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Mr. Wong, Detective - The Complete Collection (Mr. Wong, Detective / The Mystery of Mr. Wong / Mr. Wong in Chinatown / The Fatal Hour / Doomed to Die / Phantom of Chinatown) (2008)

Boris Karloff , Keye Luke , William Nigh , Phil Rosen  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Keye Luke, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings, Dorothy Tree
  • Directors: William Nigh, Phil Rosen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 403 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013K1AK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mr. Wong, Detective - The Complete Collection (Mr. Wong, Detective / The Mystery of Mr. Wong / Mr. Wong in Chinatown / The Fatal Hour / Doomed to Die / Phantom of Chinatown)" on IMDb

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Six Mr. Wong features you won't want to miss! Mr. Wong Detective; Mystery of Mr. Wong; Mr. Wong in Chinatown; Doomed to Die; The Fatal Hour and Phantom of Chinatown (1938-1940.) Bonus Features: Scene Selection| Photo Gallery| Bonus Serial Chapter: Red Barry (1938) - Chapter 1| Classic Boris Karloff Movie Trailers| Classic Cartoons of the Era Product Specs: 2-DVD9s; Dolby Digital; 403 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1938-1940; SRP - $19.99

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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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VCI Entertainment presents "MR. WONG, DETECTIVE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION" (1938-1940) (403 mins) (In Glorious Black & White/Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt) was an English actor who emigrated to Canada in the 1910s --- He is best known for his roles in horror films and his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster in the 1931 film Frankenstein --- His popularity following Frankenstein in the early 1930s was such that for a brief time he was billed simply as "Karloff" --- In contrast to the characters he played on screen, Karloff was known in real life as a very kind gentleman who gave generously, especially to children's charities --- Karloff was also a charter member of the Screen Actors Guild, and was especially outspoken regarding working conditions on sets (some extremely hazardous) that actors were expected to deal with in the mid-1930s.

In the next few paragraphs are reviews of Mr. Wong, the detective played to the hilt by Boris Karloff --- 1938-1940 Monogram series with suspenseful whodunit --- ask the question as the "how" in each of his cases to be solved --- Although made up to look vaguely Asian, Karloff eschews the stereotypical cadences and one liner sayings of those rival Asian sleuths Mr. Moto and Charlie Chan and is more believable than both detectives --- Karloff as Mr. Wong is still up there with the best of them for mysteries and suspense in the film annuals.

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1. Boris Karloff (aka: William Henry Pratt)
Date of Birth: 23 November 1887 - Camberwell, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 2 February 1969 - Midhurst, Sussex, England, UK

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good April 2, 2008
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I don't remember seeing this when I was young. I am 61 and don't know how I miss Mr. Wong, but it was great to see this for the first time. It had some good "who done it" and kept you to the end. It is not perfect, but I really enjoyed it. Worth the buy

John Ga, Usa
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Monogram's Mr. Wong series may have been very obviously intended to cash in on the success of the Charlie Chan films and a couple would ironically be remade as genuine Charlie Chan film itself less than a decade later, but Boris Karloff's Chinese detective is a very different cup of tea, and not just because his makeup makes him look more Japanese. He's a much more upmarket sleuth, unfailingly polite but not as self-effacing (he's every inch the educated gentleman rather than a humble servant) and able to talk without lapsing into homilies. He's also treated not just as an equal but as a superior, albeit by virtue of his academic qualifications, class, money and inherent good taste.

Being a not quite poverty row production, Mr. Wong, Detective (remade in 1948 as a Charlie Chan film itself, Docks of New Orleans) is a modestly staged affair, but the means by which a group of businessmen (John Hamilton, Perry White from TV's Adventures of Superman among them) are killed is rather neat - especially the trigger mechanism which guarantees the cavalry won't come to your rescue. Being 1938 with the clouds of war drawing closer there's a trio of suspects who represent Germany, Italy and Russia, one of them (Lucien Prival) even looking like a bargain basement Erich Von Stroheim. Bill Nigh's direction makes the most of his modest resources, establishing the template for the chalk-and-cheese but mutually respectful relationship between Grant Withers' brash Detective Street (not yet saddled with Marjorie Reynolds' regular go-getting reporter girlfriend) and Karloff's soft-spoken, patient Wong that would be the backbone of the series.

The Mystery of Mr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Boris... August 14, 2011
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I abslultely love this series. Boris Karloff as Mr. Wong, a San Francisco detective. I think he's most unlike Charlie Chan, but of course it's hard not to make comparisons. I was most touched to see how lovely Mr. Karloff's hands are and how he uses them to his best advantage, he is an elegant gentleman. I watch a 9 year old boy after school now and then, and I've taken it upon myself to show him what things were like in the old days, and my days. He really enjoyed these Mr. Wong films, and asked to watch them when he came...I think in this day and age, that's a high recommendation!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Wong with Boris Karloff January 6, 2009
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This DVD contains all six films. I like the Mr Wong films. They were made between Boris Karloff's Frankenstein Films. The films are for the most part of good quality. The only problem with the DVD is that you have to watch all films at one time. You cannot select individual films.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Suprise! August 16, 2008
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I had no idea Boris Karloff was such a versatile actor. The movies show a completely different side to his character and acting skill. Well worth the money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MR WONG April 20, 2008
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ITS HARD TO CONCEIVE BORIS KARLOFF AS AN ASIAN, WITH HIS SPEECH AND HEIGHT.
BUT HE PULLS IT OFF WITH SOME GOOD MOVIES.
SOME OF THE SCRIPTS WERE USED IN OTHER MOVIES OF THE ERA, BUT ITS STILL GOOD VIEWING.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Famous Chinese Detective Runoff October 18, 2009
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When Warner Oland's run as Charlie Chan ended in 1938, the race was on for a new chinese detective. The first entries were Charlie Chan in Honolulu (Sidney Toler) and Mr. Wong Detective (Boris Karloff.) The Chan movies continued on, while the Wong movies sputtered out.

Who is Mr. Wong? He is strictly a local detective, never straying far from Chinatown. He is a gentleman, who speaks softly and is clearly amused by the bark and bluster of the other characters. With his expertise in arcane subjects and ties to a Chinese tong, he aids Captain Street in solving all crimes chinese.

Captain Street is big, tall, and domineering. He impatiently draws conclusions, and in some cases, before he examines the murder scene! He is brash, boorish, loud, insulting, and of course, he has women problems. In the first film he has a girl friend, just barely; in the second he has none; and in the third he begins dating Bobby Logan.

Bobby, a newspaper reporter, is always nosing around the station looking for a scoop. Unbelievably, this sexy, vivacious, spunky reporter is hot for this big lug. It is fun to watch their tiffs and antics. By the fifth film, Street's incessant rudeness wears thin, and when he violates her feather, well, that was probably the last straw, because by the sixth film she is gone.

These are good films, except the last one, in which Keye Luke gives a tepid performance as Wong.

A reprieve: The script for Mr. Wong in Chinatown was later reused in The Chinese Ring, a Charlie Chan (Roland Winters) film. Watching these side-by-side, it is obvious that Wong wins one after all!

Picture is usually good, sometimes grainy, but overall watchable. Sound is good, but occasional faint thumping in last film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you love Charlie Chan try this out
I really enjoyed these films. Of course Boris Karloff as a Chinese detective is quite the stretch. It seems wrong on so many levels. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Webwar
4.0 out of 5 stars Must be seen to be believed
Elsewhere, I had read that Karloff's portrayal of Hugh Wiley's James Wong, Detective before I searched for the series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Ivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection
This is good for what it is. I enjoy early 1900 mysteries and plan on collecting as many as I can. Nice not to have the wits scared out of you like modern-day movies can do.
Published 2 months ago by Joan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating view of Boris Karloff
I bought this collection because I saw Boris Karloff as Mr. Wong on one of my Mystery Classics DVDs. I enjoyed him as Wong. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Duggan
3.0 out of 5 stars ?
Was not what I expected.....
Was thinking more like Charle Chan or Poirot.
Hero not the main star not the Dom not finding all the clues before any one else
Published 4 months ago by james ingold
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
This collection of Mr. Wong movies is very good for both picture and sound quality. One movie in the set stars Key Luke as Mr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by George B. Haddock
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Wong, another Oriental Detective...
Fun old time detective mysteries somewhat like Charlie Chan. A bit outdated but great with Popcorn and beats most of the shows on TV!
Published 8 months ago by DragonHeart
5.0 out of 5 stars Boris Karloff does a good job here
I am a Charlie Chan fan, but needed more of the same for a change of pace. I found these stories starring Boris Karloff and was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 8 months ago by popinjey
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Wong was an excellent Dectective and Boris Karloff was Great
The Mr Wong DVDs were well made. I enjoyed the stroylines and Boris Karloff did an excellent job as Mr. Wong. It is too bad he did not do more of these films.
Published 9 months ago by DYI-Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with Karloff
I had no idea Boris Karloff had ever played a Chinese detective until I ran across an episode in a compilation of old mysteries. Read more
Published 9 months ago by DM Tucson
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