J. Eng in 1944. They lived about a mile from the Monogram Studios where "Meeting at Midnight" was filmed. It is now KCET studios. They have 5 children, 4 daughters and 1 son, myself. The have 9 grandchildren. My parents owned a lot of real estate around Los Angeles. So even though her career as an actress did not endure her career as the landlady collecting rent lasted for 60 years.

Frances Chan's movie career included "The Good Earth 1937", "Samurai 1945" and "God is My Copilot." Her parents Anthony (Suey) Chan and Mary Chan also acted and had numerous bit parts as Chinese actors during the 1930s and 1940s. They were close friends with Keye Luke, Peanuts, and Anna Mae Wong, who were the major Chinese actors during this time period.

Frances Chan got her start by being Miss Chinatown in 1939, and a search of the Los Angeles Times from that period will bring up several articles on her."