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Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat (1944)

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

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Charlie Chan: [to a semi-conscious Tommy] How you feeling?
Tommy Chan: My head seems to be spinning.
Charlie Chan: Oh. Then you're all right. Everything back to normal.
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Follows The House Without a Key (1926) See more »

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Big Lunk of a Policeman Solves Nothing
18 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tommy Chan, Number Three Son, promises a young woman that her stepfather's killer will be apprehended by his father. The police have listed it as an unsolved crime and there seems little hope. We, of course, know better. Once again, Mantan Moreland, who is a cab driver in this one, assists out of fear for his safety. There seems to be something going on with Chinese cat statues and diamonds. A police detective, sort of a Neanderthal, who really knows nothing, has been demoted. He fell in love with the young woman in question and was seen as a liability. Actually, it turns out that he is. He knows nothing and contributes nothing to the solution. Charlie also gets into it with a mystery writing who thinks he can outdo the great Asian detective. Maybe a little too much funny stuff and some really stupid criminals. Kind of par for the course.


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