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Doomed to Die (1940)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  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 ...
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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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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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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Another fine film in the Mr. Wong series
16 June 2001 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

The threesome of Mr. Wong, Det. Street and reporter Barbara Logan all return in this installment of the Mr. Wong series. All are wonderful and work well in this murder mystery. A shooting murder of a father by the unwanted son-in-law because the father has rejected him as his daughter's choice as husband. Both were heard shouting in the same room by two witnesses. Det. Street believes it is an open and shut case but Mr. Wong disagrees as well as reporter Logan. Many suspects with a score to settle make this whodunit a mystery to the end.


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