China Cat (1978)

January 14, 2014 by adamsunderground

In this offering in the Johnny Wadd series of films, the incurious private detective is beset upon by four seductresses, nicknamed Charlie’s Devils, from a rival agency whose mission is to strip from him a precious jade figurine, the China Cat, by any means at their disposal.

China Cat’s script starts out slow, stumbles in its middle, and scrambles to an surprisingly good finish. Its dual parody concept forces it into a corner of heavy expository dialogue from the beginning, which few screenwriters could avoid. Torn between telling a seedy private investigator’s tale and parodying a hit TV show of the time, Charlie’s Angels, the film script suffers for its indecision to consistently subordinate one storyline for another. Stated plainly, the protagonist Wadd has nothing to do in this film’s world but screw.

chinacat1CC has an almost equal mix of enjoyable moments to disappointing ones, just more so the former than the later. It’s a story that does not drag or bore, but it will certainly make you scratch your head at times from the script’s unfulfilled, but amusing, promises of the Devils and Wadd characters.

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Total Grade: B
Specialty Grade
Screenplay B
Acting C
Cinematography A
Film Editing B
Visual Effects C
Audio C
Sound Editing C
Audio Effects C
Musical Score B
Production Design A

Click page 2 below for a technical analysis or page 3 for a scene summary of China Cat

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