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Director:
Writers:
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 »
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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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Ancient Chinese Secret See more (31 total) »

Cast

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

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Goofs:
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mammoth (2006) (TV)See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Ancient Chinese Secret, 13 June 2001

Mr. Wong comes to the aid of a man who says his life is in danger. He was right, as he dies the morning Mr. Wong was to visit him. Boris Karloff makes his first appearance as the Collier's Magazine Oriental detective(in the same vein of Charlie Chan or Mr. Moto). Karloff is quite good in the role, and brings to it a good deal of class. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast does not play on his level, but everyone is adequate. Grant Withers as a hard-headed policeman easily gives the worst performance. The mystery in the film is(at least for me) somewhat easy to figure out, but the fun comes from Karloff's performance as the cunning Chinaman. Oriental prejudices abound, but this was the 30's. All in all, I found the film to be quite entertaining, although not on the same level of a good Chan or Moto film.

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