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Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 5 October 1938 (USA)
When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal... See full summary »

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Olga aka Countess Dubois
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Anton Mohl
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Carl Roemer
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Theodore Meisle
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Christian Wilk
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Simon Dayton
Wilbur Mack ...
Russell
Lee Tung Foo ...
Tchin (as Lee Tong Foo)
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Tommy
Grace Wood ...
Mrs. Roemer
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Storyline

When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal the formula for a poison gas being developed by the first victim's company. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The most ingenious crime even conceived...but the killer hadn't counted on the crafty Mr. Wongs as his adversary! (original poster) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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5 October 1938 (USA)  »

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Detektiven Mr Wong  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Remade as a Charlie Chan film, "Docks of New Orleans." See more »

Goofs

Shortly before Mr Wilk is killed, he is in his study awaiting the arrival of the police. He goes to the window and looks out. There is not a sphere on the table by the window.

When the police arrive and find Wilk on the floor dead, Mr. Wong goes to the table by the window and finds the residue of the gas filled sphere in what would have been plain sight. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anton Mohl, aka Baron Von Krantz: You're going to get killed doing that, one of these days, Lescardi!
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Referenced in Mammoth (2006) See more »

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Ancient Chinese Secret

Mr. Wong comes to the aid of a man who says his life is in danger. He was right, as he dies the morning Mr. Wong was to visit him. Boris Karloff makes his first appearance as the Collier's Magazine Oriental detective(in the same vein of Charlie Chan or Mr. Moto). Karloff is quite good in the role, and brings to it a good deal of class. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast does not play on his level, but everyone is adequate. Grant Withers as a hard-headed policeman easily gives the worst performance. The mystery in the film is(at least for me) somewhat easy to figure out, but the fun comes from Karloff's performance as the cunning Chinaman. Oriental prejudices abound, but this was the 30's. All in all, I found the film to be quite entertaining, although not on the same level of a good Chan or Moto film.


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