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Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat (1944)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  20 May 1944 (USA)
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Charlie Chan investigates the locked-room murder of a chess expert.

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Mantan Moreland ...
Benson Fong ...
Ian Keith ...
Sam Flint ...
Thomas P. Manning
Cy Kendall ...
Webster Deacon
Weldon Heyburn ...
Det. Harvey Dennis
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Catlen (as Anthony Ward)
John Davidson ...
Carl Karzdas / Kurt Karzdas
Dewey Robinson ...
Salos
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Gannet (as Stan Jolley)
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Mrs. Manning
Jack Norton ...
Hotel Desk Clerk
Luke Chan ...
Wu Song
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Thomas P. Manning, businessman and chess expert mysteriously shot in a locked room, dies clutching some chess pieces. Police are baffled, and finally abandon the case. Six months later, victim's daughter Leah Manning, stung by a scurrilous book about the case, enlists the aid of Charlie Chan and Number 3 Son. Additional murders follow, leading to a climactic confrontation in a seemingly deserted "Fun House." Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"MUST CONFESS. HONORABLE SON...This Is My Most Baffling Case!"


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Murder in the Fun House  »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The thirty-second of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

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The character played by Cy Kendall is identified as Webster Deacon in dialogue, but George Deacon in a newspaper insert. See more »

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Charlie Chan: You are like turtle. After everything all over, you stick head out and find truth right under your very nose.
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Another OK 40's B-movie Chan Monogram release. **1/2 out of *****
14 February 2010 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

It's no great shakes, but this, the second Charlie Chan movie released by B-movie studio Monogram Pictures is an enjoyable enough time-passer

The time around Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) investigates the seemingly unsolvable murder of Businessman Thomas P.Manning (Sam Flint) who was shot dead in a room locked from the inside - which has baffled Police. His Stepdaughter Leah (Joan Woodbury) asks Chan's son Tommy, Son no.3 for help which leaves Charlie with little choice but try to solve the Murder.

The Chinese Cat of the title refers to a statue which has a secret compartment that all the bad guys are after.

Mantan Moreland is back as Birmingham Brown, this time as a Taxi Driver and Chan's Chauffeur, again he's here for comic relief - but again as the stereotypical African American from that era - which many may find distasteful over 65 years later.

The budget again is low which being from a Poverty row studio you have to expect that, The Acting is just about passable, The dialogue is somewhat better than the the last outing (Charlie Chan in the secret service) but still pretty bad and The Mystery (which is what you enjoy most about these) is decent.

Come into it with realistic expectations as you should enjoy.

**1/2 out of *****


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