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Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat (1944)

 -  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 ...
Dr. Paul Recknik
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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Storyline

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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20 May 1944 (USA)  »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Follows Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937) See more »

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For hiding stolen things
3 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The second of Charlie Chan's Monogram Pictures finds Sidney Toler and number two son Benson Fong involved in a six month old homicide of a wealthy businessman and chess expert. As he dies the victim leaves the telltale clue of a lone bishop standing on the chessboard.

What brings Charlie into the case is Joan Woodbury on behalf of her mother Betty Blythe who was married to the deceased. A new book written by Ian Keith is casting aspersions on Woodbury and Blythe and as the case remained unsolved for six months there's lots of room for speculation.

Of course Keith has the facts all wrong and the case centers around a statue of a cat done by a noted artist who Charlie knows to put secret compartments in his product. That makes them useful for hiding things, stolen things.

This also makes the second appearance of Mantan Moreland who was introduced in the first Monogram Chan feature, Charlie Chan In The Secret Service. No wonder Charlie Chan had to hire Birmingham as a chauffeur, Birmingham's cab gets blown up when the crooks think Charlie is getting too close.

Fans of the series should appreciate it though when the series left 20th Century Fox and was picked up by Monogram, as Bob Hope would have said it was like exchanging filet mignon for hog's livers.


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