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Two murders are committed and a $50,000 Chinese Mandari stamp is stolen, tossed around and eventually recovered as an aggregation of costly-stamp counterfeiters are uncovered through the mastermind investigation by Ellery Queen.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Quillan ...
Charlotte Henry ...
Josephine Temple
Rita La Roy ...
Martha Kirk
Wade Boteler ...
Inspector Queen
Franklin Pangborn ...
Mellish
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Dr. Alexander Kirk
Kay Hughes ...
Irene Kirk
William Newell ...
Detective Guffy
George Walcott ...
Donald Trent
Edwin Stanley ...
Howard Bronson
Edgar Allen ...
Newspaper Reporter
Walter Merrill ...
Craig the Thief (as Anthony Merrill)
Richard Beach ...
Reporter
Monte Vandergrift ...
Detective (as Monte Vandegrift)
Grace Durkin ...
Girl on Street Corner
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Two murders are committed and a $50,000 Chinese Mandari stamp is stolen, tossed around and eventually recovered as an aggregation of costly-stamp counterfeiters are uncovered through the mastermind investigation by Ellery Queen.

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23 December 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Chinese Orange Mystery  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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At least it's not horrible
10 February 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Eddie Quillan was an odd choice to play the lead in this detective film because he was essentially a small smart-allecky little pip-squeak--not the brilliant or studly hero you'd expect to see in this type of film. Because of this, the film certainly IS unusual. The problem is that even with this novel portrayal, the film isn't all that interesting or well-done. At best it's a mediocre time-passer and not the equal of other series detective B-films from the period. For my time, I would much rather watch a Charlie Chan, Saint or Sherlock Holmes film--they seemed to have better production values and writing as well as a leading man that was more likable. Sorry,...I just didn't particularly care for this film.

Oh, and by the way, there is no such thing as the Chinese Mandarin stamp that is worth a fortune--this was made up for the film.


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