Chinatown Squad (1935)

Approved  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  31 May 1935 (USA)
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Police search for the killer of a man who misused $700,000 intended for the Chinese Communists.



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Complete credited cast:
Hugh O'Connell ...
Sergeant McLeash
George Mason
Leslie Fenton ...
Su Quong
Bradley Page ...
Claude Palmer
E. Alyn Warren ...
John Yee (as E. Alyn [Fred] Warren)
Clay Clement ...
Earl Raybold
Arthur Hoyt ...
William Ward
Wallis Clark ...
Police Lieutenant Norris


Chinatown serves as the location where a Communist agent has been killed after he has been caught stealing money. The money was collected from Chinese people living in America. The police chase many leads and suspects until the killer is caught through the efforts of an ex-policeman turned bus driver. Written by Les Adams {longhorn1939@suddenlink.nt}

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31 May 1935 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Shooting lasted from Mar. 18-Apr. 6, 1935, released May 31. See more »


Referenced in The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. (1995) See more »

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Non horror entry in Universal's SHOCK! television package
9 May 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1935's "Chinatown Squad" was one of the handful of non genre titles included in Universal's popular SHOCK! package issued to television in the late 50's. I never encountered it on Pittsburgh's CHILLER THEATER, but it probably rates as one of the better ones, all 'B' programmers of little distinction, most of which dealt with spies or sabotage. This is a welcome whodunit with Lyle Talbot, still in the leading man phase of his career, getting most of the humorous lines, at the expense of Hugh O'Connell's bumbling police sergeant. The murder victim is conniving embezzler Earl Raybold (Clay Clement), who gets stabbed to death by fork (!) in a Chinatown cafe where all the suspects have conveniently shown up. The busy Valerie Hobson, fresh from "WereWolf of London" and "Bride of Frankenstein," is the main asset, playing a mysterious woman in black, trying to retrieve some incriminating letters from the dead man, while others search for a valuable ring which has disappeared. While monster loving urchins like myself would have turned up their noses at viewing this picture on local 'Creature Features,' this now adult movie buff found it most agreeable.

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