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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 ... 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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A gay party is interrupted by murder and the world's most costly jewel stolen! See more »

Genres:

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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Sound Mix:

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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The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939) **1/2
20 August 2011 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939)

This is the second film in the Monogram series featuring Boris Karloff as the soft-spoken Chinese detective, James Lee Wong. Here he must unravel the reason behind the unexpected shooting death of a jealous husband at a party, and the secret surrounding a cursed sapphire that was smuggled out of China. Though not quite believable here as an Asian man, Karloff is still interesting to watch in an understated characterization, and this is possibly the best of the Mr. Wong offerings from a rather pedestrian collection.

**1/2 out of ****


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