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The Fatal Hour
Mr. Wong at Headquarters

USA 1940
produced by
Scott R. Dunlap, William T. Lackey (associate) for Monogram
directed by William Nigh
starring Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Marjorie Reynolds, Charles Trowbridge, Frank Puglia, Craig Reynolds, Lita Chevret, Harry Strang, Hooper Atchley, Jason Robards sr, Richard Loo, Jack Kennedy, I.Stanford Jolley, Pauline Drake
screenplay by Scott Darling, Joseph West (= George Waggner), based on characters by Hugh Wiley, music by Edward J.Kay

Mister Wong

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Captain Street's (Grant Withers) best friend Grady, who has been working on the smuggling detail, has been killed, & the only clue Street & Chinese private investigator Mr Wong (Boris Karloff) - & of course Street's nosey reporter girlfriend Bobbie Logan (Marjorie Reynolds) - have leads to the Neptune Club & its owner Hardway Harry (Frank Puglia), whose club is certainly ideal for smuggling, having secret seaside entrances & the lot, but it soon becomes obvious he's not working alone, and nothing can bwe proven against him ...

Soon, one of his business associates, Frank Belden (Hooper Atchley), threatens to blow up the whole operation should Harry not be able to seperate his innocent son Frank (Craig Reynolds) & Tanya Serova (Lita Chevret), a woman very much involved with the organisation.

A short time later, Belden sr turns up dead, & while Street & Wong are questioning his respectable business partner Forbes (Charles Trowbridge), in the room above Tanya is shot, & the building's switchboard operator claims she has overheard a fight between Tanya & young Belden, who has been seen leaving the place, over the phone.

So Belden is the prime suspect, while Harry - having been at the police station all evening - has a perfect alibi. But brought in for questioning, Belden doesn't give the impression of a murderer, & at the station, just outside Street's office, another man, the radio performer Griswold (Jason Robards sr) is murdered ... & he sat awfully close to Harry ...

Only Wong has some other ideas, learns that Griswold's radio show was on right when Tanya was supposed to be shot, the show resembled what the switchboard operator has heard up to the comma, and Tanya had one of these new remote control radios ... which suddenly leaves Forbes, who had the perfect alibi (or so he thought) as the only logical suspect. When he tries to gather evidence though, Wong is surprised by Forbes, & Street as well when he arrives a few minutes later. In the end, only Bobbie Logan, who has been snooping around again, is able to save them ...

 


Despite several unbelievable plottwists & an at best far fetched solution, this is one of the better Mister Wong films, telling the story at a steady pace & having enough happening to keep the audience entertained.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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