IMDb > Phantom of Chinatown (1940)

Phantom of Chinatown (1940) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 5 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.2/10   234 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 15% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
George Waggner (screenplay)
Ralph Gilbert Bettison (original story)
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Phantom of Chinatown on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
18 November 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A thousand suspects... 20 fingerprints... a Chinese temple... Mr. Wong solves a murder! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Luke vs. Karloff See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Keye Luke ... James Lee 'Jimmy' Wong
Grant Withers ... Capt. Street
Lotus Long ... Win Len
Charles Miller ... Dr. John Benton / Cyrus Benton in Newspaper (as Charles Miller)
Huntley Gordon ... Dr. Norman Wilkes
Virginia Carpenter ... Louise Benton
John Dilson ... Charlie Frasier (as John H. Dilson)
Paul McVey ... Detective Grady
John Holland ... Mason
Richard Terry ... Toreno (as Dick Terry)
Robert Kellard ... Tommy Dean
Willy Castello ... Jonas (as William Castello)
Lee Tung Foo ... Foo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lynton Brent ... Radio News Broadcaster (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Stakeout Cop (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Detective in Refrigerator (uncredited)
William Gould ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Police Officer Stationed at Front Door (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Extra in Audience at Benton's Lecture (uncredited)
Victor Wong ... Charley Won (uncredited)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Phil Rosen 
 
Writing credits
George Waggner (screenplay) (as Joseph West)

Ralph Gilbert Bettison (original story) (as Ralph Bettinson)

Hugh Wiley (characters from "James Lee Wong" series in Collier's Magazine)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... producer
 
Original Music by
Edward J. Kay  (as Edward Kay)
 
Cinematography by
Fred Jackman Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Ogilvie 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Clague 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mack V. Wright .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dave Milton .... interior decorator (as David Milton)
 
Sound Department
William R. Fox .... sound director (as William Fox)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
62 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #6779)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The last of the six-film series, and the only one not to star Boris Karloff, replaced by Keye Luke. Monogram owed the distributors one more Wong feature, and had completed Karloff's six-picture contract with the horror film The Ape (1940).See more »
Quotes:
James Lee Wong:Greetings. Only the eyebrows of youth would have the temerity to call the beard of age at such an hour.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)See more »

FAQ

What is notable about this film?
Is this available on DVD?
See more »
10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Luke vs. Karloff, 1 December 2006
Author: robcat2075 from United States

Not a major film, but interesting for it's unique elements. Boris Karloff made some "Wong" films and was criticised for not affecting a Chinese accent. But here we have a real Chinese actor playing the Chinese detective role and he didn't go for the Chinese accent either. Neither does the Chinese leading lady. Maybe that's why they didn't make another "Wong" with this cast; audiences probably didn't want to be challenged by the notion of foreigners who could speak English as well as anyone else.

the George Washington bit was a surprise. I had to rewind just to see if I had actually heard what I thought I heard.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (17 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Phantom of Chinatown (1940)

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc. The Spider Returns The Mystery of Mr. Wong The Black Widow Thank You, Mr. Moto
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.