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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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 »

Company Credits

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

This film received its initial USA telecast Sunday 22 February 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in Los Angeles Monday 5 December 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Wednesday 10 May 1950 on the Night Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

Quotes

[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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A second instalment that improves on its predecessor
7 December 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

That is not to knock Mr Wong, Detective, it wasn't a great film but it was an entertaining one. But The Mystery of Mr Wong seemed visually more refined and just better executed in general. It does suffer from a surprising but rather underdeveloped final solution(much more could have been done to explain the reason behind the crimes) and Dorothy Tree's- a very elegant woman- at times over-emotive acting. However, where The Mystery of Mr Wong most improves on from Mr Wong, Detective is the look of the film and the pacing. The production values are not big-budget, but they are noticeably more refined in editing and photography than in its predecessor. The pacing also is much crisper and maintains interest throughout instead of having the odd lull. The music is jaunty and haunting that suits the atmosphere evoked really well, the dialogue is witty and thoughtful and the story has a good mystery and does it with a diverting atmosphere, good amounts of suspense and use of clues and a sense of fun. The film is solidly directed and the acting is mostly very competent, though only Boris Karloff is very good standard(what to expect from a great actor who made the most always of what he had?). All in all, not perfect but good fun and its improves over Mr Wong, Detective. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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