Mr. Wong, Detective

Mr. Wong, Detective

Film poster
Directed by William Nigh
Produced by William T. Lackey
Written by Hugh Wiley
Houston Branch
Starring Boris Karloff
Grant Withers
Cinematography Harry Neumann
Edited by Russell F. Schoengarth
Release dates
  • October 5, 1938 (1938-10-05)
Running time
69 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mr. Wong, Detective is a 1938 American crime film directed by William Nigh and starring Boris Karloff in his first appearance as Mr. Wong.[1]


Lobby card for the film

Simon Dayton is in fear for his life and seeks the help of Mr. Wong to protect him. Just prior to meeting Mr. Wong, Dayton is found dead in his office without a mark on him with several witnesses testifying Dayton was alone in his office that was locked from the inside. Though the police view Dayton's death as due to a heart attack, Mr. Wong discovers a broken glass ball that contained poison gas.

Among the suspects are agents of a foreign power wishing to stop Dayton's chemicals being sent to use on the foreign power in the form of the same poison gas that killed Dayton, Dayton's business partners who will have Dayton's share of the business come to them after Dayton's death and the actual inventor of the chemical who has been cheated out of profits and recognition by Dayton.



  1. Stephen Jacobs, Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster, Tomohawk Press 2011 p. 223-224
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