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The Fatal Hour (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 15 January 1940 (USA)
When Captain Street's best friend Dan Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong. Mr. Wong uncovers a smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... James Lee Wong
... Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan
... Capt. Bill Street
... John T. Forbes
... Harry 'Hardway' Lockett
... Frank Belden, Jr.
... Tanya Serova
... Det. Ballard
... Frank Belden Sr.
... Griswold (as Jason Robards)
... Jeweler
Jack Kennedy ... Mike, Police Sergeant
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When Captain Street's best friend Dan Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong. Mr. Wong uncovers a smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco and unmasks the killer, though not until several more murders occur. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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15 January 1940 (USA)  »

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A Hora Fatal  »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Los Angeles Monday 21 November 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Salt Lake City Tuesday 27 December 1949 on KSL (Channel 5), and in New York City Saturday 10 June 1950 on Summer Theater on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

When Frank goes to see his father to tell him he is marrying Tanya, a shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving on the wall above them at the top of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Bill Street: I'll see you later.
Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan: Not me, flatfoot. Get one of the nurses out of the receiving hospital. They don't mind a pain in the neck.
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Edited into Who Dunit Theater: Mr Wong "The Fatal Hour" (2016) See more »

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KARLOFF SOLVES THE MYSTERY!
9 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

This was a Wong routine murder mystery, none too well produced, which has as its principal saving grace the suave BORIS KARLOFF...as a master detective. Basically an ordinary story, its failure to impress is largely due to the elemental plot and the inconsistencies which figure. Karloff still made this a classic film series for viewers of many generations.


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