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Captured in Chinatown (1935)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Romance  |  July 1935 (USA)
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A feud between two gangs in Chinatown breaks out into a tong war.



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Cast overview:
Tarzan ...
Tarzan (as Tarzan the Police Dog)
Marion Shilling ...
Charles Delaney ...
Bob Martin
Philo McCullough ...
Paul Ellis ...
Robert Walker ...
Bobby Nelson ...
John Elliott ...
Butler--City Editor
Bo Ling ...
Joy Ling
James B. Leong ...
Wong (as Jimmy Leon)
Wing Foo ...
Tom Wong
Paul C. Fong ...
Lieu Ling


Ann Parker and Bob Martin, reporters on the Daily CHronicle, go to Chinatown to get a story on the wedding that is supposed to bring an end to a long-standing feud between warring Chinese Tongs. The theft of a wedding-present necklace starts the feud anew. Ann and Bob are drawn into the dangerous situation but Tarzan, Famous Police Dog, is a vital factor in solving the mystery which results in a final victory over the real criminals and restoration and goodwill between the warring clans. Written by Les Adams <>

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Tong-war in Chinatown! A drama of the Oriental fury that knows no bounds! See more »


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July 1935 (USA)  »

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Kineziki vendetta  »

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Before there was Lassie, there was Tarzan!
15 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When I saw that this film starred Tarzan, I was confused--after all, the film is about Chinatown! However, I checked and realized that Tarzan is a dog--a dog that starred in three different films--and "Captured in Chinatown" was his last.

The film begins in Chinatown. A romance has blossomed that looks like another Romeo & Juliet, as the two lovers come from rival families--ones that have hated each other for years. However, eventually they are able to get the families to bury the hatchet (literally and figuratively). To seal the truce, one family is going to give the other a rare jade necklace. However, some scum-bags (including a guy named Zamboni) are out to steal it.

Into this mess come two reporters, Bob and Ann. But the real hero among them is Bob's dog, Tarzan. Again and again, Tarzan seems smarter and more capable than anyone--sort of like a German Shepherd version of Lassie--but even smarter. For instance, when Bob commits a HUGE cliché by beating up a bad guy and NOT picking up the gun, only minutes later, Tarzan is smart enough to do this! All in all, it's pretty much what you'd expect from a wonder-dog film from a tiny studio. Reasonably entertaining but silly as well (think about it--the day is save by a DOG!!). The one interesting positive is that Chinese people really played the Chinese characters--something very unusual for the time (when often white folks pretended to be Asian)

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