The Mandarin Mystery

The Mandarin Mystery

Director: Ralph Staub Cast: Eddie Quillan, Charlotte Henry, Rita La Roy

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There was some novelty value in the fact that an actor whose initials were E.Q. was cast as intellectual sleuth Ellery Queen in Republic's The Mandarin Mystery. That actor was Eddie Quillan, who though a talented and appealing performer was woefully miscast as Queen. The story, based on the Ellery Queen novel The Chinese Orange Mystery, is set in motion by a crook who steals a $50,000 stamp, which results in two murders -- both committed in impenetrably locked rooms. The primary suspect is Jo Temple (Charlotte Henry), the original possessor of the stamp. Falling in love with Jo, Ellery sets about to retrieve the stolen goods and solve the murders. Perhaps realizing that Eddie Quillan could never be taken seriously in the leading role, Republic opted to play The Mandarin Mystery for laughs -- another big mistake. Originally released at 63 minutes, the film is currently available only in its 54-minute TV-reissue form.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2017
UPC: 0889290927330
Original Release: 1937
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:06:00
Sales rank: 70,403

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Quillan Ellery Queen
Charlotte Henry Josephine Temple
Rita La Roy Martha Kirk
Wade Boteler Inspector
Franklin Pangborn Mellish
George S. Irving Dr. Alexander Kirk
Kay Hughes Irene Kirk
George Walcott Donald Trent
Edwin Stanley Bronson
Richard Beach Reporter
Monte Vandergrift Detective
Wally Merrill Craig
William Newell Guffy
Ed Allen Actor

Technical Credits
Ralph Staub Director
Cortland Fitzsimmons Screenwriter
Harry Grey Score Composer
John Francis Larkin Screenwriter
Nat Levine Producer
Jack A. Marta Cinematographer
Gertrude Orr Screenwriter
Rex Taylor Screenwriter

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