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Mr. Wong, Detective


From IMDb: When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal the formula for a poison gas being developed by the first victim's company. Stars Boris Karloff, Grant Withers and Maxine Jennings The Mr. Wong series of films Mr. Wong, Detective The Mystery of Mr. Wong Mr. Wong in Chinatown The Fatal Hour Doomed to Die Phantom of Chinatown

Mr. Wong, Detective is a 1938 American crime film directed by William Nigh and starring Boris Karloff in his first appearance as Mr. Wong (James Lee Wong).


Simon Dayton is in fear for his life and seeks the help of Mr. Wong to protect him. Just prior to meeting Mr. Wong, Dayton is found dead in his office without a mark on him with several witnesses testifying Dayton was alone in his office that was locked from the inside. Though the police view Dayton's death as due to a heart attack, Mr. Wong discovers a broken glass ball that contained poison gas.
Among the suspects are agents of a foreign power wishing to stop Dayton's chemicals being sent to use on the foreign power in the form of the same poison gas that killed Dayton, Dayton's business partners who will have Dayton's share of the business come to them after Dayton's death and the actual inventor of the chemical who has been cheated out of profits and recognition by Dayton.


  • Boris Karloff as Mr. James Lee Wong
  • Grant Withers as Captain Sam Street
  • Maxine Jennings as Myra Ross, Dayton's Secretary
  • Evelyn Brent as Olga Petroff / Countess Dubois / Sophie Dome
  • George Lloyd (actor) as Detective Lt. Devlin
  • Lucien Prival as Anton Mohl, aka Baron Von Krantz
  • John St. Polis as Carl Roemer, Poison Gas Inventor
  • William Gould (actor) as Theodore Meisel, Dayton's Partner
  • Hooper Atchley as Christian Wilk, Dayton's Partner
  • Neil Hamilton (actor) as Simon Dayton, President Dayton Chemical Co.
  • Wilbur Mack as Russell, Dayton's Office Manager
  • Lee Tung Foo as Tchin, Wong's Servant (as Lee Tong Foo)
  • Lynton Brent as Detective Tommy
  • Grace Wood as Mrs. Carl Roemer

Category:1938 films
Category:1930s crime films
Category:American films
Category:American crime films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films directed by William Nigh
Category:Monogram Pictures films
Category:Films set in San Francisco, California


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