I just watched The Chinese Cat, and I must say it was so well made. Much better than many of the other Monogram films. The screen atmosphere was amazing, pure film noir. I had not seen it for 5 years or more. It comes close to the Fox films in quality. The camera work was amazing. Any thoughts out there about it?
There are some great mystery movie tropes in this one, too: foggy settings, a den with secret passage, statues with hidden drawers. It's also one of the few films where Charlie takes a beating, not to mention Son No. 3, Tommy (as dad watches on.) A great Chan film for sure.
I agree, Robert! “The Chinese Cat” is also one of my favorites of the Monogram Charlie Chan series. Amazing to me is, with this being just the second Chan film from that studio, they had already hit in full stride their take on the character. We also see Mantan Moreland In top form as Birmingham Brown, and Number Three Son Tommy (Benson Fong) is utilized to the fullest!
As you noted, this film has a lot of noir elements going for it. In that regard, I suggest a look at “The Shanghai Cobra,” which is my personal favorite of all the Monogram Charlie Chan pictures.
I agree with you. The Chinese cat also would be a good double feature with the Wax Museum which also was one of the lowest budget Fox film. They both have similar carnival themes. Although Mantan steals the show in the Monogram film.