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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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Complete credited cast:
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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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Budget:

$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 »

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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 Greatest Case (1933) See more »

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Hey, Charlie, Lighten Up On The Kid
31 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These Sidney Toler "Monogram" Chan films, the last in the series, don't measure up to Warner Oland's earlier efforts but they are still very entertaining to me. Even with Mantan Moreland, who probably offends the sensibilities of a lot of people with his scared black-man routine. I can see where that's offensive, but if you just take him as a comedian and let it go, you can enjoy and even laugh with him.

The only thing I did NOT find funny in here, but I normally do, is Charlie's insults to his kid. In this film, Tolder insults "Number Three Son" (Benson Fong) so many times that it borders on downright mean-spiritedness.

Anyway, it was still a "decent" combination of mystery and comedy and the ending was cool, with Chan and his assistants chasing the bad guys around a "fun house." All the Charlie Chan movies are entertaining.


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