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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.

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(screenplay) (as Michel Jacoby), (adaptation) (as Ralph Bettinson) | 1 more credit »
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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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12 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Condannato a morte  »

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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 »

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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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Follows Mr. Wong, Detective (1938) See more »

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"Mr Wong, What are YOU doing here?"
27 March 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty amusing, if slightly racist movie here. Boris Karloff plays a supposedly famous detective here, A Mr. Wong, who is asked to look into a murder of a shipping magnate. Was it done by the spurned lover of the magnate's daughter? Wong doesn't think so and goes into a tireless search for clues to the killing. Amusingly, Wong magically appears everywhere he's supposed to (check your fire escapes!) and uses until-now unknown methods of detective work (Papers that are burned to a crisp can be examined by infra-red light!). This is more than slightly ridiculous, and the fact that Karloff is playing an Asian character makes it even MORE so, so all in all, this turned out to be a lot of goofy fun :)


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