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The Fatal Hour (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 15 January 1940 (USA)
When Captain Street's best friend Dan Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong. Mr. Wong uncovers a smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco ... See full summary »

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Scott Darling (screenplay), George Waggner (adaptation) (as Joseph West) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... James Lee Wong
Marjorie Reynolds ... Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan
Grant Withers ... Capt. Bill Street
Charles Trowbridge ... John T. Forbes
Frank Puglia ... Harry 'Hardway' Lockett
Craig Reynolds ... Frank Belden, Jr.
Lita Chevret ... Tanya Serova
Harry Strang ... Det. Ballard
Hooper Atchley ... Frank Belden Sr.
Jason Robards Sr. ... Griswold (as Jason Robards)
Richard Loo ... Jeweler
Jack Kennedy Jack Kennedy ... Mike, Police Sergeant
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When Captain Street's best friend Dan Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong. Mr. Wong uncovers a smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco and unmasks the killer, though not until several more murders occur. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Trivia

The radio with the remote control is a Philco model 40-205RX with the "Mystery Control" wireless remote. The rotary dial on the remote selected one of eight preset stations, turn the volume up or down and turn the radio off (but not on). 5,050 of this model were manufactured and it sold for $159.50 (which would equate to $2,744 in 2016). See more »

Goofs

Drinks suddenly appear on the table in front of Tanya and Frank between shots. Plus, she complains the drink gave her a headache despite her not drinking it at all. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Bill Street: I'll see you later.
Roberta 'Bobbie' Logan: Not me, flatfoot. Get one of the nurses out of the receiving hospital. They don't mind a pain in the neck.
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Connections

Follows The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939) See more »

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Standard Wong Mystery
9 April 2003 | by jcholguinSee all my reviews

After a number of Mr. Wong detective movies, Boris Karloff's performance as a "Chinese copper" is a smooth transition in believing Karloff is Chinese. The battling twosome of Captain Street and Reporter Bobbie Logan returns as usual. Because of the number of mysteries solved by Mr. Wong, Street seeks out the detective in solving the murder of Street's friend and fellow cop, Dan O'Grady. A level head is needed in solving this mystery. Numerous clues appear and only Wong can see them. Of course, this will occur only if Wong can survive till the end of the movie. For once, the female reporter Logan saves the lives of both of the men. A good movie to watch if you like a mystery.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La hora fatídica See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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