A pretty Chinese woman, seeking help from San Francisco detective James Lee Wong, is killed by a poisoned dart in his front hall, having time only to scrawl "Captain J" on a sheet of paper.... See full summary »
A young and handsome archaeologist discovers the crown of the Queen of Sheba, and returns with it to a San Francisco museum where it is put on display. Its safety is in doubt as many criminals want the crown -- an international pair of criminals, a San Francisco gangster and his cohorts, and a super criminal known as Metaxa. Mr. Moto is forced to postpone his vacation while he deals with the threat. Written by
...but jest barely. It's nothing great, the final Heave of a series getting the heave Ho by the studio, cast, writers, etc. Nonsense about Cleopatra, Jewels in London and the like. You can watch this and enjoy it-but don't be fooled-this wasn't going anywheres.
Peter Lorre while making the best of the situation and the role, knew that he was fast becoming typecast as the little Japanese, inscrutable Karate-chopping detective, and therefore made a point of getting away from it.
Plus you knew w/ the War coming on, he wasn't gonna stick to it.
** outta ****
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