The Chinese Cat

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The Chinese Cat
The Chinese Cat FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Phil Rosen
Produced by Phillip N. Krasne
James S. Burkett
Written by Earl Derr Biggers (characters)
George Callahan (screenplay)
Starring see below
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Edited by John Link
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release date
  • May 20, 1944 (1944-05-20)
Running time
66 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Chinese Cat (also titled Murder in the Funhouse) is a 1944 mystery film starring Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan.


Mr. Manning is murdered in his study while the door is locked from the inside. Police close the case after 6 months. A girl contacts Charlie Chan to have a look before he leaves in 48 hours. Twins are involved in a diamond-smuggling ring after the Kohinoor Diamonds are stolen; one twin is killed and the other living twin masquerades as a ghost tricking Birmingham Brown. Mr. Manning had the largest stone stored in the secret compartment of a Chinese cat statue, and doublecrossed his associates. Movie ends in a carnival funhouse with police arresting the diamond-smuggling ring for three murders. Rival author of Manning Murder Solved book must now pay $20,000 to Chinese War Relief after a lost bet with Charlie Chan about the murderer's identity.


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