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Phantom of Chinatown - 1940 - Remastered Edition

2007

NR
4.3 out of 5 stars (4) IMDb 6.2/10

From the Studio In Phantom of Chinatown, the last of Monogram's 'Mr. Wong' detective series, Keye Luke takes over from Boris Karloff as the Chinese detective Jimmy Lee Wong. Luke, who described himself as a "Cantonese Ham", went on to star in 120 films before his death in 1991.

Starring:
Keye Luke, Lotus Long
Runtime:
1 hour, 0 minutes

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By V. Bernhardt on June 29, 2013
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I gave it 5 stars, but I will say up front if you were hoping for the typical Mr. Wong, kindly mild-mannered middle-aged Chinese detective, this is not going to match that expectation.
Mr. Wong in this film is played by Keye Luke, who is MUCH younger than Boris Karloff. And they wrote the character younger, too. In fact, based on this movie, this is the first time Jimmy Lee Wong has met Detective Street. Is this a prequel? Probably not. Instead of the grumpy bickering Street, this film plays more like a buddy cop movie. Street (Grant Withers) and Wong team up and share evidence to solve the crime. Also, they are both easy on the eyes ;)
For some reason on the description in Prime Instant Video, one of the genres listed is "romance". There's no romance. There's not even a cute female reporter to flirt with Detective Street. Did you know that in one movie his name is Sam and in later movies his name was Bill? Well maybe they're twins.
Point is, there's no romance. You could make a case for the very very last scene, but you could also make a case for "Won't you come over for tea?"
I had so much fun watching this movie. There's an ancient curse, a weird murder, suspicious characters with secrets, and the villain is always one step ahead until a certain point at which Mr. Wong's knowledge of Chinatown and Chinese-American culture helps lead to the hideout. Since he's younger, he gets in some action scenes, especially in the final showdown. I hope the differences to the original Mr. Wong films don't inhibit anyone's enjoyment of this one as a standalone "Detective Street" mystery!
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Love Key Luke in all his roles! Nice for our camping trips.
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A typical 40s/50s with a thin plot.
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I love these old detective movies.
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