Doomed to Die (1940)

67 mins | Drama | 12 August 1940

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Shadows over Chinatown . For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Mr. Wong, Detective ... More Less

The working title of this film was Shadows over Chinatown . For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Mr. Wong, Detective . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Aug 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
3 Sep 40
p.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jun 40
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
8 Aug 40
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
3 Aug 40
p. 42.
New York Times
30 Jul 40
p. 16.
Variety
7 Aug 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Scott R. Dunlap, in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Hugh Wiley in the "James Lee Wong" short stories in Collier's .
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Shadows over Chinatown
Release Date:
12 August 1940
Production Date:
began mid June 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 July 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9855
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6505
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Despondent because of his increasing business losses and the tragic loss of his ship, the Wentworth Castle in a fire at sea, shipping magnate Cyrus Wentworth signs his will, leaving everything to his daughter Cynthia. Soon after, Cyrus' business rival, Paul Fleming, offers to consolidate their shipping lines, but Wentworth throws him out of his office. Fleming is in the outer office speaking to Mathews, a Wentworth employee, when his son Dick comes to inform Cyrus that he is planning to marry Cynthia. As Mathews and Fleming listen to the heated argument coming from Cyrus' office, a shot rings out and Cyrus is found dead. The police are summoned and Captain Bill Street arrests Dick for the murder. When Dick claims that he had already left for the office when the shot was fired, Cynthia's friend, reporter Bobby Logan, sends for special detective James Lee Wong to investigate. Suspecting a revenge motive for the shipowner's death, Wong goes to Chinatown to investigate. There he learns that Kai Ling was smuggling bonds from China aboard the Wentworth Castle , and is now missing. Wong also suspects Ludlow, the disgruntled Wentworth chauffeur, and follows him to the shipping office where he watches him burn some documents. After several more shootings, including the murder of Kai Ling, Wong discovers that Ludlow, Kai Ling and attorney Victor Martin were involved in a smuggling ring, and that Ludlow killed Cyrus in order to destroy all evidence of his involvement. Under Wong's scrutiny, the guilty man confesses and Dick is exonerated of all ... +


Despondent because of his increasing business losses and the tragic loss of his ship, the Wentworth Castle in a fire at sea, shipping magnate Cyrus Wentworth signs his will, leaving everything to his daughter Cynthia. Soon after, Cyrus' business rival, Paul Fleming, offers to consolidate their shipping lines, but Wentworth throws him out of his office. Fleming is in the outer office speaking to Mathews, a Wentworth employee, when his son Dick comes to inform Cyrus that he is planning to marry Cynthia. As Mathews and Fleming listen to the heated argument coming from Cyrus' office, a shot rings out and Cyrus is found dead. The police are summoned and Captain Bill Street arrests Dick for the murder. When Dick claims that he had already left for the office when the shot was fired, Cynthia's friend, reporter Bobby Logan, sends for special detective James Lee Wong to investigate. Suspecting a revenge motive for the shipowner's death, Wong goes to Chinatown to investigate. There he learns that Kai Ling was smuggling bonds from China aboard the Wentworth Castle , and is now missing. Wong also suspects Ludlow, the disgruntled Wentworth chauffeur, and follows him to the shipping office where he watches him burn some documents. After several more shootings, including the murder of Kai Ling, Wong discovers that Ludlow, Kai Ling and attorney Victor Martin were involved in a smuggling ring, and that Ludlow killed Cyrus in order to destroy all evidence of his involvement. Under Wong's scrutiny, the guilty man confesses and Dick is exonerated of all murders. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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