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The Mandarin Mystery (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 23 December 1936 (USA)
Two murders are committed and a $50,000 Chinese Mandarin 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 overview, first billed only:
Eddie Quillan ...
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Josephine Temple
Rita La Roy ...
Martha Kirk
Wade Boteler ...
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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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A very rare and priceless Chinese postage stamp is stole as its thief claims two victims in a hotel,, both of whom are murdered in inexplicably locked rooms. Young Ellery romances the stamps beautiful owner, Josephie Temple, while working with his father, Inspector Queen to solve the baffling case and expose the killer. Written by duke1029

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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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The Mandarian Mystery was based on "The Chinese Orange Mystery" by Ellery Queen. See more »

Quotes

Ellery Queen: Oh, Dad, play ball with me, and I'll give you a pennant.
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Referenced in Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941) See more »

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Really entertaining murder mystery.
20 February 2008 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

What are people complaining about! This is a pretty decent movie for what it is. It's a very entertaining movie to watch, thanks to its fine good old fashioned style of humor.

If this movie was made as a serious one it would had been a very bad movie. I mean, there is not really much to the story. There are too many characters (Atleast for an one hour movie.), which makes the story and the whole whodunit element of the movie quite confusing at times. The actual plot also just isn't that interesting and concentrates on the worlds most rare stamp, that appears to have been stolen.

The movie is really being saved by its fun. The movie foremost is like a comedy, rather than really a mystery movie. The actors are all entertaining in their roles and some of them are obviously deliberately over-the-top. It makes "The Mandarin Mystery" a real pleasant and light movie to watch. You know, the sort of movie that is great to watch in between.

Nothing too impressive, just some good old fashioned- and effective, simple entertainment.

7/10

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