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Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat 1944 123movies

Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat 1944 123movies

MUST CONFESS. HONORABLE SON...This Is My Most Baffling Case!May. 20, 194466 Min.
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Watch: Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat 1944 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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.”.
Plot: To solve the murder of a man shot in a locked room, Chan must wade through a Fun House, the writings of an unscrupulous author, and chess pieces.
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a Monogram B film, need I say more?
Sidney Toler is Charlie Chan in “Charlie Chan in the Chinese Cat,” a 1944 film, part of the Monogram Chinese Chan series. These films were made for twenty cents and probably took a day to film. Nevertheless, they can be fun.

Charlie here is trying to solve a locked-door murder that the police gave up on; however, a book has been published all but accusing the victim’s wife of killing him, and his stepdaughter (Leah Manning) begs Charlie to investigate before he moves on to his next case.

With the help (sort of) of taxi driver Birmingham Brown (Mantan Moreland) and Charlie’s son #3 (Benson Fong), he sets out to find what really happened.

The Monogram Chan series is not as fun or as good as the Fox series, but when Fox dropped Charlie Chan, Sidney Toler took him to Monogram. Toler had gotten the rights from Earl Derr Biggers’ widow. After Toler died, the role went to Roland Winters.

Some of the dialogue here is quite fun as Charlie berates his son’s presence and ability, though #3 son ends up acquitting himself quite well. Mantan Moreland is good as Birmingham, in fact, he was one of the best things about the series, but he doesn’t have much to do here. His usual character was that of the Chan chauffeur. Now he’s a taxi driver who worked with Chan previously and comes back into the fold.

Just to show how quickly these were filmed, in one scene, Charlie breaks a numbered light series which shows what maze in a fun house is being used. One of the light bulbs remains intact, but they didn’t re-film it.

Anyway, the mystery here is pretty good, and the fun house maze is entertaining. Recommended for Charlie Chan fans.

Review By: blanche-2
Six Guilty Parties, Two Killed
Review – Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat, released 5-20-44 Monogram Pictures Corporation The story begins with a murder we witness as the perpetrator slips through police. The title references a statue atop the desk of the murdered man, with a secret compartment containing a stolen diamond. The murdered man had taken the gem from his partner and was killed as a result of double-crossing the partner. Subsequent killings occur because the victims were going to reveal the guilty party names to authorities. There are multiple guilty members involved in the theft of certain gems, hidden in other artifacts famous for having compartments cleverly made by a friend of Charlie Chan. The famous detective is able to round up all the guilty parties with the help from able bodied assistants Tommy Chan and Birmingham Brown. Greed plays an important factor in the murders and the capture of the guilty. Watch how Charlie moves through the sea of bad characters with help from those he is closest.

A damsel is distress comes to Charlie requesting help in exonerating her widowed mother from the clutches of a crooked step-father and his business partner. A self-appointed criminologist author has accused the widow of a crime without proof, baffling police in the process, and involving a certain Detective whose father Chan had known in another time and city. That certain detective comes to Charlie’s rescue at the end of the story to learn how it is done by the best of crime fighters. A large home with a secret panel entrance and a fun house arcade are the two center stages shown in the film, with some hotel action as well. There are six guilty members, two that are killed, involved in the whole plot. See how it all unfolds culminating to be at the fun house with a thorough explanation provided by the master.

Review By: biorngm

Other Information:

Original Title Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat
Release Date 1944-05-20
Release Year 1944

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 6 min (66 min) (USA)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Passed
Genre Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Director Phil Rosen
Writer George Callahan, Earl Derr Biggers
Actors Sidney Toler, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland
Country United States
Awards N/A
Production Company N/A
Website N/A


Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length 1,785 m (6 reels) (UK)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat 1944 123movies
Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat 1944 123movies
Original title Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat
TMDb Rating 6.5 12 votes

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