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I Cover Chinatown (1936)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Music  |  1 October 1936 (USA)
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A tour guide in Chinatown and his girlfriend get mixed up with jewel thieves and murder.



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Cast overview:
Norman Foster ...
Elaine Shepard ...
Gloria Watkins
Vince Barnett ...
Puss McGaffey - the Bus Driver
Theodore von Eltz ...
Clark Duryea
Arthur Lake ...
Insurance Salesman
Polly Ann Young ...
Myra Duryea
Eddie Gribbon ...
Truck Driver
Edward Emerson ...
Victor Duryea
George Hackathorne ...
Head Waiter
Bruce Mitchell ...
Police Detective
Robert Love ...
Charita Alden ...
Rae - Hawaiian Dancer
Andy Iona ...
Band Leader Andy Iona, as Andy Iona and His Recording Hawaiians
The Recording Hawaiians ...
Andy Iona Band


Two San Francisco brothers, Clark (Theodore von Eltz)and Victor Duryea ('Edward Emerson'), run a jewelry store in Chinatown that really serves as a fencing operation for stolen goods. Clark's wife, Myra (Polly Ann Young), becomes aware of their crooked operation and states her intentions to leave him. Clark, fearing that Myra will inform the police, kills her and stuffs her body in a truck. Meanwhile, Myra's sister, Gloria Watkins (Elaine Shepherd), comes to San Francisco to visit her sister, finds out she is missing, and sets out to investigate her disappearance. Along, the way, she is aided by "Puss" McGaffey ('Vince Barnett'), a Chinatown tour-bus driver and his friend Eddie Barton (Norman Foster), the tour-bus barker who aspires to be a private detective Written by Les Adams <>

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1 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No Bairro Chinês  »

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Norman Foster's last film as leading man and first as director. See more »

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Nice indie
28 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're a film collector there's always a few films from your childhood you've been looking for for years. I Cover Chinatown was the last on my bucket list. It just became available From Satellite Media Production. I hadn't known the name of the film or its stars. Fortunately, I found it listed in the Forgotten Horrors book and would occasionally search for it on the net.

The film is a cheap indie that rises above these restrictions to produce a nice comedy/drama with horror touches. It benefits from exteriors shot in San Francisco, obviously taken with a silent era camera. The chase through the streets is a precursor to Bullit. The major players are excellent. Norman Foster is both hero and director. As his star faded he jumped at the chance to direct which opened a whole new career for him. Theodore Von Eltz plays a cold blooded killer most believably. Elaine Shepard is both fetching and strong. A competent heroine. She deserved a better career than she had. The comedy elements are unfortunate as they usually are in films like these but I never forgot the beard sightings. Overall, worth your time.

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