It is not Dan O'Grady. It is Dan Grady. I have seen a few references now in other film sites citing "O'Grady", probably due to the IMDB summary (some have even cited IMDB). I have this film... See full summary »
It is not Dan O'Grady. It is Dan Grady. I have seen a few references now in other film sites citing "O'Grady", probably due to the IMDB summary (some have even cited IMDB). I have this film on DVD and watch it frequently. So please just make it Dan Grady. To quote Karloff as Mr. Wong "Dan Grady was my friend, too." Written by
This film was including in a horror box set, and the Internet Movie Database considers it to be in the genre of horror, but I will tell you right now: there is no horror in this. None. It is a straight detective story. Yes, Boris Karloff is in it, but that does not make it horror.
What happens is a series of murders, and two detectives (Boris Karloff and Grant Withers) try to solve the case. Karloff plays the smart cop (like a Sherlock Holmes), while Grant Withers is more like Russell Crowe in "LA Confidential" (violent).
I was confused by the casting of Karloff as the Chinese Mr. Wong. He plays Wong in six films, but as far as I can tell Karloff is not Chinese and does not look or sound even vaguely Chinese. So why wouldn't they cast someone else or change the nationality of Karloff's character? I really enjoyed Marjorie Reynolds as the pushy reporter, who was possibly Grant Withers' girlfriend (it is never made clear). She seems to show up at all the critical moments, adding a humorous element to the otherwise straight film. The other great character is Frank Puglia as "Hardway", the career criminal who hangs out around the police station. He was the most interesting character, providing a great red herring (actually this film is full of red herrings).
If you like mysteries and old films, this is one you'll want to give a fair chance to. If old movies bore you, never mind... you'll fall asleep. But I liked it.
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