Boris Karloff in Doomed to Die DVD A Racist Detective Movie

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An entertaining blend of comedy and mystery, Doomed to Die stars the iconic Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) in a hilarious whodunit. In what would certainly be poor taste by today’s standards, Karloff appears as a stereotypical Asian man who’s a world renowned detective, Mr. Wong. Though the film alternates between being intentionally and unintentionally funny, Karloff is a joy to watch throughout, clearly enjoying the role. While trying to unravel the enigma of who killed a wealthy shipping magnate, Karloff sifts through many amusing characters and clues, utilizing goofy “secret” detective tricks along the way. Humorous because for its cast, dated racism, and ridiculous situations, Doomed to Die is an enjoyable good time.

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