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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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Grant Withers ...
Maxine Jennings ...
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Olga
George Lloyd ...
Devlin
Lucien Prival ...
Mohl
John St. Polis ...
Roemer
William Gould ...
Meisle
Hooper Atchley ...
Wilk
John Hamilton ...
Dayton
Wilbur Mack ...
Russell
Lee Tung Foo ...
Tchin (as Lee Tong Foo)
Lynton Brent ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Detektiven Mr Wong  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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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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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