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
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!


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15 October 1931 (USA)  »

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Os Espiões de Shanghai  »

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Low Budget Ancient Chinese Secret
13 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is just another one of the incompetently acted and written C-grade films put out by gone-and-forgotten Action Pictures (one of many early-sound era independent feature film companies that came and went by the mid-thirties). At least there are a few Chinese actors and extras used to add ethnic authenticity, but you still have the woefully inept Carmel Myers as Madame Ying Su and Barbara Kent as Lotus. Billy Gilbert is the comedy relief as a flustered cop named Dooley. He's also the only decent actor in the bunch; the rest fumbling with their dialogue, including hero Rex Lease. It's all in an effort to tell the cliché story of the murderous desire for an oriental dagger that contains a valuable ring inside it. Rex Lease jumps into the case to help out his brother. Gilbert is cop hot on Lease's trail, thinking he's a killer. Most of Gilbert's "comedy" is sneezing loudly whenever he's in contact with a flower. Like Gilbert's allergy, this dull thriller should be kept out of contact from viewers.

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