Meeting at Midnight

Meeting at Midnight

DVD - 2004
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Charlie Chan investigates a group of spiritualists, illusionists and hypnotists in this puzzling case where a string of apparent suicides - and 1 murder - occurs during a terrifying seance.


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Sep 26, 2014

Movie quote - "You ain't no spook!"

In Meeting At Midnight I don't know whose performance I found worse - The overweight, white guy (actor, Sidney Toler) impersonating a Chinese detective, unconvincingly (or) The pop-eyed, black guy (actor, Mantan Moreland) doing a caricature of a stereotypical black guy, badly.

But, regardless of who was the worst in their role, since these 2 actors were playing the most prominent characters in the story, the annoyance of their presence quickly lost this 1944 Whodunit/Comedy some major points, in the long run.

I know that this is hard to believe - But even though this Murder/Mystery only ran for 65 minutes, its story actually dragged something awful in a number of crucial scenes. In fact, I'd say that this picture was pretty boring entertainment, all around.

I guess that back in the 1940s these sorts of detective stories featuring super-sleuths making brilliant observations & deductions (at the crime scene, and beyond) were all the rage and thrilled the audience to pieces.

But, today, 70 years later, a movie like Meeting At Midnight only comes across as being pretty dumb and very tired entertainment that's clearly meant for a much younger audience than myself.

*Note* - Actor Sidney Toler (who played the Charlie Chan character) was 69 years old in this picture. He died 3 years later, in 1947.


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