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

Quotes

Josephine Temple: [on phone] Hello.
Ellery Queen: [in bath] Hello, I was just getting ready to drown myself.
Josephine Temple: Then I'll hang up so you can get on with it.
Ellery Queen: On seconf thought, I can't. I'm my father' only son.
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Referenced in Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941) See more »

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slightly irritating lead actor, but not all bad
25 January 2009 | by 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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