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Guest Post: Movie Review of ‘The Chinese Cat’


I love old movies and I also love Netflix streaming. Thankfully, I can have the best of both worlds as Netflix continues to offer up more and more classic films for me to stream to my laptop or game console. One of my favorite classic comedy/mystery series is called Charlie Chan.

The main character in the Charlie Chan movie series is an Asian-American detective from Hawaii played by Sidney Toler. He is like Sherlock Holmes and can solve even the most difficult cases. In the film, ‘The Chinese Cat’, he teams up with his ‘number three son’ ‘Tommy’ (Benson Fong) and the African-American taxi driver ‘Birmingham Brown’ (Mantan Moreland) to solve a six month old murder case and two other mysterious deaths.

As the three travel through a funhouse they uncover the sinister plot behind the murders and solve a jewellery heist along the way. Full of humor and action, this flick and the others in the series are well worth watching.

My favorite parts of this one are the put downs that Charlie says to his son and helper. He is always so quick witted and can come up with the perfect thing to say when his son does something stupid. That along with Charlie’s fortune cookie saying, make the character really stand out.

Birmingham Brown is another favorite of mine. He is terrified of everything and yet he still goes right in and looks for clues. His blend of humor and fear makes me laugh every time he comes up against the bad guys.

When Tommy and Birmingham team up, they bring the house down with their comic timing. They always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. From losing dead bodies to breaking into empty warehouses to getting caught by the bad guys just as Charlie is about to close a trap on them, Birmingham and Tommy make you laugh even as you wince at their foolhardiness.

All in all, its entertainment guaranteed!

Here are some other Charlie Chan films available on Netflix streaming:

• Charlie Chan in the Secret Service
• Meeting at Midnight
• The Jade Mask
• The Scarlet Clue
• The Shanghai Cobra

Author Byline:
Blogging was a natural progression for Allison once she graduated from college as it allowed her to combine her two passions: writing and children. She has enjoyed furthering her writing career with She can also be reached at


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