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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 All (48) »

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In all Frisco... only one man had the cunning to pierce the web of intrigue to the lair of an invisible killer! See more »

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8 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El misterio de Mr. Wong  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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[first lines]
Sing, the Butler: Good morning, sir.
Brandon Edwards: Morning.
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Better Than Most
15 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having seen a number of these Mr. Wong movies, I was expecting to see a much more minimal production. They must have had a little more money for this one. As usual, the plot is a little obtuse. The jewel that is at the center of all the activity apparently has a curse on it. The "bad guy" who aren't really the bad guys want to return it to its proper setting, in a museum in China. The master collector whose house looks like a museum, with lots of Oriental artifacts, doesn't listen when warned. A young man, who has a thing for the collector's wife, is implicated in his murder (the death occurs at the time he fires a stunt gun during a game of charades). Mr. Wong realizes that there are some extenuating circumstances and that a silencer was brought into play. There is nice action and some good suspects. It keeps us guessing to the very conclusion. Even the murderer isn't without sympathy. Not a bad little whodunnit.


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