The Black Camel

Overview

Shelah Fane is a young, beautiful, successful, Hollywood actress. She is thinking of marrying a playboy - but decides to consult a celebrity psychic first. He hints at some dark deed in her past - and the next morning she is found dead. Can Charlie Chan and his loyal sidekick Kashimo untangle the lies and deceit that brought the black camel of death to her door?
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Overview

Shelah Fane is a young, beautiful, successful, Hollywood actress. She is thinking of marrying a playboy - but decides to consult a celebrity psychic first. He hints at some dark deed in her past - and the next morning she is found dead. Can Charlie Chan and his loyal sidekick Kashimo untangle the lies and deceit that brought the black camel of death to her door?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849025119
  • Publisher: Benediction Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Earl Derr Biggers (August 26, 1884 – April 5, 1933) was an American novelist and playwright.
He is remembered primarily for his novels, especially those featuring the fictional Chinese American detective Charlie Chan, from which popular films were made in the United States and China.
The son of Robert J. and Emma E. (Derr) Biggers, Earl Derr Biggers was born in Warren, Ohio, and graduated from Harvard University in 1907. He worked as a journalist for The Plain Dealer before turning to fiction. Many of his plays and novels were made into movies. He was posthumously inducted into the Warren City Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.
His novel Seven Keys to Baldpate led to seven films of the same title and at least two with different titles (House of the Long Shadows, Haunted Honeymoon) but essentially equivalent plots. George M. Cohan adapted the novel as an occasionally revived stage play of the same name. Cohan starred in the 1917 film version (one of his rare screen appearances) and the film version he later wrote (released in 1935) is perhaps the best known of the seven film versions.
The popularity of Charlie Chan extended even to China, where audiences in Shanghai appreciated the Hollywood films. Chinese companies made films starring this fictional character. Derr Biggers publicly acknowledged the real-life detective Chang Apana as the inspiration for the character of Charlie Chan in his letter to the Honolulu Advertiser of June 28, 1932.
Biggers lived in San Marino, California, and died in a Pasadena, California, hospital after suffering a heart attack in Palm Springs, California. He was 48.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2000

    Charlie Chan and the movie Star

    Movie star Sheila Fane arrives in Honolulu to shoot the few remaining sequences of a movie. She rents a house on the beach. When Sheila throws a big party, she is found murdered in the pavilion just before she is scheduled to make her grand entrance. Charlie Chan is assigned to the case. Tarneverro, a fortuneteller and former friend of the deceased, offers to help Charlie solve the murder. Charlie and Tarneverro arrive at the scene before the guests depart. The book was made into a movie by Fox in 1931. Warner Oland portrayed Charlie Chan and Bela Lugosi played Tarneverro. The cast also included Dorothy Revier as Sheila Fane and Robert Young as a youthful press aqent.

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