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When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal the formula for a poison gas being developed by the first victim's company.Written by
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Mr. Wong (Boris Karloff) investigates the death of the president of a chemical manufacturing company and finds the trail leads to foreign agents. Asian detectives were all the rage in the '30s, with Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto both successful franchises at Fox. Poverty Row studio Monogram throws their hat into the ring with the Mr. Wong series starring Boris Karloff.
Karloff's screen presence is the movie's primary selling point. Grant Withers plays the clichéd police detective who spends the whole movie barking at everybody and being annoying. Weaselly Lucien Prival plays one of the bad guys. There's something about this actor that always creeped me out. Poor production values and an unimpressive supporting cast puts this one well below the standards of the Chan and Moto series. But Boris Karloff and a decent mystery make it worth checking out.
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