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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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Nice, fast moving mystery See more (28 total) »

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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Nice, fast moving mystery, 3 September 2013
Author: Bezenby from United Kingdom

Now here's a good mystery film starring Boris Karloff as Inspector Wong, 'the Chinese Copper' as one non-PC character calls him. Here, he's helping out the San Francisco police track down the killer of an undercover cop, who's been killed while working for a smuggling racket. Wong teams up with Detective Street and a journalist named Logan (well, she always snooping around at least) and heads off to the place the copper was last seen – The Neptune Bar.

The owner of the bar, Hard Way Harry, is a wise guy who looks like he did for the copper, but there are other spanners in the works – A piece of jade Wong finds leads him to a jeweller who's in debt, and who's son is hanging around the Neptune Bar with a piece of skirt Hard Way Harry knows. At first I was scratching my head trying to understand what was going on (and spending a lot of time wondering what age Jason Robards would be when he appeared – turned out it was his dad…I'm so stupid), but then things start to gel as the killer started taking out some witnesses and what not.

So Wong's got a race against time to find out who the killer actually is (the killer even kills a guy at the police station) - eventually he figures it out, but even then he might be too late as the killer has figured him out too! This quick moving thriller was a lot of fun to watch, as there's plenty of red herrings, twists, and suspenseful noir-ish set pieces to enjoy. A nice surprise, this one, as I expected to be a bit bored (it's another non-horror included in Mill Creek's 50 Horror Classics - essential for folks curious about old films).

There's your plug, Mill Creek - send money to Bezenby, 12 Biscuit Island, Button Moon.

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