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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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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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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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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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Formulaic Fun, 6 April 2010
Author: timothymcclenaghan from United States

The Mr. Wong series borrows somewhat from the Torchy Blane series at Warner Bros., i.e. feisty female reporter annoying the police officer/boyfriend, but also key to solving the crime. A comment was made elsewhere about that character here having a "Lois Lane" moment. Torchy Blane was allegedly the inspiration for the Lois Lane character of Superman comics.

A humorous, but probably unintentional, mistake shows up early in the film when Boris Karloff's darkening makeup is forgotten on his neck, giving him a two-tone head.

Although one can disparage Karloff for these films, keep in mind that film actors then, as now, need and want work. There are plenty of other well-experienced actors appearing in the Mr. Wong films, whom you can see in better films at better studios in the 1930s, or even in later films.

Although Karloff was making "B" films at Monogram and Columbia around this time, at least he had an "up" blip in his career when he played a major role in "Arsenic and Old Lace" on Broadway from 1941 to 1944.

This film is no worse than the formulaic TV series we have now, both comedy and drama, TV now being today's equivalent of the "B" movies of yesterday.

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