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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. James Lee Wong

Grant Withers ... Captain Sam Street
Maxine Jennings ... Myra Ross

Evelyn Brent ... 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
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)

George DeNormand ... John (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
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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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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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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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