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The Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934)

Approved | | Mystery | 22 December 1934 (USA)
Investigating a series of murders in Chinatown, wise-guy reporter Jason Barton is captured by the megalomaniacal Mr. Wong, desperately trying to complete his collection of the twelve gold ... See full summary »

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Mr. Fu Wong aka Li See (as Béla Lugosi)
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Jason H. 'Jay' Barton
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Peg
E. Alyn Warren ...
Tsi Tung (as Fred Warren)
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Moonflower - Wong's Niece
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Officer 'Mac' McGillicuddy (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
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Jen Yu - Wong Henchman (as Edward Peil)
Luke Chan ...
Professor Chan Fu
Lee Shumway ...
Etta Lee ...
Lusan - Moonflower's Attendant
Ernest F. Young ...
Reporter Chuck Roberts
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Investigating a series of murders in Chinatown, wise-guy reporter Jason Barton is captured by the megalomaniacal Mr. Wong, desperately trying to complete his collection of the twelve gold coins of Confucius, with which he will be able to acquire the power to become ruler of a large province in China. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Out of the night creeps a shadow, striking terror into the heart of Chinatown! See more »

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22 December 1934 (USA)  »

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Filmed mid October-November 1934, released January 25 1935 (copyright 1935). See more »

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Officer McGillicuddy: All right, what is it you want?
Barton: The Globe sent me over to do this murder.
Officer McGillicuddy: Too late, it's already been done.
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OK, But Doesn't Really Fulfill Its Promise
16 June 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

It has some good sequences, but overall "The Mysterious Mr. Wong" doesn't really live up to its promise. With Bela Lugosi starring as a shadowy villain, a decent plot idea that involves artifacts from ancient history, and a couple of interesting-looking settings, it had the makings of a good B-feature, at least as long as you are willing to overlook some stereotypes and the like for the sake of entertainment.

Lugosi's character is interesting, as is his hideout, and Lugosi also gets the chance to play two different sides of his character. The script seems to miss a lot of opportunities, though, because the character really never comes to life as well as it could have. Wallace Ford actually gets the best opportunities, as the reporter who, along with Arline Judge, tries to contend with Wong's plots. Ford does pretty well in the role, and he has plenty of energy.

The story likewise holds some possibilities that are never realized. There are some fairly good sequences with the characters inside Wong's secret lair, but at other times the story doesn't always make a lot of sense, and the interesting ideas involved in Wong's quest for the coins are mostly mentioned only in passing. It's all right as light entertainment, but it could have been more.


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