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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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Mystery

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Mr. Wong removes the dart from the neck of Princess Lin Hwa, it can be seen that there is a residue that covers approximately 1/3 of the tip of the dart. In the next scene, upon examining the same dart under a magnifying glass, no trace of the residue is seen. See more »

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Lilly May: I know nothing!
Inspector Bill Street: Nobody know anything around here!
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Routine to the point of just dull
3 December 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)

I've seen a number of these Boris Karloff movies where he plays the Chinese detective Mr. Wong, and I can never quite get used to the idea that they cast Karloff in that role. Oddly, he's the best part of the series (he was a great actor, really, going far beyond being a great Monster.

There was the potential at first for some pre-WWII intrigue, because the key element behind the murders with the poison darts is a shipment of airplanes (which seem a bit tricky to smuggle, but whatever). Nothing really comes of it, however. Strickly low budget.

For a full intro to the series, check out this very nice site: cheddarbay.com/0000celebrityfiles/films/wong/wong.html

This one is a routine affair, with the chipper female reporter to spice up the dialog. I'm not sure I'd recommend it in particular!


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