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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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Christian Wilk
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Simon Dayton
Wilbur Mack ...
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Lee Tung Foo ...
Tchin (as Lee Tong Foo)
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Tommy
Grace Wood ...
Mrs. Roemer
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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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Thousands asked to see Collier's Magazine famous detective on the screen... here he is! See more »


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5 October 1938 (USA)  »

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Detektiven Mr Wong  »

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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City took place Friday 11 August 1950 on the Night Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

Mr. Wong's servant waits on him on what we are told is his day off. 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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Remade as Docks of New Orleans (1948) See more »

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This movie is a campy hoot!
13 December 2002 | by (Tacoma, Washington) – See all my reviews

I have the Mr. Wong series on DVD and find it quite enjoyable. You must immerse yourself in the ambience of sitting in a darkened movie theater circa 1939 watching a double bill of "B" movies to enjoy. By modern detective story standards it is creaky, but you don't watch it for the plot. I agree the sheer political incorrectness of the very British Boris Karloff playing a Chinese detective takes some getting used to, but he lends the role an air of dignity that a less talented actor would not be capable of expressing. Grant Withers is most famous for eloping with a seventeen year old Loretta Young before her rise to stardom. The later films in the series feature a cheeky Marjorie Reynolds and gives her ample room to display her comedic talents. All in all, suspend your modern frame of reference and enjoy!


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