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Mr. Wong, Detective -- Mr. Wong investigates the deaths of 3 partners in the poison gas export trade - each death occuring while the person was alone in his quarters.


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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 delightful surprise for film buffs: Boris Karloff is Mr. Wong, Detective 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 | 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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References Hell's Angels (1930)See more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A delightful surprise for film buffs: Boris Karloff is Mr. Wong, Detective, 6 April 2003
Author: marxi from Louisville, Kentucky

This obscure little movie is a delightful surprise for film buffs. The surprise is Boris Karloff in the role of the well mannered oriental detective. Yes, this is the same Boris Karloff who was Frankenstein the monster! He manages the role as if it were a well worn and comfortable pair of houseshoes, and it becomes unimportant, quickly forgotten and insignificant that a nonoriental is Mr. Wong.

A business man gets involved with a deal involving poison gas. When he is inexplicably found dead in his office under suspicious circumstances, Detective Street (Grant Withers) is called in on the case. The sharp tongued detective Street looks for the blatant and obvious clues, while he often misses what is going on beneath the surface in this mysterious case. Mr. Wong, a well known detective who was acquainted with the victim, begins to notice clues that Detective Street overlooks. The body count begins to mount as the partners of the dead business man also begin to die under strange circumstances. Mr. Wong must keep his mind open in this thriller when the obvious suspect first seems guilty, then innocent as other suspects turn up including a sinister Baron and a Countess. Maxine Jennings is great as Detective Streets lady friend, Myra. Snappy dialogue and good actors move the story along at a good clip. There are a couple of scenes that are shot in poor lighting, but they don't hinder this very good entry in the 1930's detective genre of movies.

This will be an entertaining movie for film buffs. I give it an 8/10.

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