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Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 5 October 1938 (USA)
When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal... See full summary »

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Houston Branch (screen play), Hugh Wiley (based on: the "James Lee Wong" series in Collier's Magazine written by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Mr. James Lee Wong
Grant Withers ... Capt. Sam Street
Maxine Jennings ... Myra Ross
Evelyn Brent ... Olga - aka Countess Dubois
George Lloyd ... Devlin
Lucien Prival ... Anton Mohl
John St. Polis ... Carl Roemer
William Gould ... Theodore Meisle
Hooper Atchley ... Christian Wilk
John Hamilton ... Simon Dayton
Wilbur Mack ... Russell
Lee Tung Foo Lee Tung Foo ... Tchin (as Lee Tong Foo)
Lynton Brent ... Tommy
Grace Wood Grace Wood ... Mrs. Roemer
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Storyline

When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal the formula for a poison gas being developed by the first victim's company. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The most ingenious crime even conceived...but the killer hadn't counted on the crafty Mr. Wongs as his adversary! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The film's copyright was not renewed and it is in the Public Domain. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Wong's servant waits on him on what we are told is his day off. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anton Mohl, aka Baron Von Krantz: You're going to get killed doing that, one of these days, Lescardi!
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Connections

Followed by Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939) See more »

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This movie is a campy hoot!
13 December 2002 | by javajuleSee all my reviews

I have the Mr. Wong series on DVD and find it quite enjoyable. You must immerse yourself in the ambience of sitting in a darkened movie theater circa 1939 watching a double bill of "B" movies to enjoy. By modern detective story standards it is creaky, but you don't watch it for the plot. I agree the sheer political incorrectness of the very British Boris Karloff playing a Chinese detective takes some getting used to, but he lends the role an air of dignity that a less talented actor would not be capable of expressing. Grant Withers is most famous for eloping with a seventeen year old Loretta Young before her rise to stardom. The later films in the series feature a cheeky Marjorie Reynolds and gives her ample room to display her comedic talents. All in all, suspend your modern frame of reference and enjoy!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detektiven Mr Wong See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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