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The Mandarin Mystery (1936)

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Legendary detective Ellery Queen sets out to solve a mystery involving an extremely valuable stamp.

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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 ...
Detective
Bert Roach
Richard Beach ...
Reporter
Monte Vandergrift ...
Detective (as Monte Vandegrift)
Grace Durkin ...
Girl on Street Corner
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Legendary detective Ellery Queen sets out to solve a mystery involving an extremely valuable stamp.

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detective | stamp | reporter

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23 December 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Chinese Orange Mystery  »

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Give me the 'real' Ellery!
17 March 2008 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

If one can simply forget the literary Ellery Queen, this is an OK murder mystery (locked room murder, etc. etc. ). the problem, for Ellery Queen fans is that the whole thing, on that basis, is WAY off the mark. Queen is an analytical detective, and his father and the Police are not dolts. The books are written with more twists and turns and excellence that most others on the mystery shelf (with the possible exceptions of S.S. Van Dyne (Philo Vance) and, of course, Agatha Christie.)Dropping the comparison, one must note the ridiculousness of some of the plot e.g. the whole world knows the value of the stamp - it even appears on the Times Square news bulletin - yet the girl carries the stamp in an envelope in her open pocketbook. Despite all of this, Quillan is a fun actor, definitely not Ellery but giving the film the spunk it desperately needs. Charlotte Henry does not have a 'clue' and thus cannot handle the idiocy of what her character says and does. Still, on a chilly night, with the rain on the window, and curled up on a comfortable chair, this passes the time quickly.


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