Probably the best of the series
Movie Lover: Martin Grams
-- May, 13, 2005
If you enjoy Charlie Chan movies then you might just enjoy this series of cheap little murder mysteries. THE MYSTERY OF MR. WONG was Monogram Studio's attempt to cash in on the successful Charlie Chan films being released through 20th Century Fox (ironically, Monogram later acquired the screen rights for Chan films a few years later). This was the second of six films in the series. It was released in theaters March 8, 1939. Monogram acquired the screen rights to the Hugh Wiley "Mr. Wong" stories in September of 1938, and Grant Withers, who had worked in many other Monogram films previous, was hired as Captain Samuel Street (the only other person to star in all the Mr. Wong films). Gordon Bau was a perfectionist and makeup artist by trade and managed to make Karloff look Oriental for this series - a superb job indeed. Watch one of these Mr. Wong films, keep in mind the budget was supposed to be grand in the first place, and enjoy them for what they are worth.
Better than Charlie Chan!
Movie Lover: Marina Evagelatos
Irving, TX US
-- December, 7, 2004
I accidentally discovered the Mr. Wong series, and was pleasantly surprised. Scripting and pacing are good; Boris Karloff is totally believable; and Grant Withers is appropriately flustered.
This is my favorite of the five, and there's even a prequel starring Keye Luke as a young Mr. Wong.
Not a bad way to spend 75 minutes or so.