Mr. Wong in The Fatal Hour (1940)

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     The Fatal Hour (1940) is the fourth of the six Mr. Wong films by Monogram Pictures.  Mr. Wong is assisting Capt. Bill Street in investigating the death of his friend Dan Grady.  Grady is a police detective assigned to smuggling.  He is also a childhood friend of Capt. Street.  They joined the police department at the same time and worked

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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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What Are “B” Films?

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     “B” films resulted from Hollywood distribution companies moving to a double bill or two movies screening at theaters.  When the Great Depression led movie goers to start forgoing films between 1930 and 1932, Hollywood studio, which still controlled production and distribution, came up with the idea of showing two films to give customers more bang for their buck.    

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