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Mysterious Mr. Wong (Roan Group)

 

Picture: C†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: C

 

 

Monogram Pictures (with its great future city opening) had aspirations to be a bigger studio, if only they could have a big hit or what we now consider a franchise.Not to be confused with the Mr. Wong detective series that should have been a huge, long running hit with Boris Karloff, Mysterious Mr. Wong (1935) was the studioís attempt to have a Fu Manchu-type film to sell.They even got Bela Lugosi in the title role, but the film is so muddled that it becomes a missed opportunity.

 

This was Lugosiís debut film with the studio despite only just having done Dracula four years earlier.Unfortunately, his work with the smaller company did not yield the same results that John Wayneís did with Republic.Director William Nigh would later helm some of those Mr. Wong detective series that The Roan Group (who released this DVD) once had in print, but only does so much with the hackened tale about a race to find 12 valuable, ancient keys.Only diehard fans need apply, but Lugosi, Monogram and Nigh have all done better.

 

The 1.33 X 1 black and white image is soft and although the print is not in bad shape considering its age, the DVD was pressed in 1999.The Dolby Digital Mono is not bad either, but not great either.Except for some minor text extras, this is a basic edition.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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