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When Were You Born (1938)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance | 18 June 1938 (USA)
Mei Lee Ling, an astrology expert, tells one of her fellow passengers on a ship, that he will die within two days and the next day he is dead. The police suspects that Mei does know ... See full summary »


William C. McGann (as William McGann)


Anthony Coldeway (screenplay) (as Anthony Coldewey), Manly P. Hall (original story) (as Manley Hall)


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Complete credited cast:
Margaret Lindsay ... Doris Kane (Leo)
Anna May Wong ... Mei Lei Ming (Aquarius)
Lola Lane ... Nita Kenton (Cancer)
Anthony Averill ... Larry Camp (Aries)
Charles C. Wilson ... Inspector Jim C. Gregg (Taurus) (as Charles Wilson)
Jeffrey Lynn ... Reporter Davis (Gemini)
Eric Stanley Eric Stanley ... Shields, Corey's Valet (Virgo)
James Stephenson ... Phillip 'Phil' Corey (Libra)
Leonard Mudie ... Frederick 'Fred' Gow (Scorpio)
Olin Howland ... Peter Finlay (Sagittarius)
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Dr. Merton (Capricorn)
Frank Jaquet ... Sergeant Kelly (Pisces)
Clayton Moore ... Assistant District Attorney (as Jack Moore)
Manly P. Hall Manly P. Hall ... Himself - Manley P. Hall - Opening Narrator (as Manley P. Hall)


Mei Lee Ling, an astrology expert, tells one of her fellow passengers on a ship, that he will die within two days and the next day he is dead. The police suspects that Mei does know something, but she doesn't. But to clear herself she offers her help to solve the murder. Soon she and the police find themselves in a web of crime and false identities. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Mystery | Romance


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Release Date:

18 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Em Que Dia Você Nasceu? See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Himself - Manley P. Hall - Opening Narrator: Now the twelfth sign of the Zodiac, Pisces, governs from 20th February to 20th March. Those who are born under it do most of their thinking sitting down because their feet hurt. But in the end, much of the world's greatest progress is accomplished by Piscean people who are mystic, creative and idealistic in their natures.
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[prologue] "Because astrology plays such an important part in this story, Manley P. Hall will precede the picture with a brief discourse on this interesting subject". See more »


Too Marvelous for Words
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played when Miss Ming tells Cory about himself in the ship's lounge
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Entertainingly exotic B-mystery with an astrological twist!
5 July 2006 | by Dewey1960See all my reviews

This supremely entertaining B-mystery from Warner Bros features a wonderful lead performance by Anna May Wong as an astrologer in San Francisco's Chinatown who helps the police solve a murder by using her uncanny star-gazing talents. Anyone even remotely interested in astrology will find the story-line quite pleasing (and pretty accurate, given the participation of Manly Hall, a noted astrologer of the day). Even those without much interest in astrology (except those who are stubbornly judgmental and predisposed to be negative about these things) should find this fast-paced, amusing mystery a cut well above the average. The adroitly talented supporting cast--including Margaret Lindsay, Lola Lane, Jeffrey Lynn, James Stephenson and Olin Howland--give the film an additional sheen. Highly recommended; definitely check it out whenever it turns up on Turner Classic Movies.

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