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The Mandarin Mystery (1936)

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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
...
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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Comedy | Mystery

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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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1.37 : 1
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slightly irritating lead actor, but not all bad
25 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This adaptation of an Ellery Queen mystery concerns the theft of a rare Chinese stamp (the Mandarin of the title), which takes place in a hotel with several shifty characters and an hysterical manager (the priceless Franklin Pangborn). The mystery, such as it is, concerns both the stamp theft and two murders, and shows Ellery and his father the Inspector as a team rubbing together just enough to solve the case.

As Ellery Queen, Eddie Quillan is all wrong - he was more at home in light comedy and musicals, and this is the way he plays the character. As the heroine/chief suspect, Charlotte Henry (only remembered nowadays as 'Alice in Wonderland') isn't too bad, while others who have some impact in the cast include Rita Le Roy and Kay Hughes as sisters, and Wade Boteler as Queen senior.


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