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OUR CCF MONDAY EVENING CHAT AND FILM VIEWING FOR November 18, 2019: "Mr. Wong, Detective"


FOR November 18, 2019

Happy Birthday, Boris Karloff!

OUR CHAT ROOM: Our Chat Room can be accessed the same way that we accessed by going to our “Chat Room” link at, or use this direct link:

THIS WEEK’S PRESENTATIONS: “Charlie Chan at the Race Track” (1938; 69 minutes) and Chapter 7 of the radio drama, “The Baffling Murder of Col. Willoughby“ (October 22, 1936; 15 minutes) starring Walter Connolly.


Boris Karloff: Mr. James Lee Wong

Grant Withers: Captain Sam Street

Maxine Jennings: Myra Ross

Evelyn Brent: Olga (aka Countess Dubois)

George Lloyd: Devlin

Lucien Prival: Anton Mohl

John St. Polis: Carl Roemer

William Gould: Theodore Meisle

Hooper Atchley: Christian Wilk

John Hamilton: Simon Dayton

Wilbur Mack: Russell

Lee Tung Foo: Tchin

Lynton Brent: Tommy

Grace Wood: Mrs. Roemer

Frank Bruno: Lescardi (not credited)

Ed Cassidy: Ambulance Doctor (not credited)

Wheaton Chambers: Chemistry Lab Director (not credited)

Clancy Cooper: Warehouse Man (not credited)

George DeNormand: John (not credited)

Lester Dorr: Coroner (not credited)

Herbert Evans: Mr. Wilk's Butler (not credited)

Dick Reinhart: Dock Worker (not credited)

FEATURE SUMMARY: When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers an international spy ring hoping to steal the formula for a poison gas being developed by the first victim's company.

FEATURE NOTES: ”Mr. Wong, Detective,” the first film in the Mr. Wong film series, was based on: the "James Lee Wong" series by Hugh Wiley which was originally run in ‘Collier's Magazine.’ The plot of this movie provided the basis of the Charlie Chan film “Docks of New Orleans” from 1948.

TRIVIA: When a note is delivered to Mr. Wong's front door, the actor playing the messenger has no dialogue. If the actor had spoken even one word, Screen Actors Guild rules would have required Monogram Pictures to pay him an additional $10!

TIME: We begin with greetings at 7:30 EASTERN TIME. Then, we share our “extra” presentation, part 6 of “The Baffling Murder of Col. Willoughby,” which will be followed at exactly 8:15 when we roll our first feature for our Monday evening, “Mr Wong, Detective.”

LOCATION: Our Charlie Chan Family Chat Room, which is accessed at

IF YOU LACK A COPY OF OUR FILM: Often our features can be found online. Unfortunately, our feature is available online, but our extra is, so please use the link provided at our Chat Room.

OUR MONTHLY POLL: Please take a moment to cast your vote in our NOVEMBER 2019 POLL, found as you scroll down our Entrance Page (! This month’s question: “Would you like to see a revival of the collaborative group-produced Charlie Chan film script project?” VOTE!!


“Which would you most likely participate in to celebrate the Charlie Chan family Home's platinum 20th anniversary, Sunday, October 3, 2021?”

A trip to Earl Derr Biggers' home, Warren, Ohio and dinner at the nearby Welchfield Inn. 0%

A trip to Honolulu, Hawaii with tour of the HPD police museum, Chang Apana's grave, a Charlie Chan tour by Hawaii Steve's "Honolulu Ghost & Mystery Tours," and dinner at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. 42%

Organize a one-day Charlie Chan symposium (location to be determined) with discussion groups, guest speakers, and dinner. 42%

Meet at an existing film-related conference or a convention, possibly pre-arranging to participate in some way such as hosting a film presentation with a group discussion, a "live" chat, etc. 16%

OUR CCF CHAT ARCHIVE: Please take a look at our growing collection of CCF Chat Texts from previous years and this year:

NEXT WEEK: Please join us on Monday, November 25, as we share a viewing of “THE SHANGHAI CHEST.”

DON’T MISS THIS GREAT CHARLIE CHAN BLOG!: A great blog site, The Postman on Holiday, offered by our own Lou Armagno which is: "A place to explore all things surrounding Detective Charlie Chan, his creator Earl Derr Biggers, and their connection with Hawaii, Cleveland, and mystery fiction." It can be found at this address:

DO YOU HAVE A POLL QUESTION? Please feel free to suggest a Monthly Poll question! Send your ideas to:!

SO, PLEASE JOIN US for this week’s Monday Evening Chat and Film Viewing as we share “MR. WONG, DETECTIVE.”



Rush Glick