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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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Complete credited cast:
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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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A fight for an empire behind the curtained mysteries of San Francisco's 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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Mr. Wong: A few hours with the rats will loosen his tongue to tell the truth!
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Music by Armand Bernard
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Interesting old-time crime pulp
13 March 2005 | by (northern Indiana) – See all my reviews

Modern viewers must be forgiven if they're confused over the genre of this Bela Lugosi film. It's crime pulp, something hardly seen today except in Quentin Tarantino films. The focus is on the villain, in this case Lugosi as a Chinese(!) gangster tracking down the twelve coins of Confucius. The only mystery is how he will be stopped and whether or not he will escape to cause trouble another day.

Wallace Ford is fun as the wry reporter (reminding me a bit of Chevy Chase). And Arline Judge is as cute as a button as the switchboard operator he's trying to romance. It all takes place in Chinatown, for some reason, with plenty of casual bigotry, altho its sometimes turned around on the bigot for comic comeuppance (as when Ford talks pidgin to a Chinese girl only to be answered in fluent English).

If you like the era, this is a fun film and a good example of the genre. It's got the menacing thugs, mysterious murders, and secret passageways you expect and a bit of sassy dialog to boot.


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