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The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939)

Approved | | Mystery | 8 March 1939 (USA)
Detective tries to solve the murder of antiques collector who was in possession of a famous jewel known as "The Eye of the Daugther of The Moon."

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Scott Darling (screenplay), Hugh Wiley (based on the "James Lee Wong" Series in Collier's Magazine written by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Mr. James Lee Wong
Grant Withers ... Police Capt. Sam Street
Dorothy Tree ... Valerie Edwards
Craig Reynolds ... Peter Harrison
Ivan Lebedeff ... Michael Strogonoff
Holmes Herbert ... Prof. Ed Janney
Morgan Wallace ... Brendan Edwards
Lotus Long ... Drina, the Maid
Chester Gan ... Sing, the Butler
Hooper Atchley ... Carslake
Bruce Wong Bruce Wong ... Asian Man
Jack Kennedy Jack Kennedy ... Police Guard
Joe Devlin ... Police Lt. George Devlin
Lee Tung Foo Lee Tung Foo ... Willie (as Lee Tong Foo)
Wilbur Mack Wilbur Mack ... Ballistics Expert
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Storyline

The Eye of the Daughter of the Moon, a golfball sized sapphire has been stolen in China and smuggled into the US. Richards, a rich man who knows a curse was placed on the Eye by the Emperor Hong Chong Tu as he buried it in his dead unfaithful wife's heart, expects to be murdered for receiving it. He shows Mr Wong the Eye and a death threat note. At a party, during a game of "Indications", Richards is shot, seemingly by his secretary, Peter Harrison. Add a peeking Chinese butler and maid, a budding singer, another criminologist, Richards' lawyer and an unsigned changed will. Mr Wong helps Street sort out the details to uncover all the secrets and the murderer. Written by John P Roberts, Jr

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Mote tingling mystery thrills from the new Chinese detective sensation! (original poster) See more »

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El misterio de Mr. Wong See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ivan Lebedeff, who plays swarthy, silk-robed lothario "Strogonoff," made his film debut in silent movies (Fine Manners) and continued to work across four decades, making his final appearance in the 1953 version of War of the Worlds. He specialized in playing barons, counts, princes and other "foreign" characters. See more »

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[first lines]
Sing, the Butler: Good morning, sir.
Brandon Edwards: Morning.
[the butler begins to take his coat]
Brandon Edwards: Never mind! The mistress up yet?
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Murderous Charade
29 October 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A prize sapphire has been stolen and received by collector Morgan Wallace right off a freighter in San Francisco bay before docking, thereby eluding customs. It's been stolen during the Japanese occupation in Nanking and Wallace is naturally in fear of his life as a result. It's no accident he's invited the great scholar and criminologist James Lee Wong as played by Boris Karloff to a reception that evening creating The Mystery Of Mr. Wong.

Despite I think was a grammatically incorrect title and given this is a production from Monogram Pictures, this is not a bad mystery and very topical at the time. The news of the war waged on the Chinese by Japan was in the papers all the time.

When the murder of Farley is actually committed it's during a game of charades where guest Grant Reynolds shoots Farley during a sketch and the man doesn't get up. In a manner worthy of Agatha Christie there are a whole host of subjects present at the mansion. It was just the killer's bad luck to do this with Wong present.

One of these days I'll be bowled over when I find out that someone actually decides to call of a planned crime when some famous detective appears unplanned on the screen.

Don't these people go to the movies?


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