Mr Wong, Doomed to Die (August 12, 1940)
Released on August 12, 1940: When a powerful shipping magnate is killed, only Mr. Wong and a young lady reporter can solve the mystery.
Directed by William Nigh
Written by Michael Jacoby and Ralph Gilbert from characters created by Hugh Wiley for Colliers Magazine.
The Actors: Boris Karloff (Mr. Wong - James Lee Wong), Marjorie Reynolds (Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan), Grant Withers (Captain William Street), William Stelling (Dick Fleming), Catherine Craig (Cynthia Wentworth), Guy Usher (Paul Fleming), Henry Brandon (Attorney Victor Martin), Melvin Lang (Cyrus B. Wentworth), Wilbur Mack (Matthews), Kenneth Harlan (Ludlow), Richard Loo (Tong leader), Tristram Coffin (Mr. Baldwin the adjuster), Mike Donovan (Detective Mike), Gibson Gowland (doctor), Jack Kennedy (Police Sergeant), Maxine Leslie (Miss Reed, secretary), Moy Ming (old Tong member), Angelo Rossitto (newsboy number 3 in the montage), Bill Willmering (Detective Blake)
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The Elopement Will Be Delayed by Murder
If you intend to elope with your sweetheart, it is probably best if you refrain from murdering your new father-in-law when you tell him you are eloping with his daughter . . . .
Old man Wentworth owns a shipping line that has just suffered the loss of a ship and its cargo. The ship mysteriously caught fire and sank, but not to worry, as our adventure opens an insurance adjuster has a check for Mr. Wentworth for the full amount of the loss.
After the insurance man leaves, a business rival visits Wentworth and offers his condolences on the loss of his ship, and then the business rival repeats an offer to merge with Wentworth.
Wentworth doesn’t hide his hatred of the business rival, and tells him that nothing will convince him to merge their businesses . . . . Nothing . . . . Not even the marriage of his daughter to his business rival's son.
As the business rival is leaving, he meets his son, who is coming to inform Wentworth that he and Wentworth’s daughter are on their way to get married, with or without Wentworth’s permission.
Wentworth and the son of the other man argue loudly while the boy’s father is in the outer office with one of Wentworth’s employees listening to the shouting match. Suddenly they hear a shot being fired in Wentworth’s office.
Wentworth’s employee and the business rival burst into the office and discover Wentworth lying dead on the floor, with a gun beside his body.
The son of the business rival is gone, and the gun used to kill Wentworth belongs to the son. This is sure to ruin the wedding and the son’s relationship with his soon-to-be Mother-in-law, now a widow.
Will it be possible for Chinese detective James Lee Wong to clear the young man of murdering his soon-to-be Father-in-law? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Bill Willmering and a uniformed police driver
Boris Karloff and Kenneth Harlan
Boris Karloff and Marjorie Reynolds
Catherine Craig and William Stelling
Grant Withers, Guy Usher and Boris Karloff
Grant Withers and Guy Usher
Grant Withers and Kenneth Harlan
Guy Usher, Catherine Craig and Marjorie Reynolds
Guy Usher and William Stelling
Henry Brandon, Catherine Craig and William Stelling
Marjorie Reynolds, Catherine Craig and William Stelling
Marjorie Reynolds and Catherine Craig
Marjorie Reynolds and Grant Withers
Marjorie Reynolds and Henry Brandon
Melvin Lang and Guy Usher
Melvin Lang and Henry Brandon
Melvin Lang and William Stelling
Richard Loo and Boris Karloff
Wilbur Mack and Grant Withers
William Stelling and Grant Withers