Meeting at Midnight (1944)

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     Meeting at Midnight (1944), also known as Black Magic, was the third Charlie Chan film produced by Monogram Pictures.  Sidney Toler purchased the series from Twentieth-Century Fox, when they decided to cancel the series after Castle in the Desert (1942).  Toler portrays Inspector Charlie Chan for the fourteenth time in this film.      Inspector Chan intends to

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The Thirteenth Guest (1932)

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     The Thirteenth Guest (1932) is the film version of an Armitage Trail story.  Monogram Pictures released the early “B” film starring Ginger Rogers and Lyle Talbot.  Ginger Rogers was only 21 at the time but would go on to great stardom as Fred Astaire’s most regular dance partner.      Lyle Talbot made a living through most of

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“Skippy” Rohan Killed

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     On January 8, 1916, at 12:30 a.m., Harry “Cherries” Dunn killed another Egan’s Rat, John “Skippy” Rohan in Rat’s headquarters.  Tom Egan’s saloon at 1031 North Broadway near the intersection of North Broadway and Cass Avenue served as Rat’s headquarters during the 1910s and early 1920s.      John “Skippy” Rohan was born William J. Ruane in St. Louis, Missouri

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