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The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939)

 -  Mystery  -  8 March 1939 (USA)
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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."

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Grant Withers ...
Dorothy Tree ...
Valerie Edwards
Craig Reynolds ...
Peter Harrison
Ivan Lebedeff ...
Michael Strogonoff
Holmes Herbert ...
Prof. Ed Janney
Morgan Wallace ...
Brendan Edwards
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Drina, the Maid
Chester Gan ...
Sing, the Butler
Hooper Atchley ...
Carslake
Bruce Wong ...
Asian Man
Jack Kennedy ...
Police Guard
Joe Devlin ...
Police Lt. George Devlin
Lee Tung Foo ...
Willie (as Lee Tong Foo)
Wilbur Mack ...
Ballistics Expert
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The Eye of the Daughter of the Moon, a golfball sized sapphire has been stolen in China and smuggled into the US. Richards, a rich man who knows a curse was placed on the Eye by the Emperor Hong Chong Tu as he buried it in his dead unfaithful wife's heart, expects to be murdered for receiving it. He shows Mr Wong the Eye and a death threat note. At a party, during a game of "Indications", Richards is shot, seemingly by his secretary, Peter Harrison. Add a peeking Chinese butler and maid, a budding singer, another criminologist, Richards' lawyer and an unsigned changed will. Mr Wong helps Street sort out the details to uncover all the secrets and the murderer. Written by John P Roberts, Jr

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china | mr wong | gem | sapphire | party | See more »

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A gay party is interrupted by murder and the world's most costly jewel stolen! See more »

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8 March 1939 (USA)  »

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El misterio de Mr. Wong  »

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Filming began early February 1939, the second of the 6-film series, and Boris Karloff's first feature following Son of Frankenstein (1939) See more »

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[first lines]
Sing, the Butler: Good morning, sir.
Brandon Edwards: Morning.
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Murderous Charade
29 October 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A prize sapphire has been stolen and received by collector Morgan Wallace right off a freighter in San Francisco bay before docking, thereby eluding customs. It's been stolen during the Japanese occupation in Nanking and Wallace is naturally in fear of his life as a result. It's no accident he's invited the great scholar and criminologist James Lee Wong as played by Boris Karloff to a reception that evening creating The Mystery Of Mr. Wong.

Despite I think was a grammatically incorrect title and given this is a production from Monogram Pictures, this is not a bad mystery and very topical at the time. The news of the war waged on the Chinese by Japan was in the papers all the time.

When the murder of Farley is actually committed it's during a game of charades where guest Grant Reynolds shoots Farley during a sketch and the man doesn't get up. In a manner worthy of Agatha Christie there are a whole host of subjects present at the mansion. It was just the killer's bad luck to do this with Wong present.

One of these days I'll be bowled over when I find out that someone actually decides to call of a planned crime when some famous detective appears unplanned on the screen.

Don't these people go to the movies?


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