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Doomed to Die (1940)

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

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Michael Jacoby (screenplay) (as Michel Jacoby), Ralph Gilbert Bettison (story) (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 ... Police Capt. William Street
William Stelling ... Dick Fleming
Catherine Craig ... Cynthia Wentworth
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Paul Fleming
Henry Brandon ... Victor Martin
Melvin Lang ... Cyrus B. Wentworth
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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Trivia

The images of the burning of the fictitious liner Wentworth Castle is taken from actual news footage of the burning of the liner SS Morro Castle. The Morro Castle caught fire on 8 September 1934 during a trip from Havana to New York. The heavy loss of life combined with the beaching of the gutted hulk in New Jersey made it one of the biggest news stories of the day. See more »

Goofs

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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Featured in Terror! Theatre: Doomed to Die (1957) See more »

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Cant go "Wong" here!
17 April 2006 | by VampenguinSee all my reviews

As far as mystery B-movies go, you cant go "Wong" with this one. Karloff returns once again as the famous Chinese detective James Lee Wong to solve the murder of a shipping tycoon. What seems like an open and shut case to Capt. Street (Grant Withers) quickly becomes a web of deceit, lies and murder! I've only seen two Wong films, this and "The Fatal Hour", but I really enjoyed them both, largely due to Capt. Street and his "sidekick" reporter Bobbie Logan. The banter between them is cliché, but often pretty funny anyway. They have great chemistry together on screen. Karloff is, of course, great as Wong. I loved his entrances from the most unlikely places, such as windows or fire escapes. The plot was pretty straight forward, though it was full of red-herrings and false suspects that made the conclusion a bit hard to guess. Not that that's a bad thing mind you, I quite enjoyed the ending. To sum up, I recommend this as well as the slightly better "Fatal Hour" as two of the best mystery B-movies you'll find out there.

8/10


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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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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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