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Chinatown After Dark (1931)

 |  Crime, Drama  |  15 October 1931 (USA)
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The female head of a criminal gang in Chinatown is after a valuable jewel, and lets nothing stand in her way of finding it.



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Complete credited cast:
Madame Ying Su
Rex Lease ...
Jim Bonner
Edmund Breese ...
Le Fong
Frank Mayo ...
Ralph Bonner
Michael Visaroff ...
Mr. Varonoff
Winter Blossom ...
Ming Fu (as Laska Winter)


The female head of a criminal gang in Chinatown is after a valuable jewel, and lets nothing stand in her way of finding it.

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See what happens in the underworld dens after dark!


Crime | Drama





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15 October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os EspiƵes de Shanghai  »

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Referenced in Love and Curses (1938) See more »

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So bad it's fun to watch; really a relic of twenties social mentality
28 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched "Chinatown After Dark" (1931) with Carmel Myers, Barbara Kent, Rex Lease, Edmund Breese, Frank Mayo, and Billy Gilbert. Wow!! Utterly unbelievable! Gilbert as a sneezing cop - in a half-way serious role, although it's a light part - is simply over-the-top for modern audiences. Would possibly have played better 90 years ago. But it's up against a group of Chinese in America (all played by American Caucasians!) who are bad, bad, bad. Except for Lotus, played by beautiful Barbara Kent, who turns out to be white (her father died and only a Chinese man played by Edmund Breese would take her in and raise her - yeah, right...)... Story concerns a dagger that happens to contain a very large and beautiful - and extremely valuable - stone...hidden inside the dagger, of course...

Rex Lease not playing a cowboy is something of a wonder in and of itself. His brother, played by Frank Mayo, has about as much energy as molasses dried on a plate. Carmel Myers, as a Chinese gang leader, is about as realistic as me being Chinese. Edmund Breese played Chinese several times - I've got him in several of these performances - and he's actually fairly good, although his part doesn't last very long.

This not only was shot on the cheap, but it screams the fact to the viewer. In fact, the scream is so loud it may remind someone of insanity where a scream inside the head won't go away!! Some of the acting is so bad as to be laughable. The film, I must admit, however, is still fun to watch. I'm not sure why. But I could actually recommend this to early film lovers of the transition period from silent to sound. This one has most of the technical faults, and it's a good study piece for that reason. Otherwise, be warned. I'll leave it at that.

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