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Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 20 May 1944 (USA)
Charlie Chan investigates the locked-room murder of a chess expert.


Phil Rosen


George Callahan (original screenplay), Earl Derr Biggers (character)




Complete credited cast:
Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Joan Woodbury ... Leah Manning
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Benson Fong ... Tommy Chan
Ian Keith ... Dr. Paul Recknik
Sam Flint ... Thomas P. Manning
Cy Kendall ... Webster Deacon
Weldon Heyburn ... Det. Harvey Dennis
Anthony Warde ... Catlen (as Anthony Ward)
John Davidson ... Carl Karzdas / Kurt Karzdas
Dewey Robinson ... Salos
I. Stanford Jolley ... Gannet (as Stan Jolley)
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Manning
Jack Norton ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Luke Chan 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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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


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Did You Know?


This is actually the 34th Charlie Chan film. Two were filmed in Spanish, and apparently not often counted in the English run of Charlie Chan films. They are: "Eran Trece or There were Thirteen" (1931) and "La Serpiente Roja or The Red Snake" (1937). The latter was filmed in Cuba. See more »


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


Tommy Chan: I don't get it, Pop!
Charlie Chan: [laconically] Fear you are weak limb to which no family tree may point with pride.
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Follows Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933) See more »

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Good old Chan murder case
20 June 2001 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

Not the best Charlie Chan movie but still entertaining. By now, you know the type of movie this is: a couple of murders, a special atmosphere (in this one, it's a «fun house»), and Charlie Chan to the rescue.

I really liked the taxi cab character, Birmingham Brown, played by Mantan Moreland.

Out of 100, I gave it 69. That's ** on a **** stars rating system.

Seen at home in Welland, June 20th, 2001. Marko Roy.

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Release Date:

20 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder in the Fun House See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$75,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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