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Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)

Approved | | Mystery | 1 August 1939 (USA)
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 »

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Scott Darling (screenplay), Hugh Wiley (characters: series in Collier's Magazine)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... James Lee Wong
Marjorie Reynolds ... Bobby Logan
Grant Withers ... Inspector Bill Street
Huntley Gordon ... Mr. Davidson
George Lynn ... Captain Guy Jackson (as Peter George Lynn)
William Royle ... Captain Jaime
James Flavin ... Sergeant Jerry
Lotus Long ... Princess Lin Hwa
Lee Tung Foo Lee Tung Foo ... Willie (as Lee Tong Foo)
Bessie Loo Bessie Loo ... Lilly May
Richard Loo ... Tong Chief
Ernie Stanton Ernie Stanton ... Burton
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Storyline

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. She proves to be Princess Lin Hwa, on a secret military mission for Chinese forces fighting the Japanese invasion. Mr. Wong finds two captains with the intial J in the case, neither being quite what he seems; there's fog on the waterfront and someone still has that poison-dart gun... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Wong no Bairro Chinês See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The third of the 5-film series, and the first to feature Marjorie Reynolds as Captain Street's reporter girlfriend. Later remade as a Charlie Chan feature, The Chinese Ring (1947). See more »

Goofs

When Street and Logan arrive at Davidson's house, the supposedly-dead dogs are clearly breathing as Street kneels to examine them. See more »

Quotes

Lilly May: I know nothing!
Inspector Bill Street: Nobody know anything around here!
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KARLOFF MADE THIS A TRUE CLASSIC WONG SERIES!!
4 July 2003 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Princess Lin Hwa(Lotus Long) visits Mr. Wong (Boris Karloff) at his residence for assistance, however, she is killed by a poisoned arrow. Mr. Wong, with Capt. Street (Grant Withers), seeks the murderer. They are helped by Bobby Logan (Marjorie Reynolds), a reporter and Street's girfriend. They arrive at the princess's apartment to investigate and look for clues, at the same time they find her maid has been murdered. The only witness to the murder is a mute dwarf (Angelo Rosita) who mysteriously disappears. Karloff held this picture together and has made this film a true Mr. Wong series classic for all Karloff fans. It is difficult to critize this film, it was made with a very low budget and was considered a "B" film in 1939, which was usually shown with another picture, news and a cartoon. Boris Karloff was between filming of horror movies and this Mr. Wong series gave him a small income.(not like the large salaries of movie stars today. However, Karloff is very calm and unmoved in this film and nothing seems to bother Mr. Wong at all!!


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