Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)

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     Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939) is the third film in the series.  Princess Lin Hwa, portrayed by Lotus Long, seeks out Mr. Wong to help her but is killed by a poison dart in his house.  Mr. Wong takes the murder as a personal insult and determines to find the killer and solve the princess’ problem.  The princess scrawled

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The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939)

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     The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939) is the second in the James Lee Wong series from Monogram Pictures.  Boris Karloff returns as Mr. Wong along with Grant Withers as Capt. Street.  Mr. Wong is assisting Capt. Street in the investigation of a collector, who is killed after coming into possession of a Chinese jewel. The jewel is considered cursed.   The curse seems

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Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)

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      This movie is the first in a series of six films from Monogram Pictures released between 1938 and 1940.  The series was a “B” formula film offering.  The film would have been shown first on a double bill.  The first five films starred Boris Karloff as Mr. James Lee Wong, while in the sixth film Keye Luke portrayed Mr. Wong.      Hugh Wiley

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Charlie Chan in The Red Dragon (1945)

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Charlie Chan’s The Red Dragon (1945) is a Charlie Chan film from Monogram pictures.  Monogram took over the series in 1944, when Twentieth-Century Fox stopped producing the series.  Sidney Toler bought the rights to the Charlie Chan series and took it to Monogram.  Monogram was ecstatic to land the series. Monogram would produce the series until 1949 with Roland Winters taking over the

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Max Linder Made Pathe’ Film

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     Max Linder (1883-1925) built the Pathe’ Film Studio in the early 1900s. Linder’s comedy influenced Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. Linder is largely unknown today because his biggest film successes were in the 1910s.  Most of his films are considered lost.      Film fans today have the benefit of resources like the Internet Archive, which has a

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The Mad Doctor Meets the Somnambulist

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What happens is the first commercially successful art film.  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) was released in January 1920 becoming a German and international sensation.   It marked the beginning of a German film revival during the 1920s The German Expressionist Movement in German art strongly influenced this film.  Expressionist paintings were known for buildings sloped at odd angles, 

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