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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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Complete credited cast:
Leah Manning
Mantan Moreland ...
Benson Fong ...
Ian Keith ...
Dr. Paul Recknik
Sam Flint ...
Thomas P. Manning
Cy Kendall ...
George Webster Deacon
Weldon Heyburn ...
Detective Lt. Harvey Dennis
John Davidson ...
Carl Karzoff / Kurt Karzoff
Dewey Robinson ...
Gannet (as Stan Jolley)
Mrs. Manning
Jack Norton ...
Hotel Desk Clerk
Luke Chan ...
Wu Song


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 <>

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






Release Date:

20 May 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Murder in the Fun House  »

Box Office


$75,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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


Charlie Chan: [to Tommy as he looks over Charlie's shoulder] Please remove breath from back of my neck! Go away! Go away!
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Followed by The Sky Dragon (1949) See more »

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Another Great Charlie Chan Movie!
16 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is another movie that is in the series of Charlie Chan films, Charlie Chan In The Chinese Cat. Now speaking as a person who has seen a lot of the Charlie Chan movies, this movie is totally and completely great! I mean that I enjoyed this movie from the very beginning of it to the very end of it! In fact, this is another one of the best Charlie Chan movies, and that is saying quite a lot because I have seen quite a few of the Charlie Chan movies and I really thought that they were great as well! On the whole, this movie is terrific, it exceeds on all of the possible levels, there is not one bad thing that I have to say about this movie, not one bad thing at all, not one! So all in all, this is another extremely great installment in the Charlie Chan series, and not only that, it is also one of the best Charlie Chan movies that stars Sidney Toler! This movie is a mystery movie from the 1940's like no other, in fact, this movie stands on its own ground, a ground that makes it a movie that is totally and completely great!

Like I mentioned in the paragraph above, this is another one of the best Charlie Chan movies to star Sidney Toler! To me, while Warner Oland is better as Charlie Chan than Sidney Toler is, Sideny Toler is still spectacular at playing the character! Well let me just put it this way, both Warner Oland and Sidney Toler are great at playing Charlie Chan, but I just happen to like Warner Oland more than I do Sidney Toler, but I still think that Sidney Toler is just as fabulous as Warner Oland!

If you are a huge fan of Charlie Chan, then you should probably see this movie! I am telling you right now that if you haven't seen this movie yet, you should. Why? Because you are going to be enjoying it from beginning to end, from the very beginning of this movie to the very end of this movie, you are going to be enjoying it! So all in all, this movie is an extremely fabulous time!


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