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When Were You Born?1938

When Were You Born? (1938)





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Astrology and murder meet head-on in the Warner Bros. programmer When Were You Born? When horoscope specialist Mary Lee Liang (Anna May Wong) predicts the death of importer Philip Corey (James Stephenson), her prophecy comes true in a surprisingly short time thanks to a mysterious killer. Mary then assists the police in their investigation of Corey's murder, using her knowledge of the zodiac to draw up a psychological profile of the culprit. Could the guilty party be Nina Kenton (Lola Lane), the dead man's sweetheart? Is it Fred Gow (Leonard Mudie), Corey's duplicitous partner? Or maybe it's Doris Kane (Margaret Lindsay), who halfway through the proceedings is revealed to be the victim's secret fiancee. The most novel aspect of When Were You Born? is its opening credits sequence, wherein the actors are billed in the order of their astrological signs rather than their importance.


Margaret Lindsay
as Doris Kane
Anna May Wong
as Mary Lee Ling
Lola Lane
as Nita Kenton
Anthony Averill
as Larry Camp
Charles C. Wilson
as Inspector Gregg
Frank Jaquet
as Sgt. Kelly
Eric Stanley
as Shields
James Stephenson
as Philip Corey
Leonard Mudie
as Fred Gow
Maurice Cass
as Dr. Merton
Jack Moore
as Assistant District Attorney
Carole Landis
as Bit Part
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Critic Reviews for When Were You Born?

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

It consists merely of using a routine murder mystery as a pretext for expounding the zodiacal rigmarole.

April 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Action has been supplanted by long discourses on the merits of applying the science of astrology in solving murders; the over-abundance of dialogue becomes pretty tiresome.

July 8, 2020 | Full Review…

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