This film is badly planned out. Roemer was not able to plant all of these poison glass balls in the way that the movie would have us believe. Roemer is unable to plant the first glass ball,...
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A pretty Chinese woman, seeking help from San Francisco detective James Lee Wong, is killed by a poisoned dart in his front hall, having time only to scrawl "Captain J" on a sheet of paper.... See full summary »
When Captain Street's best friend Dan Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong. Mr. Wong uncovers a smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco ... See full summary »
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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Victor Sen Yung
This film is badly planned out. Roemer was not able to plant all of these poison glass balls in the way that the movie would have us believe. Roemer is unable to plant the first glass ball, he is locked up by Street for the third. The only way he could have planted the glass balls would have been to have gone to the victims homes and offices before they suspected him. Would people not have noticed a strange glass ball if they had been left for a long time beforehand? No motive is given for his killing of the three victims. He just wanted to kill them.
As an example of just how low the budget of this film was, when a note is delivered to Mr. Wong's front door, the actor playing the messenger has no dialogue. If the actor had spoken even one word, SAG rules would have required Monogram Pictures to pay him an additional $10! See more »
Mr. Wong's servant waits on him on what we are told is his day off. See more »
From memory the Mr Wong films were fun if not mind-blowingly great, though they most likely weren't trying to be. Any film that has Boris Karloff in is worth a shot, and Mr Wong, Detective is not an exception. Some scenes are poorly lit and with unfocused editing, the film does have some dull stretches that could have benefited from tighter scripting and while mostly entertaining and with a character that is nicely contrasted to the character of Mr Wong Grant Withers can go overboard with the shouting. The sets are good though and match the atmosphere and mystery well, while the script on the most part is snappy and the story is diverting and fun with a clever killing method and a particularly gripping final 10-15 minutes. The direction isn't award-worthy but it was decent, and the acting likewise. Boris Karloff is one of those actors who always did his best with what he had regardless of the quality(and he did have films, especially in the later years, that were beneath him material-wise)- Vincent Price and Tim Curry are other examples of this. He is served well, and while not exactly convincing as Chinese he commands the screen brilliantly, carrying the film with no trouble. Overall, not great but not bad at all. Not a must-see but it is worth the look and for more than curiosity value. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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