6.0/10
545
15 user 5 critic

Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)

Approved | | Mystery | 1 August 1939 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (characters: series in Collier's Magazine)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Detective tries to solve the murder of antiques collector who was in possession of a famous jewel known as "The Eye of the Daugther of The Moon."

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Dorothy Tree
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When Captain Street's best friend Dan Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong. Mr. Wong uncovers a smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers
Doomed to Die (1940)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Mr. Wong and a girl reporter investigate a shipping magnate's murder.

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Detective James Lee Wong is on the scene as archaeologist Dr. John Benton, recently returned from an expedition in China where a valuable ancient scroll was recovered, is murdered while giving a lecture on the expedition.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Keye Luke, Lotus Long, Grant Withers
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Lamont Cranston (Rod La Rocque), amateur criminologist and detective, with a daily radio program, sponsored by the Daily Classic newspaper, has developed a friendly feud that sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Rod La Rocque, Astrid Allwyn, Thomas E. Jackson
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Dr. Laurience, a brilliant but unstable scientist experimenting with transferring minds, becomes vengeful when his magnate patron withdraws his support.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, John Loder
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Returning from European exile where she avoided testifying against her criminal associates, a former singer with a tell-all diary is murdered to ensure her silence.

Director: Eugene Forde
Stars: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Joan Marsh
Dead Men Tell (1941)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie's search for a murderer on board a docked ship.

Director: Harry Lachman
Stars: Sidney Toler, Sheila Ryan, Robert Weldon
Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke
Black Friday (1940)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Dr. Sovac transplants the brain of a gangster into his professor friend's body to save his life, but there is a side effect that causes a dangerous split personality.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Mr. Davidson
...
Captain Guy Jackson (as Peter George Lynn)
...
Captain Jaime
...
Sergeant Jerry
...
Princess Lin Hwa
Lee Tung Foo ...
Willie (as Lee Tong Foo)
Bessie Loo ...
Lilly May
...
Tong Chief
Ernie Stanton ...
Burton
Edit

Storyline

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. She proves to be Princess Lin Hwa, on a secret military mission for Chinese forces fighting the Japanese invasion. Mr. Wong finds two captains with the intial J in the case, neither being quite what he seems; there's fog on the waterfront and someone still has that poison-dart gun... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Wong no Bairro Chinês  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film received its earliest documented telecast Sunday 15 March 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in Los Angeles Wednesday 9 November 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Thursday 23 February 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Wong removes the dart from the neck of Princess Lin Hwa, it can be seen that there is a residue that covers approximately 1/3 of the tip of the dart. In the next scene, upon examining the same dart under a magnifying glass, no trace of the residue is seen. See more »

Connections

Followed by Phantom of Chinatown (1940) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Anemic
15 April 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Reviewer Planktonrules nails the key problem. The movie is indeed "low-energy". Karloff walks through the Wong role with only eye makeup to suggest he's not Philo Vance, Crime Doctor, or any one of the other myriad sleuths of the 30's. Then too, count up his lines that are surprisingly few, suggesting his part was shot in a couple of days, probably all low-budget Monogram could afford for a headliner like Karloff. Instead, Withers and Reynolds carry much of the dialogue. But since their chemistry never gels, mainly because Withers is not very good at tongue-in-cheek, their supposed byplay falls pretty flat. Nonetheless, Reynolds shows both spunk and motivation, providing the movie's only real spark. Too bad the glamorous Lotus Long was killed off early. She could have remained a real object of interest as a mysterious dragon lady. Then too, what happened to sinister dwarf Angelo Rossito. He suddenly disappears for no apparent reason after making a colorful first impression. Instead, we get several badly choreographed fistfights among basically uninteresting characters. Add to these human elements a thoroughly muddled "mystery" that fails to generate either whodunit suspense or much interest, and you've got an inferior entry in the Moto-Chan-Wong series.


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?