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Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  5 October 1938 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Maxine Jennings ...
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Olga aka Countess Dubois
George Lloyd ...
Devlin
Lucien Prival ...
Anton Mohl
John St. Polis ...
Carl Roemer
William Gould ...
Theodore Meisle
Hooper Atchley ...
Christian Wilk
John Hamilton ...
Simon Dayton
Wilbur Mack ...
Russell
Lee Tung Foo ...
Tchin (as Lee Tong Foo)
Lynton Brent ...
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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5 October 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Detektiven Mr Wong  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Remade as Docks of New Orleans (1948) See more »

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Slow, but clever.
10 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Considering its age (almost 65 years old), this movie has held up reasonably well. Granted, it is a bit slow and dull (it runs only 69 minutes but it feels MUCH longer), and Boris Karloff is not convincing, of course, as an Oriental. However, he does capture the Oriental philosophy of his character, and the plotting itself (particularly the killing method) is ingenious, worthy of a fine crime novel. (**1/2)


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