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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:
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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
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Catlen
John Davidson ...
Carl Karzoff / Kurt Karzoff
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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chess | murder | locked room | book | victim | See more »

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


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20 May 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

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: You are smart enough to keep eyes open?
Tommy Chan: You bet!
Charlie Chan: Do likewise - keep mouth shut!
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Follows Charlie Chan's Chance (1932) See more »

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Better then the first Monogram Chan
18 March 2002 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

Charlie Chan in the Chinese Cat is better then the first Monogram Chan, Charlie Chan in the Secret Service, and is an acceptable entry in the series. The mystery is very simple and not very surprising but more believable. The plot is fairly interesting and the performances standard. There is one interesting scene where Tommy Chan gets the snot beaten out of him by a group of gangsters while trying to get information out of Charlie. Strangely and originally, Charlie doesn't budge while his kid gets beaten up before this eyes. A rather goofy chase through a fun house highlights the action. Birmingham Brown and Tommy again provide the comic relief. A passable effort.

6.1/10


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