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The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939)

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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:
Dorothy Tree ...
Craig Reynolds ...
Peter Harrison
Michael Strogonoff
Holmes Herbert ...
Prof. Ed Janney
Morgan Wallace ...
Brendan Edwards
Chester Gan ...
Sing, the Butler
Hooper Atchley ...
Bruce Wong ...
Asian Man
Jack Kennedy ...
Police Guard
Police Lt. George Devlin
Lee Tung Foo ...
Willie (as Lee Tong Foo)
Wilbur Mack ...
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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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Release Date:

8 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El misterio de Mr. Wong  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »


[first lines]
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The Eye of the Daughter of the Moon
11 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Mr. Wong (Boris Karloff) attends a party where the host is murdered right in front of him. The host was kind of a d-bag and a thief who had stolen Chinese antiques in his possession. But still, Mr. Wong investigates to find out who killed him. As with any Wong movie, Karloff is the main reason to see it. Valerie Tree plays to the balcony. Ham city, kids. Craig Reynolds isn't much better, at least when he's with her. Every scene the two share is played like Romeo & Juliet. Grant Withers once again plays the police detective. He's less grumpy here than in his first Wong film. Lotus Long and Chester Gan are good in supporting roles. Decent time-killer. The Wong series was never on par with Charlie Chan but it was generally entertaining.

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