Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)

70 mins | Drama | 1 August 1939

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HISTORY

This film was remade by Monogram in 1947, under the title The Chinese Ring . That film was part of the studio's "Charlie Chan" series For additional information about the "Mr. Wong" series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Mr. Wong, Detective ... More Less

This film was remade by Monogram in 1947, under the title The Chinese Ring . That film was part of the studio's "Charlie Chan" series For additional information about the "Mr. Wong" series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Mr. Wong, Detective . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
14 Jul 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Jul 39
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Jul 39
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jul 39
p. 50.
Variety
2 Aug 39
p. 18.
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
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Hugh Wiley in the "James Lee Wong" short stories in Collier's .
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
1 August 1939
Production Date:
14405
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 July 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8991
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5515
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Chinese Princess Lin Hwa is murdered in the home of eminent detective James Lee Wong, the only clue to her killer is her hastily scribbled note reading "Captain J." Inspector Street is summoned to the scene of the crime and is followed by reporter Bobby Logan, who identifies the victim as a Chinese princess. Wong turns to the Tong for information and discovers that the princess was on a mission to buy arms for her brother's army. The princess brought with her a letter of credit for one million dollars, and Wong soon discovers that the money has been withdrawn from the bank through forged checks. As the princess' servants are murdered, suspicion points to Captain Guy Jackson, a phony airplane manufacturer; Captain Jalme, the skipper of the princess' boat; and Mr. Davidson, the bank president. After Wong and Davidson are captured by Jackson and Jalme, Inspector Street traces the two captains to Davidson and comes to the rescue of Wong and the bank president. Wong then unmasks Davidson as the forger and murderer of the princess and her ... +


When Chinese Princess Lin Hwa is murdered in the home of eminent detective James Lee Wong, the only clue to her killer is her hastily scribbled note reading "Captain J." Inspector Street is summoned to the scene of the crime and is followed by reporter Bobby Logan, who identifies the victim as a Chinese princess. Wong turns to the Tong for information and discovers that the princess was on a mission to buy arms for her brother's army. The princess brought with her a letter of credit for one million dollars, and Wong soon discovers that the money has been withdrawn from the bank through forged checks. As the princess' servants are murdered, suspicion points to Captain Guy Jackson, a phony airplane manufacturer; Captain Jalme, the skipper of the princess' boat; and Mr. Davidson, the bank president. After Wong and Davidson are captured by Jackson and Jalme, Inspector Street traces the two captains to Davidson and comes to the rescue of Wong and the bank president. Wong then unmasks Davidson as the forger and murderer of the princess and her servants. +

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

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