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The Chinese Cat (1944)

The Chinese Cat





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Charlie Chan's second mystery for Poverty Row company Monogram, The Chinese Cat is one of the inscrutable detective's better efforts. Director Phil Rosen keeps things moving at a reasonably expedient pace -- especially for a Monogram programmer -- and although the denouement is no big surprise, armchair detectives at least have no trouble keeping up with the redoubtable sleuth (Sidney Toler). Leah Manning (Joan Woodbury), of the San Francisco Mannings, enlists Chan's help in solving the murder of her stepfather (Sam Flint), whose slain body was found in his hermetically sealed study. The police have given up and only Charlie's deducing can refute a scurrilous book that blames Mrs. Manning (Betty Blythe), Leah's mother, for the crime. There are, of course, several worthy suspects, including a gang of diamond thieves lead by Catlen (Anthony Warde), the dead man's business partner (Cy Kendall), and even a "ghost" who isn't quite what he appears (John Davidson). A poisonous gas attack and the less than helpful efforts of Number Three Son (Benson Fong) complicate matters briefly, but Chan is, as always, on top of things all of the time and can soon reveal the identity of the guilty party. Comic sidekick Mantan Moreland has fun in a fun house, Fong is a worthy addition to Charlie's less than brainy brood (Number Three Son is, as Chan points out, "weak limb to which no family tree may point with pride"), and silent screen veterans Betty Blythe and Ian Keith do well enough with their limited assignments.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: George Callahan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 6, 2004
MGM/UA Home Entertainment

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Sidney Toler
as Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland
as Birmingham Brown, Ta...
Benson Fong
as Tommy Chan, #3 son
Joan Woodbury
as Leah Manning
Weldon Heyburn
as Harvey Dennis
Ian Keith
as Recknick
Sam Flint
as Tom Manning
Cy Kendall
as Deacon
John Davidson
as Carl/Kurt
Betty Blythe
as Mrs. Manning
George Chandler
as Taxi Dispatcher
Jack Norton
as Hotel Desk Clerk
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Critic Reviews for The Chinese Cat

All Critics (4)

Superior entry in the Monogram Chan series.

December 13, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

...more of the same...

Full Review… | November 14, 2004
Reel Film Reviews

One of the poorer scripted Charlie Chan vehicles.

Full Review… | November 12, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

August 14, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Chinese Cat

Enjoyable and funny old school film from 1944 where Charlie Chan solves two case in one. The Murder of 3 men plus the recovery of a diamond stole a year prior. Mantan Moreland as Birmingham Brown adds all the enjoyment one needs for the night, he was a underrated actor and before his time. A movie for all old school Black and White Buffs 4 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


I watched these religeously as a kid on Saturday mornings and always wanted to be 'number 1 son'. Very silly but I loved them.

Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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