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When Were You Born (1938)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance | 18 June 1938 (USA)
Mei Lee Ling, an astrology expert, tells one of her fellow passengers on a ship, that he will die within two days and the next day he is dead. The police suspects that Mei does know ... See full summary »

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(as William McGann)

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(screenplay) (as Anthony Coldewey), (original story) (as Manley Hall)
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Doris Kane (Leo)
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Mei Lei Ming (Aquarius)
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Nita Kenton (Cancer)
Anthony Averill ...
Larry Camp (Aries)
Charles C. Wilson ...
Inspector Jim C. Gregg (Taurus) (as Charles Wilson)
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Reporter Davis (Gemini)
Eric Stanley ...
Shields, Corey's Valet (Virgo)
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Phillip 'Phil' Corey (Libra)
Leonard Mudie ...
Frederick 'Fred' Gow (Scorpio)
Olin Howland ...
Peter Finlay (Sagittarius)
Maurice Cass ...
Dr. Merton (Capricorn)
Frank Jaquet ...
Sergeant Kelly (Pisces)
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Assistant District Attorney (as Jack Moore)
Manley P. Hall ...
Himself - Manley P. Hall - Opening Narrator
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Mei Lee Ling, an astrology expert, tells one of her fellow passengers on a ship, that he will die within two days and the next day he is dead. The police suspects that Mei does know something, but she doesn't. But to clear herself she offers her help to solve the murder. Soon she and the police find themselves in a web of crime and false identities. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Mystery | Romance

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18 June 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Em Que Dia Você Nasceu?  »

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Too Marvelous for Words
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played when Miss Ming tells Cory about himself in the ship's lounge
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Entertainingly exotic B-mystery with an astrological twist!
5 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This supremely entertaining B-mystery from Warner Bros features a wonderful lead performance by Anna May Wong as an astrologer in San Francisco's Chinatown who helps the police solve a murder by using her uncanny star-gazing talents. Anyone even remotely interested in astrology will find the story-line quite pleasing (and pretty accurate, given the participation of Manly Hall, a noted astrologer of the day). Even those without much interest in astrology (except those who are stubbornly judgmental and predisposed to be negative about these things) should find this fast-paced, amusing mystery a cut well above the average. The adroitly talented supporting cast--including Margaret Lindsay, Lola Lane, Jeffrey Lynn, James Stephenson and Olin Howland--give the film an additional sheen. Highly recommended; definitely check it out whenever it turns up on Turner Classic Movies.


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