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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Part of the Mr. Wong series, 25 April 2010
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Fatal Hour [DVD] [1940] (DVD)
Based on Hugh Wiley's inscrutable Oriental detective Mr. Wong, Boris Karloff is called upon by his detective friend to solve the murder of undercover detective Dan O'Grady that includes smuggling. James Lee Wong informs Capt. Bill Street (Grant Withers) that he can only help if it has something to do with the Orient. He is assured that it does have something to do with Chinatown in San Francisco and that is as close as you need to get to the Orient. They are both assisted by the feisty beautiful newspaper reporter Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan (Marjorie Reynolds.) So once again, Mr. Wong puts his life on the line.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MORE A DETECTIVE MYSTERY THAN HORROR FILM, 17 Jun 2007
This film was including in a horror box set but I will tell you right now: there is no horror in this. None. It is a straight detective story. Yes, Boris Karloff is in it, but that does not make it horror.

What happens is a series of murders, and two detectives (Boris Karloff and Grant Withers) try to solve the case. Karloff plays the smart cop (like a Sherlock Holmes), while Grant Withers is more like Russell Crowe in "LA Confidential" (violent).

I was confused by the casting of Karloff as the Chinese Mr. Wong. He plays Wong in six films, but as far as I can tell Karloff is not Chinese and does not look or sound even vaguely Chinese. So why wouldn't they cast someone else or change the nationality of Karloff's character? I really enjoyed Marjorie Reynolds as the pushy reporter, who was possibly Grant Withers' girlfriend (it is never made clear). She seems to show up at all the critical moments, adding a humorous element to the otherwise straight film. The other great character is Frank Puglia as "Hardway", the career criminal who hangs out around the police station. He was the most interesting character, providing a great red herring (actually this film is full of red herrings).

If you like mysteries and old films, this is one you'll want to give a fair chance to. If old movies bore you, never mind... you'll fall asleep. But I liked it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Wong makes it right, 11 Oct 2007
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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Finally, I make the acquaintance of "Chinese copper" Mr. Wong. I'm a big Boris Karloff fan, but the thought of him playing a Chinese investigator has always struck me as a bit weird. Every so often, the makeup actually makes him look a tiny bit Chinese, but his accent is thoroughly English. No matter, though, because Karloff is a great enough actor to make the part his own, anyway. The film itself is vintage stuff, with all of the 1940s detective movie clichés showing up in spades. You've got the obvious suspect playing it really cool with the cops, the disgruntled policeman determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, and of course the nosy femme fatale journalist always getting in the way but ultimately playing an important part in the end. I had a great time watching Police Captain Street bark orders left and right - he yells at everybody at least once, except for Mr. Wong.

Captain Bill Street (Grant Withers) calls in the help of James Lee Wong (Karloff) when a fellow cop washes up on the beach dead one morning. The dead cop had been investigating a jewelry smuggling ring down on the San Francisco docks, and since there was an Oriental link to that investigation, Wong is happy to step in and provide whatever assistance he can. A tip links the dead cop with the Neptune Club, and that makes the club's sleazy owner, "Hardway" Harry Locket (Frank Puglia), an obvious suspect. Captain Street also finds a mysterious connection to a costume jewelry store owned by Frank Belden, whose son is mixed up with a dame connected to Locket. Things get more complicated as a series of additional murders take place, and Captain Street gets grouchier as the bodies begin to pile up. He's particularly annoyed by Bobbie Logan (Marjorie Reynolds), a newspaper reporter who is always getting in his way and interfering with the investigation. Street is fortunate to have Wong on his side, as his own "yell at him until he confesses" interrogation techniques fail to crack the case wide open. In the same vein, though, Wong is fortunate to have Street backing him up when he succeeds in putting all of the pieces of the puzzle together. That dame reporter proves pretty handy as well, in the end.

This isn't up there with Sherlock Holmes or anything, but Fatal Hour offers up a pretty good whodunit that plays out somewhat unpredictably. The characters are pretty stereotypical, but that's what you expect from a film of this era. Personally, I want my 1940s flat-foots gruff and moody. Karloff's good, but Mr. Wong is too subtle and methodical a character to carry the movie on his own - that's why Grant Withers pretty much makes the movie for me.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THe Fatal Hour, 28 Dec 2013
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this just as the previous films in the collection shows the use of the mind & finding of Clues t bring to a suitable end
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