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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)
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Larry Camp (Aries)
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Inspector Jim C. Gregg (Taurus) (as Charles Wilson)
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Reporter Davis (Gemini)
Eric Stanley ...
Shields, Corey's Valet (Virgo)
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Phillip 'Phil' Corey (Libra)
Leonard Mudie ...
Frederick 'Fred' Gow (Scorpio)
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Peter Finlay (Sagittarius)
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Dr. Merton (Capricorn)
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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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Em Que Dia Você Nasceu?  »

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Remake
15 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Were You Born (1938) is an non-credited remake of From Headquarters (1933).

The plot is the same. The differences are WWYB introduces an astrologer to aid the police, while FH is a straight police procedural.

While both are interesting "B" pictures, FH is, in my opinion, the better of the two. It has more stylish photography, moves along a bit faster, and has a somewhat better cast (though Margaret Lindsay appears in both films as a lead).

Watch closely in this version, however, and you will see TV's The Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) without his mask. (by Dr. Charles G. Waugh)


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