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The 30's spawned a variety of oriental detectives played by non-oriental actors; Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto to name a few. Mr. Wong is different from his more famous peers. Where the Chan and Moto movies made no effort to conceal racial slurs and stereotypes, the great Boris Karloff brought us a very intelligent and highly educated sleuth. His character was treated with deference in the scripts. Unfortunately, this series was probably the lowest budget series of the three. Grant Withers and Marjorie Reynolds added tremendous humor to what could have been dull drawing room dramas. They bounced clever one liners off each other like ping pong balls against a wall and were both a delight to watch, making up for the often transparent scripts. Karloff brought dignity to his character and was always a treat to watch. There are several Mr. Wong box sets. This 6 movie set has Karloff in the first 5. The sixth "Phantom Over Chinatown" starred Keye Luke in what was to be a completely unrelated movie to the series. There is also a set that is out of print that contains "The Mysterious Mr. Wong" with Bela Lugosi. Again, a movie not related to the series. If anything is a hacked, cliched, stereotyped script that would be an insult to any nationality. And Lugosi who had little regard for his career, except to be seen on the screen, mugs and hams his way through this miserable and forgettable trash. The Keye Luke version is far superior and this is one of two box sets and the least expensive. Both contain six movies. Just remember the wonderful Karloff is only in 5 and unfortunately the teaming of Withers and Reynolds are seen only in the last 3. Although these movies are low budget and the transfers are fair to good, this set is a reminder of how versatile Mr. Karloff was. Although famous for his legendary "monster" roles, this dignified Englishman, could and did play about every type of character in his long career.