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Doomed to Die

Released Aug 12, 1940 1h 7m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 20% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
A newswoman (Marjorie Reynolds) asks sleuth Mr. Wong (Boris Karloff) to look into the murder of a shipping tycoon. Read More Read Less
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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Routine but enjoyable fifth entry in the Mr. Wong series. Rated: B- Aug 5, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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Chris M As I said in "Mr. Wong In Chinatown" review, not only was it a different time, but Karloff was a major movie star, which was probably the main reason he was cast. Karloff took it because it wasn't a horror movie and he wasn't playing a monster or mad scientist. The reason why I think this as the rest of the Asian cast was played by Asian actors. Plus this will be the last time Karloff will play Mr. Wong as the next movie released in the same year as this was Asian actor Keye Luke. Story wise it was pretty enjoyable for mystery fans. There are some character issue and a little slow for only 68 minutes. Overall, a fun who done it mystery. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/19/23 Full Review william k Second-rate, run-of-the-mill crime mystery in the Mr. Wong series with implausible, complicated plot; one of the minor entries in the series. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review kevin w Boris Karloff in Monogram Pictures answer to the popular Charlie Chan series. Moving beyond the obvious racial faux pas, Karloff handles his character without obvious demeaning caricature. The story, like many of the "mysteries" churned out by the studios, features many flaws that demand that the viewer look the other way, but so what, that's the nature of the beast. Withers and Reynolds offer nice chemistry as opposites attracting while merely sidekicks to the Oriental mastermind. Actually not bad for a 'B' feature, but not great either. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member I love Boris Karloff so much in this 5-pack of early films he made that it doesn't bother me that he plays an Oriental detective. He threw himself, vitally, into every role he portrayed, and that's why he's so beloved today. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member This came in a 50 horror movie box set but it isn't a horror movie. It has an AMAZING title that it fails to live up to. Whenever I put the DOOMED to DIE DVD in I had great expectations for gore and sorcery that were greatly let down. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member They traced the bullet through the body into the head. Dick Fleming wants to propose to his long time girlfriend and daughter of rich and powerful Cyrus Wentworth. Cyrus hates the idea and immediately kicks Dick out of his office after hearing the proposal. Just as Dick is about to leave a gunshot rings and Cyrus is dead. The police immediately arrest Dick and charge him with murder. A local newspaper reporter feels the event is too convenient, especially after a recent tragedy involving the Wentworth family. The report calls in Detective Wong to do some digging and see if someone else may be responsible. "Are you butting into my business again?" "Sure." William Neigh, director of Dr. Wong, Detective; Mr. Wise Guy; The Ape; Desert Nights; Black Dragons; Beauty and the Bandit; The Mystery of Mr. Wong; Mr. Wong in Chinatown; and The 13 Man, delivers Doomed to Die. The storyline for this picture is below average and the plot unfolds in kind of a slow and methodical fashion (which is saying something for a film with a 68 minute run time). The acting is solid and the cast includes Boris Karloff, Henry Brandon, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers, and William Stelling. "You've never done anything in your life without an ulterior motive." I grabbed this movie off Netflix because it starred the wonderful Boris Karloff. I have never been a huge fan of his run as Detective Wong and this did little to change my mind. They try to depict him as an Asian Sherlock Holmes of sorts and despite his charm and charisma in the series, the character just doesn't work for me. I do enjoy watching Karloff, but this isn't his best work. "The homicide squad will be the new used car squad." Grade: C- Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A newswoman (Marjorie Reynolds) asks sleuth Mr. Wong (Boris Karloff) to look into the murder of a shipping tycoon.
Director
William Nigh
Production Co
Monogram Pictures
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 12, 1940, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 29, 2016
Runtime
1h 7m
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