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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...
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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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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Cast

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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)
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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
 
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Runtime:
68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Mr. Wong is always right!, 13 April 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Although not as legendary or eloquent as his contemporary British colleague Sherlock Holmes, Oriental detective Mr. Wong successfully solved quite a lot of difficult cases as well, with his splendid observation talents and marvelous deduction skills. "The Fatal Hour" is the fourth film in a series of six, all but one starring the unequaled master-actor Boris Karloff in the role James Lee Wong. Police Captain Bill Street always calls him upon for help whenever there's a complex murder case with connections to the oriental community of San Francisco. In "The Fatal Hour", Street's colleague and long time friend Dan O'Grady has been murdered during his investigation of an extended oriental jewelry smuggling network. The owner of the dubious Neptune bar near the harbor – where all the smuggling import and export takes place - is the obvious suspect, but there are a lot more people involved. This isn't a very sensational film in terms of violent bloodshed or wild car chases, but the plot is quite compelling and the dialogues are fluently written. There are a couple of ingenious red herrings and I liked the realistic aspect that Wong isn't a superhero who prevents further murders from happening and thus has to face several more dead bodies during his investigation. Even though pretty much performing on automatic pilot, Karloff is terrific and he receives good feedback from the supportive cast. Particularly Marjorie Reynolds is likable as the obtrusive yet helpful gossip reporter Bobby Logan. Recommended in case you have 70 minutes to spare.

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