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Doomed to Die (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 12 August 1940 (USA)
Mr. Wong and a girl reporter investigate a shipping magnate's murder.



(screenplay) (as Michel Jacoby), (adaptation) (as Ralph Bettinson) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Dick Fleming
Catherine Craig ...
Cynthia Wentworth
Guy Usher ...
Paul Fleming
Attorney Victor Martin
Cyrus B. Wentworth
Wilbur Mack ...
Tong Leader


Shipping magnate Cyrus Wentworth, downcast over a disaster to his ocean liner 'Wentworth Castle' (carrying, oddly enough, an illicit shipment of Chinese bonds) is shot in his office...at the very moment of kicking out his daughter's fiance Dick Fleming. Of course, Captain Street arrests Dick, but reporter Bobbie Logan, the attractive thorn in Street's side, is so convinced he's wrong that she enlists the help of detective James Lee Wong to find the real killer. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The master of crime cleans up the dirty game of murder!


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Release Date:

12 August 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Condannato a morte  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Filming began mid June 1940, the fifth of the 6-film series, and the last to feature Boris Karloff (the last would star Keye Luke). See more »


In the Tong room scene with Wong, it's obvious that all of the scene, except the "Wentworth Castle" dialogue, was re-used from a previous Wong movie. The most notable clue is the Tong leader changing appearance between shots. See more »


Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan: So you still think you've solved it, huh?
Capt. William Street: That's right, I do. Young Fleming did it and if he didn't, I'll eat my hat.
Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan: I'll see that you do.
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Follows The Fatal Hour (1940) See more »

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4 December 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The routine plot unfolds in so obvious a manner that one loses interest in the outcome. The production values are on the same level as they were in the other Wong pictures in the...series, and the performances are on a par with the material. Most of the comedy is provoked by the bickering between a detective and a young girl who tires to outwit him.. Boris Karloff saves this picture and makes it into another great classic series.

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