5.9/10
488
14 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

Free at Internet Archive

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Videos

Photos

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 6.3/10 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 5.4/10 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 5.6/10 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
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Moto thwarts a ruthless band of international agents who try to foment an international incident by mining the entrance to the Suez Canal and blaming the British.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Peter Lorre, Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Field
Black Magic (1944)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Charlie searches for a murderer amidst numerous ghosts conjured up by a strange variety of spiritualists and occultists.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Frances Chan
The Bat (1959)
Horror | Thriller | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people.

Director: Crane Wilbur
Stars: Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Gavin Gordon
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Charlie Chan is an agent of the U.S. government assigned to investigate the mysterious death of an inventor.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Arthur Loft
The Red House (1947)
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandon farmhouse, located deep in the woods.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Charlie discovers a scheme for the theft of government radar plans while investigating several murders.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Marjorie Reynolds ...
...
Huntley Gordon ...
Mr. Davidson
...
Captarin Guy Jackson (as Peter George Lynn)
William Royle ...
Captain Jaime
James Flavin ...
Sergeant Jerry
...
Princess Lin Hwa
Lee Tung Foo ...
Willie (as Lee Tong Foo)
Bessie Loo ...
Lilly May
Richard Loo ...
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

The third of the 6-film series, and the first to feature Marjorie Reynolds as Captain Street's reporter girlfriend. Later remade as a Charlie Chan feature, The Chinese Ring (1947). See more »

Goofs

When Street and Logan arrive at Davidson's house, the supposedly-dead dogs are clearly breathing as Street kneels to examine them. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Fatal Hour (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?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wong Vs Chan: the Chinese Detective Wars Yuhangyuan
Discuss Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?