The Mysterious Rider (1938)

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The Mysterious Rider (1938) also known as The Mark of the Avenger was a “B” film for one of  Paramount Studio’s  “B” film division.  This western is unique because Douglass Dumbrille, who played villains in Charlie Chan films, The Big Store (1942) with the Marx Brothers, etc., actually gets to play the good guy in this film.  Sidney Toler plays

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The Phantom of Chinatown (1940)

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The Phantom of Chinatown (1940) is the sixth and final installment of the James Lee Wong series produced by Monogram Pictures.  A young Jimmy Wong, played by Keye Luke instead of Boris Karloff, arrives at a lecture given by a former professor.  The lecture is about an expedition to China, which uncovered the secret of the Eternal Flame.  Midway through

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Bela Lugosi in Black Dragons (1942)

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Monogram Pictures produced Black Dragons (1942) shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Monogram released the film on March 6, 1942.  Most Monogram films were completed in less than two weeks, so it was not difficult to produce a film so close to the actual bombing.  Bela Lugosi was the biggest name in the film. “B” movie companies only advantage was a short production

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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 their ways

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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 “Captain J”

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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 to be

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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 created the

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