Phantom of Chinatown (November 18, 1940)

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Keye Luke and Lotus Long
 

Released on November 18, 1940: Detective Jimmy Wong is at it again, solving a murder involving the theft of an ancient Chinese scroll.

Produced by Paul Malvern

Directed by Phil Rosen

The Actors: Keye Luke (Mr. Wong - James Lee 'Jimmy' Wong), Grant Withers (Police Captain Sam Street), Lotus Long (Win Len, Benton's secretary), Charles Miller (Dr. John Benton), Huntley Gordon (Dr. Norman Wilkes), Virginia Carpenter (Louise Benton), John Dilson (Charlie Frasier, photographer), Paul McVey (Detective Grady), John Holland (co-pilot Mason), Richard Terry (Toreno), Robert Kellard (pilot Tommy Dean), Willy Castello (Jonas, Benton's butler), Lee Tung Foo (Foo, Jimmy's cook), Lynton Brent (radio news broadcaster), Jack Cheatham (cop on the stakeout), Heinie Conklin (detective in refrigerator), William Gould (policeman), Bruce Mitchell (police officer at the front door), William J. O'Brien (extra in audience at the lecture), Victor Wong (Charley Won)

 

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The Secret of the Eternal Fire

Luk Shek Kee was born in Guangzhou, China in 1904, but during the worldwide Great Depression of the 1903’s his family emigrated to the U.S., settling in Seatle, Washington. His father owned an art shop, and the famous Seattle Wing Luke Asian Museum, today part of the Smithsonian Institution, was named after his family.

Luk Shek Kee was a talented artist, and worked for motion picture studios designing movie posters. In 1934 he was offered a role in a Greta Garbo movie set in China, as Keye Luke. Besides Greta Garbo, the movie featured Warner Oland. Warner Oland was born in Sweden, but became famous in Hollywood playing the part of Chinese detective Charlie Chan.

Keye Luke must have impressed Warner Oland, because after this movie Warner Oland filmed his seventh Charley Chan adventure – with Keye Luke taking the part of his ‘Number One Son.’ Keye Luke became one of the most famous Chinese actors in classic Hollywood, appearing in more than 200 motion pictures and television shows.

In this adventure he takes the part of Chinese detective Jimmy Wong, a part played by Boris Karloff in the five Mr. Wong movies before this one. As our adventure opens we meet a University archeologist who has just returned from an expedition in China in search of the ruins of an emperor of the Ming Dynasty. As the professor is showing movies of his discoveries he pauses to enjoy a sip of fresh water from a glass on the desk in front of him. Slowly he strangles and falls to the ground, dead from a mysterious Chinese poison. It will be up to Jimmy Wong to help Homicide Detective Street unravel the Chinese mystery of the eternal fire. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Charles Miller
Charles Miller
Grant Withers and Keye Luke
Grant Withers and Keye Luke
Anne Gwynne and Peter Cookson at the bar
John Dilson
John Holland and John Dilson
John Holland and John Dilson
John Holland and Richard Terry
John Holland and Richard Terry
Keye Luke
Keye Luke
Keye Luke and Grant Withers
Keye Luke and Grant Withers
Keye Luke and Richard Terry
Keye Luke and Richard Terry
Keye Luke and Robert Kellard
Keye Luke and Robert Kellard
Keye Luke
Keye Luke
Lotus Long
Lotus Long
Lotus Long
Lotus Long
Paul McVey an Grant Withers
Paul McVey an Grant Withers
Paul McVey an Grant Withers
Paul McVey an Grant Withers
Robert Kellard and Virginia Carpenter
Robert Kellard and Virginia Carpenter
Willy Castello
Willy Castello