5.6/10
707
32 user 8 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

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

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When Captain Street's best friend Dan Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong. Mr. Wong uncovers a smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A pretty Chinese woman, seeking help from San Francisco detective James Lee Wong, is killed by a poisoned dart in his front hall, having time only to scrawl "Captain J" on a sheet of paper.... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Detective James Lee Wong is on the scene as archaeologist Dr. John Benton, recently returned from an expedition in China where a valuable ancient scroll was recovered, is murdered while giving a lecture on the expedition.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Keye Luke, Lotus Long, Grant Withers
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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."

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Dorothy Tree
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts him.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Polly Ann Young, John McGuire
Romance | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Although the home of cabinet minister Arthur Bennett is a hotbed of spies, moles, and double agents, no one knows the true identity of notorious German spymaster Strendler.

Director: Terry O. Morse
Stars: Boris Karloff, Margaret Lindsay, Bruce Lester
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison
Certificate: Passed Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to find the whereabouts of wealthy kidnap victim Walter Craig. Craig unexpectedly turns up alive but with apparent brain damage, ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: James Dunn, Joan Woodbury, Paul McVey
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An insurance investigator arrives at a creepy mansion to protect a millionaire who has had death threats made against him.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Jack Haley, Jean Parker, Bela Lugosi
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Moto thwarts a ruthless band of international agents who try to foment an international incident by mining the entrance to the Suez Canal and blaming the British.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Peter Lorre, Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Field
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A scientist, aided by an old hag and her two sons, kills virginal brides, steals their bodies, and extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young.

Director: Wallace Fox
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Luana Walters, Tristram Coffin
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Marjorie Reynolds ...
...
...
Dick Fleming
Catherine Craig ...
Cynthia Wentworth
Guy Usher ...
Paul Fleming
...
Attorney Victor Martin
Melvin Lang ...
Cyrus B. Wentworth
Wilbur Mack ...
Matthews
Kenneth Harlan ...
Ludlow
...
Tong Leader
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 August 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Condannato a morte  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Sunday 3 May 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). 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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Screaming Skull (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Those Kuomintang Bonds
9 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Doomed To Die is the last film that Boris Karloff made for Monogram's Mr. Wong series. One more film was made with an actual person of Oriental descent playing Wong and that was Keye Luke.

The criticism of Mr. Wong is somewhat interesting. The criticism in fact of Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto was that these two clever detectives were constantly speaking in fortune cookie aphorisms which led to stereotyping of Oriental characters. James Lee Wong was only of partial oriental ancestry and it's made clear that he went to both Oxford and Heidelberg universities. Obviously the Oxford speech pattern is what took and we get the clear diction of Boris Karloff instead.

Wong's every bit as smart as Moto and Chan and he has to be here. It's your typical locked room mystery. Shipping magnate Guy Usher is concerned over both the shipboard fire of his vessel the Wentworth Castle and the romance between his daughter Catherine Craig and the son of rival shipper Melvin Lang. Usher is shot to death after a meeting with William Stelling, the fiancé of Craig and he's the only one in the room with the deceased.

Some Chinese government bonds were stolen during the fire and remember this film is made during the Chinese-Japanese War that predated the beginning of World War II. Those Kuomintang bonds are valuable and they're reason enough for arson and murder. A Tong leader, Richard Loo, is also killed before the case is solved.

Doomed To Die marked the farewell appearance of Marjorie Reynolds as well as Lois Lane snoop and scoop reporter girlfriend of police captain Grant Withers of the San Francisco Homicide Squad. A man never to proud to ask for the help of Mr. Wong. But in this case it turns out that Reynolds is a friend of Craig's and she brings Karloff and his super sleuthing skills to this case.

Doomed To Die is a bit more complex than the usual run of films from Monogram Pictures which didn't exactly invest to many production values in the Wong series. Not that they had much to invest. I do enjoy seeing Karloff in the role though, pity he didn't do more of them.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoCW7o7CPVU rama24-217-573354
Discuss Doomed to Die (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?