Phantom of Chinatown

Phantom of Chinatown

Director: Phil Rosen, Keye Luke, Lotus Long, Grant Withers

Cast: Phil Rosen, Keye Luke, Lotus Long, Grant Withers

     
 

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In the last of Monogram's "Mr. Wong" whodunits, Keye Luke takes over from Boris Karloff as the Chinese detective Jimmy Lee Wong, more of an amateur sleuth, really, than his eminent predecessor. The subject for Wong's examination is the poisoning of Dr. Benton (Charles F. Miller), the leader of an expedition to Mongolia and the possessor of a mysterious and seemingly

Overview

In the last of Monogram's "Mr. Wong" whodunits, Keye Luke takes over from Boris Karloff as the Chinese detective Jimmy Lee Wong, more of an amateur sleuth, really, than his eminent predecessor. The subject for Wong's examination is the poisoning of Dr. Benton (Charles F. Miller), the leader of an expedition to Mongolia and the possessor of a mysterious and seemingly deadly scroll. With Captain Street (Grant Withers) and the dead man's Chinese secretary (Lotus Long alternately aiding and obstructing the investigation, Wong gets to the bottom of things within the expected 68 minutes or so by using himself as a decoy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Despite its low-budget pulp fiction origins, this whodunit is a milestone of sorts as the first Hollywood film to star Asians since the early silent days of Sessue Hayakawa and Tsuru Aoki. Not that Keye Luke and Lotus Long are in their class exactly but they remain the genuine article, no fake-looking "Oriental" spirit gum makeup necessary. Luke's Jimmy Lee Wong's relationship to that eminent detective Mr. James Lee Wong, whom Karloff had played in the previous five films, is merely hinted at here when faithful retainer Lee Tung Foo alludes to the young man's absent "father." In concocting their fanciful tale, the Monogram hacks undoubtedly sneaked a peek at Universal, where the somewhat similar The Mummy's Hand was in progress, and although no phantom actually appears, there is plenty of highfalutin' talk about sarcophaguses, mysterious scrolls and dire curses.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2003
UPC:
0089218411792
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:02:00
Sales rank:
52,624

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keye Luke Jimmy Wong
Lotus Long Win Len
Grant Withers Captain Street
Paul McVey Grady
Charles Miller Dr. John Benton
Virginia Carpenter Louise Benton
Lee Tung Foo Foo
Huntly Gordon Wilkes
John Holland Mason
Robert Kellard Tommy Dean
Jack Perrin Actor
John Dilson Charles Fraser
Richard Terry Actor
Willy Castello Jonas
Victor Wong Charley One

Technical Credits
Phil Rosen Director
Ralph Gilbert Bettinson Original Story
Charles Clague Art Director
Fred Jackman Cinematographer
Edward Kay Score Composer
Paul Malvern Producer
Dave Milton Set Decoration/Design
Jack W. Ogilvie Editor
George Waggner Screenwriter
Joseph West Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [10:28]
2. Chapter 2 [10:16]
3. Chapter 3 [9:16]
4. Chapter 4 [10:38]
5. Chapter 5 [11:42]
6. Chapter 6 [8:46]

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