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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

  (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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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 2 people found the following review useful.
Not bad at all, better than the rating suggests, 5 January 2014
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Neither of the six films in the Mr Wong series are great but they are entertaining enough. The Fatal Hour does drag a fair bit, the photography could have done with a little more finesse and while he is much better than he is in Mr Wong in Chinatown Grant Withers overacts, shouting his lines too much. I didn't find it a bad film at all and found it an improvement over Mr Wong in Chinatown. The sets and lighting are effective enough, the music is jaunty and eerie and the dialogue has good doses of humour and thoughtfulness. The story is not as predictable as it sounds, the murders are not particularly creative but the plotting is diverting, fills the short running time very well and the twists and red herrings add to the intrigue and fun(personally I didn't find it that convoluted) though would have been more effective with a brisker pace. The Fatal Hours also is one of the better acted films in the series. Boris Karloff regardless of reservations of authenticity is very magnetic and gives a dignified and thoughtful performance. Marjorie Reynolds is very sassy with the humour coming naturally to her, she and Withers do have some good chemistry. The supporting cast is one of the stronger and more consistent ones of the series, Robert Puglia is the standout as the film's most interesting character and Craig Reynolds also injects life and humour to things. In conclusion, not great but better than expected. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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