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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)
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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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18 June 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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The Play's The Thing
26 January 2017 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Or, at least, the story's the thing, and this is a murder mystery - and the story is pretty good. At 65 minutes it goes by quickly, so the viewer must pay attention or something will be lost. Nowadays, we have DVR's and can rewind if needed - and it's needed. The solution hinges on a specific time frame and several characters give the times of their alibi, and it's hard to keep them straight.

The plot is a good one, but much is made of the fact that Anna May Wong's character is an astrologist, which was very popular around the time this was produced. She has a habit of giving people the pros and cons of their zodiac sign after asking the title question, and it becomes tiresome. Her acting seems stilted, as though reciting from memory and not natural.

In any case, you won't guess the murderer; as I said, the story is a good one. Two things; it is told at breakneck speed, and the time frames of the alibis are crucial to solving the murder. As I said in the beginning, pay attention, especially towards the end.


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