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Doomed to Die (1940)

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

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Marjorie Reynolds ...
Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan
Grant Withers ...
William Stelling ...
Dick Fleming
Catherine Craig ...
Cynthia Wentworth
Guy Usher ...
Paul Fleming
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Attorney Victor Martin
Melvin Lang ...
Cyrus B. Wentworth
Wilbur Mack ...
Matthews
Kenneth Harlan ...
Ludlow
Richard Loo ...
Tong Leader
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Storyline

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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reporter | detective | shipping | ship | police | See more »

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


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12 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Condannato a morte  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The images of the burning of the fictitious liner Wentworth Castle is taken from actual news footage of the burning of the liner SS Morro Castle. The Morro Castle caught fire on 8 September 1934 during a trip from Havana to New York. The heavy loss of life combined with the beaching of the gutted hulk in New Jersey made it one of the biggest news stories of the day. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Better than The Fatal Hour
10 November 2009 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I'm working my way through the Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection and DOOMED TO DIE is one of the movies in the set.

Why DOOMED TO DIE is included in a collection of Horror Classics is a mystery. But having seen THE FATAL HOUR, I have to say that Boris Karloff cast is more convincing in DOOMED TO DIE as the Chinese detective, Mr. Wong. The makeup was certainly better.

Marjorie Reynolds, as the pushy reporter Bobbie Logan is an absolute hoot -- she is brash, bossy, feminine; and, smart. She alone is reason enough for me to run out and buy the whole Wong collection!

Mr. Wong is investigating the murder of a shipping magnate. The son of a rival, who was last seen with the deceased stands accused of the murder. After tracking down leads at the waterfront bar, another murder victim surfaces! With, of course, the ultimate conclusion (which I won't spoil for you.)

The movie was entertaining; and, well-paced. The acting was fine, as I knew all the characters. The plot was plausible; but, a bit convoluted.


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