The Mandarin Mystery

  • 1937
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Mystery

Quillan, a detective trying to recover a valuable Chinese Mandarin stamp, uncovers a ring of counterfeiters and manages to fall in love. Strong, believable performances are severely marred by a cliched script and weak direction, with the film unfortunately mostly played for laughs. Republic dropped its Ellery Queen programmers after this, the studio's second...read more

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Quillan, a detective trying to recover a valuable Chinese Mandarin stamp, uncovers a ring of counterfeiters and manages to fall in love. Strong, believable performances are severely marred by a cliched script and weak direction, with the film unfortunately mostly played for laughs.

Republic dropped its Ellery Queen programmers after this, the studio's second attempt to make a series based on the detective. Ellery Queen did not come to the screen again until 1940, when Columbia resumed the format for seven more features.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Quillan, a detective trying to recover a valuable Chinese Mandarin stamp, uncovers a ring of counterfeiters and manages to fall in love. Strong, believable performances are severely marred by a cliched script and weak direction, with the film unfortunately… (more)

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