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The Fatal Hour -- When Captain Street's best friend Dan O'Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong...

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Director:
Writers:
Scott Darling (screenplay)
George Waggner (adaptation)
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Release Date:
15 January 1940 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
When Captain Street's best friend Dan O'Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A Cop Killing Brings In Mr. Wong See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Boris Karloff ... James Lee Wong
Marjorie Reynolds ... Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan
Grant Withers ... Capt. Bill Street
Charles Trowbridge ... John T. Forbes
Frank Puglia ... Harry 'Hardway' Lockett
Craig Reynolds ... Frank Belden, Jr.

Lita Chevret ... Tanya Serova
Harry Strang ... Det. Ballard
Hooper Atchley ... Frank Belden Sr.
Jason Robards Sr. ... Griswold (as Jason Robards)
Richard Loo ... Jeweler
Jack Kennedy ... Mike, Police Sergeant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
C.E. Anderson ... Cap Anderson (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ... Radio Station Owner (uncredited)
Tristram Coffin ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... The Crank Informant (uncredited)
Pauline Drake ... Bessie, Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Radio Salesman (uncredited)
Elsa Janssen ... Hotel Maid (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Soapy (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... The Drunk (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Police Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Card Player (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... Policeman Clancy (uncredited)
Paul Scardon ... Homer Lyons - Informant (uncredited)

Directed by
William Nigh 
 
Writing credits
Scott Darling (screenplay)

George Waggner (adaptation) (as Joseph West)

Hugh Wiley (based on the "James Lee Wong" Series in Collier's Magazine written by)

Produced by
Scott R. Dunlap .... producer
William T. Lackey .... associate producer (as William Lackey)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Neumann (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth  (as R.F. Schoengarth)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Charles J. Bigelow .... production manager (as Chas. J. Bigelow)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
W.B. Eason .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Karl Zint .... sound recording engineer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Louis Brown .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director (as Edward Kay)
Edward J. Kay .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
E.R. Hickson .... technical director
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
Filming began November 28 1939, the fourth of the 6-film series, which Boris Karloff quickly followed with "Black Friday."See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Bill Street:I'll see you later.
Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan:Not me, flatfoot. Get one of the nurses out of the receiving hospital. They don't mind a pain in the neck.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Cop Killing Brings In Mr. Wong, 30 October 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Fatal Hour finds the Chinese scholarly detective James Lee Wong as played by Boris Karloff helping the police the murder of a colleague of Captain Grant Withers. In all the Wong mysteries Withers has absolutely no shame in requesting and getting help from his Oriental colleague.

Before the 68 minute running time of The Fatal Hour is over we've got three more murders and being this is a Monogram Studios Production the number of folks who could be the culprits falls drastically low. And Marjorie Reynolds is still forever trying to use boyfriend Withers to obtain yet another Lois Lane type scoop for her newspaper.

The deceased cop was on the smuggling task force of the San Francisco PD and Wong's investigation takes him to a respected jewelry store in the Bay City as well as the waterfront. By the time the film ends it can only be one of three suspects and I think you'll have figured it out before it's over.

It's a Monogram Picture so take it for what it is worth.

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