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Director:
Writers:
George Waggner (screenplay)
Ralph Gilbert Bettison (original story)
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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 »
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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)

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)
 
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Runtime:
62 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #6779)

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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 »
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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.See more »
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Keye Luke is Wonderful!, 10 October 2006
Author: catherine yronwode from United States

No offense to Boris Karloff, who had previously played Mr. Wong, but this film shows how an "oriental" action-thriller can be improved by casting a gifted Chinese actor in the role. Keye Luke is handsome, charming, dashing, brave, clever, and just downright sexy as James Lee Wong, and he meets his perfect match in Lotus Long, the mysterious Chinese secretary of a famous Anglo-American archaeologist. The ending, which would have featured some romance between Luke and Long had they both been Caucasians, is still satisfying, as Luke shows his feelings for Long with his eyes and smile. Lee Tung Foo also deserves mention in a fun turn as Wong's servant. Of the many oriental-exploitation films of the era, this is perhaps the best, featuring some fine Asian art objects, superb set decoration, social commentary about Westerm archaeological appropriation of cultural treasures, unusual documentary footage of an expedition to Mongolia, and real Chinese people playing Chinese people. It's by no means an "A" picture, and seeing the star-god Shou depicted as a "god of vengeance" is silly, but "Phantom of Chinatown" deserves a better reputation than others of its ilk.

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