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Mr Wong Detective [DVD]

Boris Karloff , William Nigh , Grant Withers    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Actors: Boris Karloff
  • Directors: William Nigh, Grant Withers
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Elstree Hill
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004X5OU6S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,601 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A chemical manufacturer is killed soon after seeking assistance from James Wong, with Wong investigating this and two other subsequent murders. He soon uncovers an international spy ring looking to steal a poison gas formula. Boris Karloff - Mr. James Lee Wong Grant Withers - Captain Sam Street Maxine Jennings - Myra Ross, Dayton's Secretary Evelyn Brent - Olga Petroff / Countess Dubois / Sophie Dome George Lloyd - Detective Lt. Devlin Lucien Prival - Anton Mohl, aka Baron Von Krantz John St. Polis - Carl Roemer, Poison Gas Inventor William Gould - Theodore Meisel, Dayton's Partner Hooper Atchley - Christian Wilk, Dayton's Partner John Hamilton - Simon Dayton, President Dayton Chemical Co. Wilbur Mack - Russell, Dayton's Office Manager Lee Tong Foo - Tchin, Wong's Servant Lynton Brent - Detective Tommy Grace Wood - Mrs. Carl Roemer Written by Houston Branch & Hugh Wiley Directed by William Nigh DVD 5: PAL: Black & White

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Wong Detictive 28 Dec 2013
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Boris Karloff plays the part very well in the same kind of mould as Charlie Chan i find it plesant & easy to watch
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just interesting enough to keep watching 14 Mar 2013
By Christopher Hivner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Boris Karloff plays James Lee Wong, a Chinese private detective. Little is done to convince you he is Chinese apart from the name. He doesn't look the part and Karloff doesn't hide his English accent. The plot of the film begins with a businessman coming to Wong for help. He feels he is in danger but can't explain why or from whom. Wong doesn't get a chance to start investigating before the man drops dead in his office the next day. His business partners are obvious suspects as they have all just signed a document giving ownership to the other two if one dies. There is another suspect, Carl Roemer, who has developed a formula that he believes the dead man stole from him. Just before the man died, Roemer had threatened him with a gun.

The police investigate working with Wong which is good because the police in this movie were as dumb as bricks. The other business partners die one by one which leaves Roemer as the only viable suspect but it takes Wong to figure out the clever way he killed them when they always died alone, locked in a room.

This movie is another one of those enjoyable to watch but nothing spectacular movies. The plot is just interesting enough to make you want to see how it all turns out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Detective James Lee Wong (Boris Karloff) 11 July 2009
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Not to be out detected by Charlie Chan or Mr. Moto, the Oxford-educated oriental sleuth Mr. James Lee Wong (Boris Karloff) has his own series of movies. This is the first and considered the best.

A businessman suspects that he is about to be murdered. He enlists the help of James Lee Wong "detective". Naturally this is a 10 O'clock appointment for the next day. You guessed it; it was the "Wong" move, as he was too late.

You will be familiar with all the elements of this mystery. However these elements were very well put together in this film. Yep, everyone is acting very suspicious, and as usual, it is the last person you would suspect.

Looks like a choice of price versus quality. This copy is not been restored. There other versions that have been restored. However, you get ten minutes into the film and get so intrigued in the mystery that you forget all about quality.

Isle of the Dead / Bedlam
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Boris Karloff's first case as detective James Lee Wong 23 Jun 2004
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Having been the guest star in "Charlie Chan at the Opera," Boris Karloff takes his own turn at being a brilliant Chinese detective in "Mr. Wong, Detective," in an obvious effort by Monogram, a poverty row studio, to capitalize on the popular Charlie Chan series. When Simon Dayton (John Hamilton), a chemical manufacturer in San Francisco receives anonymous death threats after his company begins making poision gas, he seeks the help of James Lee Wong. Of course, the next day the man is killed by his own gas, quickly followed by two of his business partners. Soon Mr. Wong and Police Captain Street (Grant Withers) are on the trail of a group of foreign spies who want to steal the formula for the poison gas.
This is an okay mystery of this type and I really thought they came up with a rather ingenious way of delivering the poison gas (remember the fear that people had of such a weapon after World War I). The plot is better than the acting, but that is standard for a film put out by Monogram (they did sixteen John Wayne B Westerns earlier in the decade). This 1938 film was directed by William Nigh and is based on the stories of Hugh Wiley, and gave Karloff something to do besides monster movies. You do not really buy that he is Chinese, but he does bring a certain dignity to the role, which is nice to see given the time when this film was made.
Ironically, while the Mr. Wong films were made to capitalize on the success of Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto, "Mr. Wong, Detective" was remade in 1948 as a Charlie Chan film, "Docks of New Orleans" (when Monogram finally bought the rights to the series they apparently had no money left to buy a new script). There were six Mr. Wong films, all made relatively quickly and cheaply. As you would expect, if you have seen one you have essentially seen them all. They are minor diversions at best.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Wong Detective 16 April 2014
By Robert R. Dale - Published on Amazon.com
This is a well-done movie from the 1930's. The sets, backgrounds, and settings are good and evoke a feeling of yesteryear. At first, the idea of Boris Karloff playing an oriental seems like miscasting - - - but, think of how often 'cross ethnic' roles exist, and the idea doesn't seem so strange at all. Mr. Karloff does a fine job - - - low key with no mugging or overdone [supposed] Oriental characteristics. A fun movie .
4.0 out of 5 stars For Karloff every charactor is Karloff. Hilarious. 17 Aug 2014
By Brian Parks - Published on Amazon.com
It's not that any one thing about it was good. It was the time travel aspect of seeing the world of the 30s through the lens of the lowest of B movies. That was the deal with Karloff? He didn't even try to look or sound Japanese. Was Mr Wong a Brit?
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