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Mr. Wong, Detective
     

Mr. Wong, Detective

Director: William Nigh

Cast: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Evelyn Brent

 

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The first of six Mr. Wong whodunits, Mr. Wong Detective presented Boris Karloff as pulp writer Hugh Wiley's Oxford-educated Oriental sleuth. Wong is visited by Simon Dayton (John Hamilton), an industrialist fearing for his life. Dayton and his partners Meisle (William Gould) and Wilk (Hooper Atchley) have been selling a poison gas invented by Roemer (John St.

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The first of six Mr. Wong whodunits, Mr. Wong Detective presented Boris Karloff as pulp writer Hugh Wiley's Oxford-educated Oriental sleuth. Wong is visited by Simon Dayton (John Hamilton), an industrialist fearing for his life. Dayton and his partners Meisle (William Gould) and Wilk (Hooper Atchley) have been selling a poison gas invented by Roemer (John St. Polis), who, feeling cheated out of the deal, shows up in Dayton's office waving a gun. Minutes later, Dayton is found murdered by his secretary, Myra Ross (Maxine Jennings). Police Captain Sam Street (Grant Withers), Myra's boyfriend, immediately puts Roemer under arrest. Wong is not convinced of the man's guilt, especially after discovering a broken piece of glass near the body. During the ongoing investigation, the two remaining partners are also slain, but who done it? Are the killers foreign-accented Baron Anton Mohl (Lucien Prival) and his beautiful Brooklyn-born associate who calls herself Countess Dubois (Evelyn Brent)? Or did Roemer do the dirty deed? Could the dead man's nosy office manager (Wilbur Mack) have committed the crime and does Mrs. Roemer (Grace Wood) know more than she is telling? As Mr. Wong discovers, the answer is to be found in the origin and purpose of the mysterious pieces of glass found near each victim.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Usually dismissed as a poor man's Charlie Chan and a blot on the career of Boris Karloff, the opener of the 1938-1940 Monogram series is actually a well-acted and quite suspenseful whodunit. Only this time around, the "who" is not nearly as important as the "how" and the denouement proves startlingly simple and logical, at least if one is willing to employ "pulp fiction logic." Although made up to look vaguely Asian (not too difficult a task), Karloff eschews the stereotypical cadences and cute sayings of those rival Asian sleuths Mr. Moto and Charlie Chan and is thus rather more believable than either. The rest of the cast behaves as you would expect, including Grant Withers, who appeared in five of the six films as the ubiquitous dumb police detective.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2002
UPC:
0089218331694
Original Release:
1938
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
65,079

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff James Lee Wong
Grant Withers Capt. Bill Street
Evelyn Brent Olga
Maxine Jennings Myra, Dayton's Secretary
Lucien Prival Mohl
William Gould Meisel
John Hamilton Dayton
Hooper Atchley Wilk
Frank Bruno Lascari
George Lloyd Devlin
Lynton Brent Actor
Lee Tung Foo Tchain
Grace Wood Actor
John St. Polis Karl Roemer
Wilbur Mack Russell

Technical Credits
William Nigh Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Houston Branch Screenwriter
Scott R. Dunlap Producer
William T. Lackey Producer
Abe Meyer Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Neumann Cinematographer
Russell Schoengarth Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mr. Wong, Detective
2. Chapter 1 [16:00]
3. Chapter 2 [16:38]
4. Chapter 3 [11:18]
5. Chapter 4 [15:27]

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