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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)
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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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The Wong series is a strange combination of trying to modernize the image of an Asian sleuth yet surrounding him with symbols and sets that more resemble an opium den.
Wong is clever and smart, all right, but Grant Withers over-acting in a supposedly supporting part is a bit annoying. Debit that to William Nigh who spent most of his career directing Poverty Row whodunnits and by now was sleepwalking his way through the shooting schedule. The series is definitely for movie buffs who delight in the obvious plots and perfidy of the suspects. Despite the many flaws, the price is right to re-live some of the B movies of the thirties (which personally never tire watching).
Actually, seeing Boris Karloff as a Chinese detective is worth the price of admission.
The movies themselves are fine examples of the genre and have the ussual comedy and action while the detective slyly puts it all together and solves the murders. This set is great entertainment when you watch it.It was what would play at the local movies at the time.
Karloff is as always entertaining and the writing is brisk. The films run a little over one hour so the movies move on rapidly.They are fun to watch.
The last movie is Mr.Wong in Phantom of Chinatown. This one has Keye Luke as Mr.Wong and he is the only Asian actor to play the lead in a series programmer that I know of. The story takes place in the early days of Wongs career. These movies are fun and show great skill. They were made on shoestring budgets and the actors who guest starred were probably the best that hollywood never used enough of. i went through the whole series in less than a week and enjoyed all of them.
VCI did a good job with the transfers and also fun extras.
I also squirm when racists make rude remarks about Wong; where Chan and Moto get in a few good pot shots at the racists, Wong mostly ignores them. I guess I'd prefer that Wong lob a few insults of his own instead of taking the high road. If you're interested in this genre and in Karloff, I'd suggest Charlie Chan at the Opera. Karloff stands tall and Chan tosses many pot shots of his own.