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The Mandarin Mystery (1936)

Two murders are committed and a $50,000 Chinese Mandarin stamp is stolen, tossed around and eventually recovered as an aggregation of costly-stamp counterfeiters are uncovered through the mastermind investigation by Ellery Queen.

Director:

Ralph Staub

Writers:

Frederic Dannay (story, 'The Chinese Orange Mystery') (as Ellery Queen), Manfred Lee (story, 'The Chinese Orange Mystery') (as Ellery Queen) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Quillan ... Ellery Queen
Charlotte Henry ... Josephine Temple
Rita La Roy ... Martha Kirk
Wade Boteler ... Inspector Queen
Franklin Pangborn ... Mellish
George Irving ... Dr. Alexander Kirk
Kay Hughes ... Irene Kirk
William Newell William Newell ... Detective Guffy
George Walcott ... Donald Trent
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Howard Bronson
Edgar Allen Edgar Allen ... Newspaper Reporter
Walter Merrill Walter Merrill ... Craig the Thief (as Anthony Merrill)
Richard Beach Richard Beach ... Reporter
Monte Vandergrift ... Detective (as Monte Vandegrift)
Grace Durkin ... Girl on Street Corner
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Storyline

A very rare and priceless Chinese postage stamp is stole as its thief claims two victims in a hotel,, both of whom are murdered in inexplicably locked rooms. Young Ellery romances the stamps beautiful owner, Josephie Temple, while working with his father, Inspector Queen to solve the baffling case and expose the killer. Written by duke1029

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chinese Orange Mystery See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Mandarian Mystery was based on "The Chinese Orange Mystery" by Ellery Queen. See more »

Quotes

Josephine Temple: [looking at Ellery and his father] A pair of Queens is hard to beat.
Josephine Temple: [hinting at marriage] Three Queens is better!
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Referenced in Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941) See more »

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At least it's not horrible
10 February 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Eddie Quillan was an odd choice to play the lead in this detective film because he was essentially a small smart-allecky little pip-squeak--not the brilliant or studly hero you'd expect to see in this type of film. Because of this, the film certainly IS unusual. The problem is that even with this novel portrayal, the film isn't all that interesting or well-done. At best it's a mediocre time-passer and not the equal of other series detective B-films from the period. For my time, I would much rather watch a Charlie Chan, Saint or Sherlock Holmes film--they seemed to have better production values and writing as well as a leading man that was more likable. Sorry,...I just didn't particularly care for this film.

Oh, and by the way, there is no such thing as the Chinese Mandarin stamp that is worth a fortune--this was made up for the film.


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