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The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939)

Passed | | 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 Daughter of The Moon."


William Nigh


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




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 Tong Foo Lee Tong Foo ... Willie
Wilbur Mack ... Ballistics Expert


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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In all Frisco... only one man had the cunning to pierce the web of intrigue to the lair of an invisible killer! See more »




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Filming began early February 1939, the second of the 5-film series, and Boris Karloff's first feature following Son of Frankenstein (1939) See more »


[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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Followed by Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939) See more »

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Better Than Most
15 May 2007 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Having seen a number of these Mr. Wong movies, I was expecting to see a much more minimal production. They must have had a little more money for this one. As usual, the plot is a little obtuse. The jewel that is at the center of all the activity apparently has a curse on it. The "bad guy" who aren't really the bad guys want to return it to its proper setting, in a museum in China. The master collector whose house looks like a museum, with lots of Oriental artifacts, doesn't listen when warned. A young man, who has a thing for the collector's wife, is implicated in his murder (the death occurs at the time he fires a stunt gun during a game of charades). Mr. Wong realizes that there are some extenuating circumstances and that a silencer was brought into play. There is nice action and some good suspects. It keeps us guessing to the very conclusion. Even the murderer isn't without sympathy. Not a bad little whodunnit.

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Release Date:

8 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El misterio de Mr. Wong 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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