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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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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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Em Que Dia Você Nasceu?  »

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Himself - Manley P. Hall - Opening Narrator: Now the twelfth sign of the Zodiac, Pisces, governs from 20th February to 20th March. Those who are born under it do most of their thinking sitting down because their feet hurt. But in the end, much of the world's greatest progress is accomplished by Piscean people who are mystic, creative and idealistic in their natures.
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[prologue] "Because astrology plays such an important part in this story, Manley P. Hall will precede the picture with a brief discourse on this interesting subject". See more »


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Please Be Kind
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Music by Saul Chaplin
Played when Ming tells Nita about herself in the ship's lounge
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Astrology may be bunk, but this film is fun.
15 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

This B-movie murder mystery is unquestionably different than most films of it's time. The clap-trap about using astrology as a crime fighting tool is an odd gimmick, but what the heck?

This sort of programmer benefits from the unusual astrology "window-dressing", and though it is supposedly solved by using astrology, this pat little mystery can be figured out by the characters simply using their heads, anyway!

The cast is entirely competent, and the pace is swift. The pre-war San Francisco Chinatown background, the hidden passage-ways in the Chinatown home, and Miss Wong's monkey, all add to the enjoyment of this film.

As a devoted fan of B-movie murder yarns of this period, I may be somewhat prejudiced, but I loved watching this film, and highly recommend it to fellow fans of the genre.

--D.--


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