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Hong Kong Nights (1935)

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  24 December 1935 (USA)
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Customs agents track a ring of arms smugglers into Hong Kong.

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Tom Keene ...
Tom Keene
Wera Engels ...
Trina Vidor
Warren Hymer ...
Wally
Tetsu Komai ...
Wong
Cornelius Keefe ...
Gil Burris
Tom London ...
Blake
Freeman Lang ...
Capt. Evans
Allan Cavan ...
Mr. Caulder
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Tom Keene and Wally are agents of the U.S. Customs Department assigned to breaking up a gang of gun-smugglers in Macao, led by American gangster Gil Burris. Wally disappears and Keene and Trina Vidor are left on a remote island to face the unknown dangers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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AMERICAN COURAGE AGAINST ORIENTAL CUNNING! (original one-sheet poster)

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Action | Drama | Romance

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24 December 1935 (USA)  »

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"Wally", the comedy sidekick, simply disappears about two-thirds into the movie, and is never heard from nor mentioned again. See more »

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A giant head passes by Wally and Trina during a rear-projected street scene. See more »

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A Majority Of Viewers Will Not Often Return For This Not For The Particular "B" Movie Undertaking.
15 June 2008 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

Tom Keene, cast here as Tom Keene, an agent of an unidentified United States Government department who receives his assignments through auspices of the American Embassy in Hong Kong, is but seldom out of danger during the course of this low-budget action programmer that is loaded with exciting incident but hindered by a cluttered storyline. After being handed a photograph of a dangerous gun running suspect who is purportedly supplying weapons to Chinese insurgents, Keene spots the villain, Gil Burris (Cornelius Keefe), in a gambling club accompanied by his fiancée, Trina Vidal (Wera Engels), whose beauty dazzles Tom, despite the company that she apparently is keeping. These three, along with Tom's loutish sidekick Wally (Warren Hymer) are the evident principals in the scenario, but the actual linchpin of the tale is a somewhat enigmatic Mister Wong (Tetsu Komai) whose alliance with the rounder Burris is due to flaws in judgement upon his part rather than to possessing an evil core. Wong, who comes from a village into which Burris is intending to smuggle arms, ammunition and explosives, wears a bracelet, given him by a respected elder as means of bringing good fortune to its new wearer, this ornament becoming the vector propelling the storyline as Keene, representing the Forces of Good against those of Evil, covets the unique adornment. This largely episodic location melodrama is never less than watchable, but hardly distinguished, with the work's most interesting portions being those that contain stock footage of Hong Kong, filmed during the 1920s, including live action scenes at that city's famed polo ground, although most of the film is shot upon the hoary Mack Sennett lot off Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, California, before it was acquired by Republic Pictures. This is Tom Keene's first film following his most well-known appearance, as lead in King Vidor's OUR DAILY BREAD, and he is effective and in fine physical trim as a G-Man for this picture that is dubious entertainment at best. Acting honours go to willowy and beautiful Engels, whose native bent for comedy is barely touched upon here in a movie that caused her to decide that returning to her home nation, Germany, would be preferable to continuing with her career in "Poverty Row" affairs such as this Walter Futter produced piece that was also the determining element behind director E. Mason Hopper's resolution to retire from the motion picture business. The film, although fast-moving, is poorly edited as is apparent from its release upon an Alpha DVD that includes no extras and, as it has not been remastered, there is only mediocre sound quality in addition to a good many visual elisions.


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