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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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.
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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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.
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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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never get tired of boris Karloff. very nice collection of movies very fast shipmentPublished 6 months ago by Allen L Stanley
no subtitles. At times very hard to understand what they are saying.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
theserare cuts were at the time shot in meager sets but are still held as quite remarkable i agree you will tooPublished 12 months ago by tim huxoll