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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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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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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Among the Best of the Monogram Chan Films–But That’s Not Saying Much
Loosely based on novels by Earl Derr Biggers, 20th Century Fox’s Charlie Chan series proved an audience favorite–but when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor the studio feared audiences would turn against its Asian hero. This was a miscalculation: actor Sidney Toler took the role to “poverty row” Monogram Studios, where he continued to portray the character in eleven more popular films made between 1944 and his death in 1947.

20th Century Fox had regarded the Chan films as inexpensive “B” movies, but even so the studio took considerable care with them: the plots were often silly, but the pace was sharp, the dialogue witty, and the casts (which featured the likes of Bela Lugosi and Ray Milland) always expert. The result was a kindly charm which has stood the test of time. Monogram was a different matter: Chan films were “B” movies plain and simple. Little care was taken with scripts or cast and resulting films were flat, mediocre at best, virtually unwatchable at worst.

Released in 1944, THE Chinese CAT finds Chan beset by son Tommy, who has promised the step-daughter of a murdered man assistance; they are joined in the investigation by cab driver Birmigham, who is not overeager to be reunited with the Chans given that murder tends to follow in their wake. Indeed, there will be three murders, stolen jewels, and a carnival fun house before the killers are captured. Like all the Monogram Chan films, the plot is trivial and the script even more so; unlike the worst of the Monogram Chan films, however, it does have the occasional touch of atmosphere and moves at a respectable pace.

Sidney Toler gives a nice reprise of Charlie Chan in this film, but as usual in the Monogram Chan films Mantan Moreland (Birmingham) is the real scene stealer. Changing times have led us to look upon Moreland’s brand of comedy as demeaning to African-Americans, but he was an expert actor and comic, and taken within the context of what was possible for a black actor in the 1940s his work has tremendous charm and innocence.

Fans of the 20th Century Fox series are likely to find Monogram’s Chan a significant disappointment and newcomers who like the Monogram films will probably consider them third-rate after encountering the Fox films. Like other Monogram Chan films, MEETING AT MIDNIGHT is best left to determined collectors. Three stars, and that’s being generous.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer

Review By: gftbiloxi Rating: 5 Date: 2007-06-10
“Every time I meet a Chan, I meet trouble.”
This second Charlie Chan offering from the Monogram Studios is an improvement over “Charlie Chan in the Secret Service”. Back again are Sidney Toler in the Chan role, Benson Fong as #3 Son Tommy, and Mantan Moreland as Yellow Cab driver Birmingham Brown. Monogram remained true to the 20th Century Fox sense of continuity from film to film, as Birmingham refers to the last time he met the Chans in the previous movie.

What starts out as an unsolved murder case eventually winds up with two additional corpses. A few elements we haven’t seen in prior Chan films occur – Charlie takes one on the chin from one of the baddies, and later gets physical himself, knocking out one of the villains with the butt of a gun. Additionally, Charlie places a bet on the outcome of the case, liking the odds of 10 to 1 given him by the doctor/author who claims to have solved the mystery himself in a book published following the original murder. The ending is rather lame, as son Tommy subdues two bad guys with nothing more than a fire extinguisher; I sure wouldn’t want those two in my corner, good or bad!

The title of the film comes from a large statue of a black cat, which conceals a secret compartment with a stolen diamond. All in all, The Chinese Cat is a worthy addition to the Chan series, made more entertaining by the amiable presence of Mantan Moreland.

Review By: classicsoncall Rating: 6 Date: 2004-09-12

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 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
Original title Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat
TMDb Rating 6.6 10 votes

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