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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 »

Director:

William Nigh

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Scott Darling (screenplay), George Waggner (adaptation) (as Joseph West) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... James Lee Wong
Marjorie Reynolds ... Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan
Grant Withers ... Capt. Bill Street
Charles Trowbridge ... John T. Forbes
Frank Puglia ... Harry 'Hardway' Lockett
Craig Reynolds ... Frank Belden, Jr.
Lita Chevret ... Tanya Serova
Harry Strang ... Det. Ballard
Hooper Atchley ... Frank Belden Sr.
Jason Robards Sr. ... Griswold (as Jason Robards)
Richard Loo ... Jeweler
Jack Kennedy Jack Kennedy ... Mike, Police Sergeant
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La hora fatídica 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

William Nigh, who directed this and the other four films in Monogram Pictures' Mr. Wong series, was a prolific director of B movies, with more than 200 titles in his IMDb filmography. Before turning to directing, Nigh had been an actor, whose credits include being one of the original Keystone Kops in silent comedies for Mack Sennett. See more »

Goofs

The execution of the murderer's plot requires precise actions during the minutes between 10:00 and 10:15 p.m., to coordinate the radio, the telephone call to the switchboard girl, etc. If one puts together all the information about times and actions given in the four relevant scenes -- in Forbes's home office with Street and Wong, in Tanya's apartment with the switchboard girl explaining to Street what she heard and when, in Wong's discussion with the radio station owner about when the program started and stopped, and in the final confrontation of the murderer with Wong where he explains the timing of his actions -- one sees that the timing described in all these different scenes can't be harmonized. To give only one of many inconsistencies, when Street and Wong enter Forbes's office it is at most 1 or 2 minutes after 10:00 (based on the henchman's announcement of 10:00), and they are there for much less than 13 or 14 minutes of real-time conversation, yet during their time there they get a call from police headquarters about the murder which the switchboard girl didn't report to the police until after 10:15. 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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A Fun Detective Film
7 June 2015 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

This was a pretty fun Mr. Wong detective story. It has a few comical moments in it and the story was good. Mr. Wong is after a smuggling ring & unmasks a murderer.

The Mr. Wong series is quite fun. If you like any of the Sherlock Holmes movies then it's possible you will like the Mr. Wong series starring Boris Karloff.

What is interesting in this particular film, it features a wireless remote controlled radio. This radio was reality - it was not made up for the film. There is an article about the radio on CNet called "Back to the future: 1939 wireless remote control!" The article's subtitle reads: "Philco's Mystery Control (1939) was a battery-operated radio transmitter, so it didn't have to be in the same room as the radio it was controlling." Also, you can read more about this cool invention on Philco's website. That is a neat trivia fact I just learned about today.

Yes this film is worth watching if you are a fan of detective stories or Boris Karloff.

6/10


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