The Eye of the Daughter of the Moon, a golfball sized sapphire has been stolen in China and smuggled into the US. Richards, a rich man who knows a curse was placed on the Eye by the Emperor Hong Chong Tu as he buried it in his dead unfaithful wife's heart, expects to be murdered for receiving it.
He shows Mr Wong the Eye and a death threat note. At a party, during a game of "Indications", Richards is shot, seemingly by his secretary, Peter Harrison. Add a peeking Chinese butler and maid, a budding singer, another criminologist, Richards' lawyer and an unsigned changed will. Mr Wong helps Street sort out the details to uncover all the secrets and the murderer.
Boris Karloff ... James Lee Wong
Grant Withers ... Police Captain Sam Street
Dorothy Tree ... Valerie Edwards
Craig Reynolds ... Peter Harrison
Ivan Lebedeff ... Michael Strogonoff
Holmes Herbert ... Prof. Ed Janney
Morgan Wallace ... Brandon Edwards
Lotus Long ... Drina, the Maid
Chester Gan ... Sing, the Butler
Hooper Atchley ... Carslake
Bruce Wong ... Asian Man
Jack Kennedy ... Policeman
Joe Devlin ... George, the Detective
Although this is a typical "B" movie from the 1930s, it is way above the average suspense flick from that period. It has a lot of interesting elements such as the presence of a valuable gem sapphire called "The Daughter of the Moon", a gunshot out of nowhere, a creepy old house, and a gathering of sinister characters in which all would have motives to commit murder.
Karloff may seem superficially miscast seeming to look just passably Chinese with the makeup used, but one must consider the premise that Mr. Wong is supposed to be raised in England and educated at Heidelberg, Germany and Oxford, England which would account for his heavy British accent.
The film continues at a fine pace throughout the film with the various characters functioning as red herrings (love triangles, attempts to reclaim the gem, another murder, an attempt on Mr. Wong's life) until the true murderer is revealed at the end of the film (which I won't reveal here).
Worthy to be mentioned along with the best of the "Charlie Chan" and "Mr. Wong" series from the same period.
Having seen a number of these Mr. Wong movies, I was expecting to see a much more minimal production. They must have had a little more money for this one. As usual, the plot is a little obtuse. The jewel that is at the center of all the activity apparently has a curse on it. The "bad guy" who aren't really the bad guys want to return it to its proper setting, in a museum in China. The master collector whose house looks like a museum, with lots of Oriental artifacts, doesn't listen when warned. A young man, who has a thing for the collector's wife, is implicated in his murder (the death occurs at the time he fires a stunt gun during a game of charades). Mr. Wong realizes that there are some extenuating circumstances and that a silencer was brought into play. There is nice action and some good suspects. It keeps us guessing to the very conclusion. Even the murderer isn't without sympathy. Not a bad little whodunnit.
This Mr. Wong film has been shown many many times over and years ago was shown along with a double feature back in the 1940's. These pictures were cheaply made and called B flicks. Brandon Edward (Morgan Wallace) a gem dealer obtains the largest star sapphire in the world, the "Eye of the Daughter of the Moon" which was stolen from China. Brandon exhibits the precious gem at a party in his home, at the same time, he tells Mr. Wong (Boris Karloff) his life is in great danger. During the course of time, Brandon is killed and the gem is missing. Mr. Wong finally turns the true killer over to Capt. Street (Grant Withers) This film is somewhat an interesting murder mystery, but does not keep you spellbound and becomes boring. Karloff with his British accent is still an effective Chinese Detective, but entirely out of character from his past roles.