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The Mandarin Mystery (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 23 December 1936 (USA)
Two murders are committed and a $50,000 Chinese Mandarin stamp is stolen, tossed around and eventually recovered as an aggregation of costly-stamp counterfeiters are uncovered through the mastermind investigation by Ellery Queen.

Director:

Ralph Staub

Writers:

Frederic Dannay (story, 'The Chinese Orange Mystery') (as Ellery Queen), Manfred Lee (story, 'The Chinese Orange Mystery') (as Ellery Queen) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Quillan ... Ellery Queen
Charlotte Henry ... Josephine Temple
Rita La Roy ... Martha Kirk
Wade Boteler ... Inspector Queen
Franklin Pangborn ... Mellish
George Irving ... Dr. Alexander Kirk
Kay Hughes ... Irene Kirk
William Newell ... Detective Guffy
George Walcott ... Donald Trent
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Howard Bronson
Edgar Allen Edgar Allen ... Newspaper Reporter
Walter Merrill Walter Merrill ... Craig the Thief (as Anthony Merrill)
Richard Beach Richard Beach ... Reporter
Monte Vandergrift ... Detective (as Monte Vandegrift)
Grace Durkin ... Girl on Street Corner
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Storyline

A very rare and priceless Chinese postage stamp is stole as its thief claims two victims in a hotel,, both of whom are murdered in inexplicably locked rooms. Young Ellery romances the stamps beautiful owner, Josephie Temple, while working with his father, Inspector Queen to solve the baffling case and expose the killer. Written by duke1029

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chinese Orange Mystery See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

(edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Mandarian Mystery was based on "The Chinese Orange Mystery" by Ellery Queen. See more »

Quotes

Mellish: Something mysterious is going on here! That man's dead!
Detective Guffy: Don't jump at conclusions.
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Connections

Referenced in Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941) See more »

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slightly irritating lead actor, but not all bad
25 January 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This adaptation of an Ellery Queen mystery concerns the theft of a rare Chinese stamp (the Mandarin of the title), which takes place in a hotel with several shifty characters and an hysterical manager (the priceless Franklin Pangborn). The mystery, such as it is, concerns both the stamp theft and two murders, and shows Ellery and his father the Inspector as a team rubbing together just enough to solve the case.

As Ellery Queen, Eddie Quillan is all wrong - he was more at home in light comedy and musicals, and this is the way he plays the character. As the heroine/chief suspect, Charlotte Henry (only remembered nowadays as 'Alice in Wonderland') isn't too bad, while others who have some impact in the cast include Rita Le Roy and Kay Hughes as sisters, and Wade Boteler as Queen senior.


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