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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.

Director:

Phil Rosen

Writers:

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

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
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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder in the Fun House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Connections

Follows City in Darkness (1939) See more »

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Nicely Plotted Mystery
17 July 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Monogram's Charlie Chan films tended to suffer towards the end by lack of caring. The plots ended up confused and messy aimed more at Birmingham Brown and the Chan son of the film being silly while Charlie said wise things. Here, thankfully, the film is blessed with a decent mystery, different sets than most of the others, and several good supporting performances, in particular by the always wonderful, and sadly not well known John Davidson.

Here we have the death of a chess expert and assorted other goings on that make this one of the better later Chan films. I don't want to say too much since the joy here is in the watching, and this film is certainly worth watching.

7 out of 10


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