The Mysterious Mr. Wong

1935

William Nigh
Director
Monogram Pictures
Studio

Sinister Chinaman ruthlessly pursues the legendary "Twelve Coins of Confucius" (which look like pogs) in order to become the ruler of the made-up Chinese province of Keelat.

Typical 1930s yellow peril story is certainly not politically correct today, with the typical laundry jokes, offensive remarks from an equally stereotyped Irish cop, and ignorance of the basics of Chinese culture. At least there are a few actual Asian actors in the cast. Slow moving and dull, even at barely an hour, it remains watchable today mainly for Lugosi. The less said about Ford's irritating, loudmouth jackass of a reporter (an unfortunate staple of these types of films), the better. Suffice to say, Wong does not quite get to inflict any exotic torture upon him, though I'm sure audiences then and now both wished for it.

Based on a short story by unjustly forgotten pulp writer Harry Stephen Keeler, whose writing is much more enjoyable than this poor movie might indicate.

-Dave W.


The Mysterious Mr. Wong
22nd December 1934
Cinema



63 mins
1.37:1

The Mysterious Mr. Wong
(Roan Group)
6th September 2001
DVD




1.33:1




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Bela Lugosi
Mr. Fu Wong, aka Li See
Wallace Ford
Jason H. 'Jay' Barton
Arline Judge
Peg
E. Alyn Warren
Tsi Tung
(as Fred Warren)
Lotus Long
Moonflower, Wong's Niece
Robert Emmett O'Connor
Officer 'Mac' McGillicuddy
(as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Edward Peil Sr.
Jen Yu - Wong Henchman
Luke Chan
Professor Chan Fu
Lee Shumway
Editor Steve Brandon
Etta Lee
Lusan, Moonflower's Attendant
Chester Gan
Tsi Tung's Agent
(uncredited)
James B. Leong
Wong Henchman
(uncredited)
Richard Loo
Bystander Outside Store
(uncredited)
Theodore Lorch
Wong Henchman Thrown Into Pit
(uncredited)
Forrest Taylor
Wong Henchman
(uncredited)
Beal Wong
Crime Scene Bystander
(uncredited)
Unknown
Customer #1
(uncredited)
Unknown
Customer #2
(uncredited)
Unknown
Last Victim
(uncredited)
Unknown
Cabbie
(uncredited)
Unknown
Wong's Henchman
(uncredited)
Unknown
Wong's Henchman
(uncredited)
Unknown
Wong's Henchman
(uncredited)

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