Vowing to marry Cynthia Wentworth (Catherine Craig) come what
may, Dick Fleming (William Stelling) barges into his future
father in law Cyrus P. Wentworth’s (Melvin Lang) office to
announce his intentions, when the old man is mysteriously shot dead. Fearing
arrest, Dick goes into hiding. The murder brings Police captain Bill Street
(Grant Withers) rushing to the scene and Bill wastes little
time in pinning the murder on Dick. It is now up to Dick’s friends Bobbie Logan
(Marjorie Reynolds) , a street-smart reporter, and the revered
private eye James Lee Wong (Boris Karloff) to save him from the
Known as the King of Horror for his memorable performances in a series of
scary Hollywood Classics, Boris Karloff played several bits and pieces roles
before he was finally discovered by the world as the star in Whale’s
Frankenstein in 1931. His performance in this classic earned
him not only critical acclaim but propelled him into superstardom, making him a
movie icon. Karloff’s versatility also brought him non-horror roles, among which
The Lost Patrol, House of Rothschild, and West of
Shanghai are still remembered. Doomed to Die is one
among a series of mystery movies in which Karloff plays the enchanting Chinese
detective James Lee Wong.
Running Time: 67 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
Restrained by tight-fisted budgeting and hectic schedules, William
Nigh was destined to become a non-stylist director and settled down to directing
a string of modestly budgeted fast- paced action thrillers and mysteries.
Credited with a string of moderate successes with his Mr. Wong detective series,
Nigh enthralled audiences with the clever deductions of his Chinese private eye
- James Lee Wong.
Somewhere along the way Nigh seems to have had a brush
with Chinese culture and traditions and uses these pretty effectively - in his
almost trademark use of Chinese actors, Chinese settings, Chinese dialogues and
yes a sprinkling of Chinese philosophy as well. Doomed to die is set at the
confluence of two cultures - American and you guessed it - Chinese!
thrilling narrative has the not-so-bright- police chief Bill Street pitting his
wits against the masterly Wong with the nosey, reporter Bobbie Logan adding
insult to Street’s injuries as they try to figure out who killed shipping
magnate Cyrus P. Wentworth. Wong’s dogged and methodical ways finally help him
nab both the culprits - when all the while you are looking for just one.
Humorous, fast-paced and intriguing, "Doomed to Die" is actually "Set to
Thrill." Don’t miss it!
"As a die-hard fan of Boris Karloff, I was thrilled to have the opportunity
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Thomas King (Denton, Michigan)
"This is one of
the most thrilling murder mysteries starring the enigmatic Boris Karloff. The
plot is out of this world, complex, mysterious and ever so thought provoking. I
bet you’d be on the edge of your seats till the end trying to figure out
whodunit. If you are a mystery-movie lover, here is a special treat for you!"
Ben Martin (Montgomery, Alabama)
CAST & CREW:
Ralph Gilbert Bettison - Writing Credits
Paul Malvern -
Harry Neumann - Cinematography
Catherine Craig - Cynthia Wentworth
Guy Usher - Paul Fleming
Henry Brandon - Victor 'Vic' Martin (attorney)
- Cyrus P. Wentworth
Wilbur Mack - Matthews (Wentworth's
Kenneth Harlan - Ludlow (chauffeur)
Richard Loo - Tong
Tristram Coffin - Baldwin (insurance adjuster) (uncredited)
Donovan - Det. Mike (uncredited)
Gibson Gowland - Doctor (uncredited)
Kennedy - Police Sgt. Casey (uncredited)
Maxine Leslie - Miss Reed (Cyrus'
Bill Willmering - Det. Blake (uncredited)
Wiley - (characters from James Lee Wong stories in Collier's Magazine)
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