Mr. Wong in The Fatal Hour (January 15, 1940)
Released on January 15, 1940: (running time 66 minutes) Police Captain Smith's best friend is murdered, and Detective James Lee Wong discovers who the cop killer is with the help of reporter Bobbie Logan.
Produced by Scott R. Dulap and William T. Lackey
Directed by William Nigh
Written by Scott Darling and George Waggner from characters created by Hugh Wiley for Colliers Magazine
The Actors: Boris Karloff (Mr. Wong, Detective James Lee Wong), Marjorie Reynolds (Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan), Grant Withers (Captain William Street), Charles Trowbridge (John T. Forbes), Frank Puglia (Harry 'Hardway' Lockett), Craig Reynolds (Frank Belden, Jr.), Lita Chevret (Tanya Serova), Harry Strang (Detective Ballard), Hooper Atchley (Frank Belden Sr.), Jason Robards Sr. (Griswold), Richard Loo (jeweler), Jack Kennedy (Mike, police Sergeant), C.E. Anderson (Cap Anderson), Allan Cavan (Radio station owner), Tristram Coffin (Hotel desk clerk), Nick Copeland (the crank informant), Pauline Drake (Bessie the switchboard operator), Harry Harvey (radio salesman), Elsa Janssen (hotel maid), I. Stanford Jolley (Soapy, Pelican Club headwaiter), Donald Kerr (the drunk), Wilbur Mack (the Police Medical Examiner), Bert Moorhouse (Card Player), James C. Morton (Policeman Clancy), Paul Scardon (Homer Lyons, the informant)
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Chasing a Cop Killer and Smuggled Jewels
Granville “Grant” Withers was born in 1905, and by the time he was eighteen years old he was working as a newspaper reporter for the Los Angeles Record. When he was assigned to cover the funeral of thirty-one-year-old actor Wallace Reid in 1923, he got a taste of the motion picture atmosphere and soon he quit his reporter job and started acting in silent movies.
He was taller than John Wayne, and able to act tough when needed and tender when needed. He could have become as famous as any of the early actors that became legendary figures, but he did not. His acting and screen appearance was as good as any actor, but after over two hundred appearances in movies and television, he is almost forgotten. Almost forgotten, even though he was a leading character in many of his motion pictures.
In this adventure he is the leading man, Police Captain Bill Street. Sure, the star of the movie is Boris Karloff as the famous detective Mr. James Lee Wong, but Grant Withers has as many lines and as much or more face time that the more famous star.
As our mystery opens, Police Captain Bill Street discovers that one of his best friends, who is also a police officer, was brutally murdered. The trail to the cop killer will take us into San Francisco’s Chinatown area as Captain Street and the famous Mr. Wong follow clues and discover more murders along the way. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Boris Karloff and Grant Withers
Boris Karloff and Harry Harvey
Boris Karloff as Detective Wong
Charles Trowbridge and Boris Karloff
Craig Reynolds and Hooper Atchley
Elsa Janssen and Grant Withers
Frank Puglia and Grant Withers
Frank Puglia and I. Stanford Jolley
Grant Withers and C.E. Anderson
Grant Withers and Charles Trowbridge
Hooper Atchley and Jason Robards Sr.
I. Stanford Jolley and Frank Puglia
I. Stanford Jolley
Jack Kennedy and Marjorie Reynolds
Jason Robards Sr. and Jack Kennedy
Lita Chevret and Craig Reynolds
Marjorie Reynolds and Grant Withers
Paul Scardon and Marjorie Reynolds
Pauline Drake, Tristram Coffin and Grant Withers
Tristram Coffin, Grant Withers and Boris Karloff