The Mystery of Mr. Wong (March 8, 1939)
Released on March 8, 1939: (running time 1 hour and 10 minutes) Death follows famous detective James Lee Wong as he searches for the stolen jewel, "The Eye of the Daughter of the Moon."
Produced by William T. Lackey
Directed by William Nigh
Written by Scott Darling from a novel by Hugh Wiley
The Actors: Boris Karloff (Mr. James Lee Wong), Grant Withers (Police Captain Bill Street), Dorothy Tree (Valerie Edwards), Craig Reynolds (Peter Harrison), Ivan Lebedeff (Michael Strogonoff), Holmes Herbert (Professor Ed Janney), Morgan Wallace (Brendan Edwards), Lotus Long (Drina, Edwards' maid), Chester Gan (Sing, Edwards' butler), Hooper Atchley (Carslake, Edwards' attorney), Bruce Wong (Asian man), Jack Kennedy (uniformed policeman at the mansion), Joe Devlin (Police Lieutenant George Devlin, Street's partner), Lee Tung Foo (Willie, Wong's servant), Wilbur Mack (the ballistics expert), Dick Morehead (Police detective), I. Stanford Jolley (the first rower charades player)
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The Blank Bullet and the Eye of the Daughter of the Moon
Like the best detective murder mysteries, there are many great clues, leading to many great suspects, and a mystery that remains unsolved until the final scenes. I chose a suspect early on, and then switched to another, and then another. Sadly, none of my choices turned out to be the correct choice.
As our mystery begins, we meet wealthy Brendan Edwards, collector of Oriental treasures, who has just purchased a priceless giant gemstone named the Eye of the Daughter of the Moon. We meet his young wife, her secret lover, a budding musician protégé, and the household maid, a young Chinese girl. She is actress Lotus Long.
She was born Lotus Pearl Shibata in New Jersey of Japanese and Hawaiian heritage. During filming of her second part in a motion picture she met and fell in love with cameraman James Knott, and shortly after the end of filming that movie they were married, remaining together and in love the rest of their lives..
She wisely chose the screen name ‘Lotus Long,’ a name that sounded more Chinese than Japanese. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, when Japanese-Americans were required to leave their homes and jobs to move into guarded internment camps, she was not required to give up her career to live in the confines of an internment camp in large part because of her Chinese sounding name.
When the wealthy collector is murdered in front of Mr. Wong and a room full of party guests, how difficult will it be for Mr. Wong to untangle all of the clues? How long will it take you to untangle all of the clues? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
The threatening note
Boris Karloff, Chester Gan and Grant Withers
Boris Karloff and Chester Gan
Boris Karloff and Dorothy Tree
Boris Karloff and Grant Withers
Boris Karloff and Holmes Herbert
Boris Karloff, Ivan Lebedeff and Holmes Herbert
Chester Gan, Boris Karloff and Holmes Herbert
Craig Reynolds, Boris Karloff and Ivan Lebedeff
Craig Reynolds and Dorothy Tree
Craig Reynolds and Ivan Lebedeff
Dorothy Tree and Craig Reynolds
Dorothy Tree and Morgan Wallace
Grant Withers, Joe Devlin and Boris Karloff
Holmes Herbert and Dorothy Tree
Hooper Atchley, Grant Withers and Boris Karloff
Ivan Lebedeff and Boris Karloff
Joe Devlin, Boris Karloff and Grant Withers
Joe Devlin and Jack Kennedy
Lotus Long and Ivan Lebedeff
Lotus Long and Morgan Wallace
Morgan Wallace and Boris Karloff
Morgan Wallace and Boris Karloff
Wilbur Mack, Boris Karloff and Grant Withers