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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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Thomas P. Manning
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Webster Deacon
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Det. Harvey Dennis
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Catlen (as Anthony Ward)
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Carl Karzdas / Kurt Karzdas
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Salos
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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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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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This film received its earliest documented telecast in New York City Sunday 15 August 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2); on the West Coast Chan Fans got their first chance at it in San Francisco Tuesday 15 November 1949 on KPIX (Channel 5) and in Los Angeles Thursday 21 September 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5). 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

Tommy Chan: You're lucky to have your assistant on hand, Pop.
Charlie Chan: Assistant? That you?
Tommy Chan: Sure!
Charlie Chan: Your assistance about as welcome as water in a leaking ship!
Tommy Chan: But you've always said that two men can find a clue quicker than one.
Charlie Chan: [looking from side to side] Where is other man? Do not see other man!
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Follows Charlie Chan's Courage (1934) See more »

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One of the better Chan films from Monogram
10 October 2003 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

Chan fans and film buffs will enjoy this better-than-average Monogram film. True, with the exception of "Charlie Chan in the Secret Service" none of the Monogram series comes close to the 20th C FOX entries, but the story is serviceable and enjoyable. Mantan Moreland shows his best Vaudevillian stage takes, and of note is Joan Woodbury, the Woodbury soap heiress, in at least her third appearance in the Chan series. The other two I know of are "Charlie Chan at the Opera" where she has no lines and dances on a table top during the opera, and "Charlie Chan on Broadway" where she is Douglas Fowley's love interest and performs what I call "the sashay dance."


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