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Phantom of Chinatown (1940)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 18 November 1940 (USA)
Detective James Lee Wong is on the scene as archaeologist Dr. John Benton, recently returned from an expedition in China where a valuable ancient scroll was recovered, is murdered while giving a lecture on the expedition.

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Win Len
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Charles Miller ...
Dr. John Benton / Cyrus Benton in Newspaper (as Charles Miller)
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Dr. Norman Wilkes
Virginia Carpenter ...
Louise Benton
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Charlie Frasier (as John H. Dilson)
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Detective Grady
John Holland ...
Mason
Richard Terry ...
Toreno (as Dick Terry)
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Tommy Dean
Willy Castello ...
Jonas (as William Castello)
Lee Tung Foo ...
Foo
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In the middle of a pictorial lecture on his recent expedition to the Mongolian Desert, Dr. John Benton the famous explorer, drinks from the water bottle on his lecture table, collapses and dies. His last words "Eternal Fire" are the only clue Chinese detective Jimmy Wong and Captain Street of the police department have to work on. Win Lee, Benton's secretary, reveals the doctor's dying words refer to a scroll which tells the location of rich oil deposits. Wong and Street then begin the search for the killer among Benton's associates. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Slight Case Of Murder... Solved by Jimmy Wong! See more »


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18 November 1940 (USA)  »

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El Fantasma de Chinatown  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the only Hollywood film of the period in which an Asian detective was played by, and top billing was given to, an actor (Keye Luke) who was actually Asian. See more »

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James Lee Wong: Greetings. Only the eyebrows of youth would have the temerity to call the beard of age at such an hour.
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Edited into Who Dunit Theater: Phantom of Chinatown (2015) See more »

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Danger! Water!
16 April 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

Pretty good who-dunnit thriller about the death of an archaeologist. After he returns from the Orient. The archaeologist presents a lecture about his findings, a hidden tomb. Funny thing, is that he points out certain people in the room that went with him during the expedition, so right then and there you know that the archaeologist is toast and the people he just introduced are suspects ha ha. Mr Wong, smoothly played by Keye Luke, gets to the bottom of things. I really like how he solved this, using calm logical ways instead of having obvious clues thrown at us. I also liked the clueless homicide detective who sort of played a foil to Wong's character who essentially just followed Wong while he went on his crime-solving ways. Nifty little movie here.


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