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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
Lotus Long ...
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 ...
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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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mr wong | china | gem | game | maid | 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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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.
[the butler begins to take his coat]
Brandon Edwards: Never mind! The mistress up yet?
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Followed by Doomed to Die (1940) See more »

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The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939) **1/2
20 August 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

**1/2 out of ****

This is the second film in the Monogram series featuring Boris Karloff as the soft-spoken Chinese detective, James Lee Wong. Here he must unravel the reason behind the unexpected shooting death of a jealous husband at a party, and the secret surrounding a cursed sapphire that was smuggled out of China.

Though never quite believable as an Asian man, Karloff is still interesting to watch in an understated characterization, and this is possibly the best of the Mr. Wong offerings from a rather pedestrian collection.


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