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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »
Don't have high expectations, just let yourself be entertained...
Here's another one of the many crime B movies set in some Chinatown that were so popular in the 30s; unfortunately, it's not one of the best. The acting is hammy, the plot is thin to put it mildly (a greedy Chinese lady is hunting for a hugely precious gem that belongs to an ancient Chinese family, while two American brothers get mixed up with the whole case - and with a beautiful young American girl that was brought up by the Chinese, and acts and thinks almost more like a Chinese than like an American; but that changes when she gets to know one of the two adventurers a little better...); in short, a typical Poverty Row product to fill the gap in the movie program of the days in between the Newsreels and the A movie...
And yet it's still got something charming about it; the bragging sap of a police detective and the hard-boiled adventurers, who are all talking in a gutter language that the better educated Chinese (including the young American girl) can't understand, the two young people falling in love with each other virtually at first sight, and in contrast the bad, ruthless lady that wants to get hold of the jewel (and doesn't look Chinese at all, by the way) and the dark alleys and houses of Chinatown where danger is lurking everywhere - it's quite nice entertainment for a rainy Sunday afternoon; just don't have too high expectations, that's all.
This is a B movie, and fans of the genre will surely get something out of it; in fact, in a way it awakes almost nostalgic feelings if you watch it today, more than 80 years after its making - cinema-goers were easier to please back then, and not as 'highbrow' as they pretend to be nowadays...
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