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Mr. Wong, Detective -- When a dying man asks for Mr. Wong's help (played by Boris Karloff), this begins an investigation of his murder and that of two others. Spies and a formula for a poison gas are involved.


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Houston Branch (screen play)
Hugh Wiley (based on: the "James Lee Wong" series in Collier's Magazine written by)
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Release Date:
5 October 1938 (USA) See more »
HIS HOBBY IS MURDER! Mr. Wong's main interest is solving murders - and he's an expert at it! Watch Collier's Magazine's famous Chinese sleuth trick a triple-killer into giving himself away...for the mystery thrill of you life! (original poster) See more »
When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A good B/C movie with excellent sets. See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Boris Karloff ... Mr. Wong
Grant Withers ... Capt. Street
Maxine Jennings ... Myra

Evelyn Brent ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Bruno ... Lescardi - Mohl's Henchman (uncredited)
Ed Cassidy ... Ambulance Doctor (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Chemistry Lab Director (uncredited)
Clancy Cooper ... Warehouse Man (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Coroner (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Mr. Wilk's Butler (uncredited)
Dick Reinhart ... Dock Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
William Nigh 
Writing credits
Houston Branch (screen play)

Hugh Wiley (based on: the "James Lee Wong" series in Collier's Magazine written by)

Produced by
William T. Lackey .... associate producer (as William Lackey)
Original Music by
Edward J. Kay (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harry Neumann (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth (film editor) (as Russell Schoengarth)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Charles J. Bigelow .... production manager (as C.J. Bigelow)
Scott R. Dunlap .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
W.B. Eason .... assistant director
Sound Department
Karl Zint .... recording engineer
Music Department
Abe Meyer .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
E.R. Hickson .... technical director
Crew verified as complete

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69 min | USA:70 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | UK:A | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4690)

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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Mr. Wong's servant waits on him on what we are told is his day off.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
References Hell's Angels (1930)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A good B/C movie with excellent sets., 31 May 2002
Author: NativeTexan from Georgia

As a fan, even connoisseur, of B and C movies, I think this one is very well done. The sets are especially impressive, and the detail -- especially the interiors -- are pretty amazing. Good story, good plot, even though the death weapon is a duplicate of "Charlie Chan in Egypt." Boris is enjoyable as Mr. Moto. The makeup artist is far less talented than the set designer; Boris' hair looks like it is lacquered to his skull. Still, you like him, and that's what counts. Grant Withers is too loud (vocally, that is) but gives an honest performance as a crabby, dim-witted police detective. John St.Polis is a standout as Roemer. Fun to watch and worth the time.

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