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Doomed to Die (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 12 August 1940 (USA)
Mr. Wong and a girl reporter investigate a shipping magnate's murder.

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William Nigh

Writers:

Michael Jacoby (screenplay) (as Michel Jacoby), Ralph Gilbert Bettison (adaptation) (as Ralph Bettinson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... James Lee Wong
Marjorie Reynolds ... Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan
Grant Withers ... Capt. William Street
William Stelling ... Dick Fleming
Catherine Craig ... Cynthia Wentworth
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Paul Fleming
Henry Brandon ... Attorney Victor Martin
Melvin Lang ... Cyrus B. Wentworth
Wilbur Mack Wilbur Mack ... Matthews
Kenneth Harlan ... Ludlow
Richard Loo ... Tong Leader
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Storyline

Shipping magnate Cyrus Wentworth, downcast over a disaster to his ocean liner 'Wentworth Castle' (carrying, oddly enough, an illicit shipment of Chinese bonds) is shot in his office...at the very moment of kicking out his daughter's fiance Dick Fleming. Of course, Captain Street arrests Dick, but reporter Bobbie Logan, the attractive thorn in Street's side, is so convinced he's wrong that she enlists the help of detective James Lee Wong to find the real killer. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The master of crime cleans up the dirty game of murder!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Condannato a morte 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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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Sunday 3 May 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII televiewers got their first look at it in Los Angeles Monday 28 November 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in New York City Tuesday 11 July 1950 on the Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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In the Tong room scene with Wong, it's obvious that all of the scene, except the "Wentworth Castle" dialogue, was re-used from a previous Wong movie. The most notable clue is the Tong leader changing appearance between shots. See more »

Quotes

Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan: So you still think you've solved it, huh?
Capt. William Street: That's right, I do. Young Fleming did it and if he didn't, I'll eat my hat.
Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan: I'll see that you do.
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Borrowing from reality...
29 March 2005 | by charliecottermanSee all my reviews

Yes, it's the standard 1940's mystery potboiler with borrowed clips from other 'Wong' films, and it's a bit tough following just who did what to who when...but the opening sequences depicting the burned ship 'Wentworth Castle' are actually newsreel sequences of the burned 'Morro Castle', which caught fire on September 9, 1934. She was truly a ship of mystery for her last cruise -- her captain died of a heart attack in his bathtub aboard ship the previous evening. Early the next morning, a fire spread quickly out of control as the first mate tried to move the ship to ease the effects of the wind -- yet no orders were given to send an SOS. The radio operator sent out one on his own initiative, just a few minutes before the ship lost power. She drifted and beached herself at Asbury Park NJ, where the gutted hulk came to rest only a few feet from the famed Boardwalk, making a gruesome tourist attraction. Heavy rumors of cowardice were laid on the crew -- of the first 98 people in lifeboats, 92 of them were crew members. 137 passengers and crew died in the tragedy.


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