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Fresh from Chinatown in New York, Harry Young has taken over the illegal import business in the seamy Limehouse district of London, where he cold-bloodedly disposes of rivals and runs a smoky nightclub. He falls for a low-class, white pickpocket, diminishing his pride in the Chinese half of his heritage and sparking the jealousy of the nightclub's moody star performer. Written by
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
I saw this one ages ago and liked it. George Raft is not the first actor one would think of to play a half-Chinese, but once cast, given the bizarre premise, he's not so catastrophic as one might expect. The movie is set in London's famous Limehouse district, which was where all the Chinese in the city used to live. It's a combination crime story-romance-sociological study, and as such fascinating just to look at, for a glimpse of a bygone era. The supporting cast is quite strong. I sense in this film the influence of director Joseph Von Sternberg (who is not listed in the credits, I should add), but who was still under contract to Paramount when this was made, and who was attracted to all things Eastern and exotic. A dark, very watchable movie, for those who like such things.
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