4.6/10
151
9 user 7 critic

Shadow of Chinatown (1936)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 October 1936 (USA)
A madman sets out to destroy a group of Chinatown merchants.

Director:

(as Bob Hill)

Writers:

(original story) (as Rock Hawkey), (continuity) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A military intelligence officer and a pretty reporter try to find a scientist whose inventions can destroy the world.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Robert Kent, Dorothy Arnold
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Feature version of the 1936 serial "Shadow of Chinatown."

Director: Robert F. Hill
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Bruce Bennett, Joan Barclay
Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A mad scientist tries to sell his formula for a dist integrating gas to foreign powers.

Directors: Alan James, William Witney
Stars: Ralph Byrd, Bela Lugosi, Maxine Doyle
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A scientist, aided by an old hag and her two sons, kills virginal brides, steals their bodies, and extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young.

Director: Wallace Fox
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Luana Walters, Tristram Coffin
Black Dragons (1942)
Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A cabal of American industrialists, all fifth-columnists intent on sabotaging the war effort, are methodically murdered by the malevolent Monsieur Colomb. It is only until detective Dick ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Joan Barclay, George Pembroke
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Postal inspectors track down money stolen from a railroad car.

Director: Otto Brower
Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Patricia Ellis, Michael Loring
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts him.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Polly Ann Young, John McGuire
Phantom Ship (1935)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

During a horrific storm at sea, the crew realizes that there is a murderer among them who is killing them off one by one.

Director: Denison Clift
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Shirley Grey, Arthur Margetson
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

James Houghland, inventor of a new method by which television signals can be instantaneously sent anywhere in the world, refuses to sell the process to television companies, who then send ... See full summary »

Director: Clifford Sanforth
Stars: Bela Lugosi, June Collyer, Huntley Gordon
Fantasy | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

On the mystic island of Lemuria, the cult of Ubasti seek the Egyptian Princess Nadji to sacrifice so that their goddess Ossana, whose soul resides in Nadji's body, may be resurrected by ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Taylor
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Maria Alba, Clara Kimball Young
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Two bumbling press agents must search for a zombie to fulfill a commitment to their ex-gangster boss's new nightclub or face the consequences.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Bela Lugosi
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An insurance investigator arrives at a creepy mansion to protect a millionaire who has had death threats made against him.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Jack Haley, Jean Parker, Bela Lugosi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
Martin Andrews (as Herman Brix)
Joan Barclay ...
Luana Walters ...
Maurice Liu ...
...
Henchman Grogan [Chs. 1-13]
William Buchanan ...
...
John Cowell ...
White Chinaman [Ch. 1] (as Jack Cowell)
James B. Leong ...
Wong [Chs. 5-13]
Henry T. Tung ...
Dr. Wu [Chs. 1-5, 12-15]
Paul Fung ...
Tom Chu [Chs. 1,2]
George Chan ...
Old Luce [Chs. 1,2,7]
Moy Ming ...
Wong's Brother Charlie [Chs. 10-11]
Edit

Storyline

Released both as a 15-chapter serial and as a condensed feature version (for theaters that didn't use serials) which means that all of the cast and crew would one day be credited in some sources with a misleading extra film appearance added to their filmographies even though they only worked on (and got paid) for one performance or job. The story (serial and/or feature) deals with the plotting of a European importing firm to put Chinese trade competition in a west coast Chinatown - city unnamed, but it's by the bay and it isn't Oakland - out of business. Their representative, Sonya Rokoff/The Dragon Lady, a beautiful Eurasian girl, hires Victor Poten, a mad Eurasian chemist and inventor and an equal-opportunity racist who hates both Chinese and White races, to aid her. Poten, by means of his infernal inventions and underworld henchmen, conducts successful raids on the Chinese merchants and also successfully eludes the people hunting and investigating him. Those include newspaper ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Thrills and chills and shivering shocks as a crazed scientist terrorizes the underworld! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sombra do Bairro Chinês  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 chapters)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The titles of the 15 individual chapters, and their respective running times are:
  • The Arms of the Gods: 26.15


  • The Crushing Walls: 17.00


  • 13 Ferguson Alley: 17.00


  • Death on the Wire: 17.04


  • The Sinister Ray: 16.25


  • The Sword Thrower: 17.25


  • The Noose: 21.29


  • Midnight: 17.32


  • The Last Warning: 18.46


  • The Bomb: 20.00


  • Thundering Doom: 18.31


  • Invisible Gas: 18.22


  • The Brink of Disaster: 18.27


  • The Fatal Trap: 18.25


  • The Avenging Powers: 17.48


  • The chapters have a total running time of 280.5 minutes (4 hours 40 minutes)


See more »

Goofs

At the end of chapter 14 (repeated at the beginning of 15) you can clearly hear the director cuing Luana Walters to begin running. See more »

Quotes

Willy Fu: I accede to honorable request of thugs.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits of crew and cast are flipped as pages of a book. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Another Sleep Inducer
15 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As I often say, I enjoy watching the master, Lugosi, in just about anything. The problem with this is he doesn't have much to do. In order to create a serial, it's necessary for the bad guy to continue to goof up, leaving his adversaries alive to continue the pursuit. The episodes are an endless trapezing of zombie like lackeys and air headed reporters. There's enough sexism to go around for a long time. The conclusion will make some gag. Chinatown businesses are the target of Lugosi who is "Eurasian" and very angry about something, I guess being Eurasian. He tries to destroy the town just for spite. It's an endless parade of pratfalls and silly hypnotism. The one young Asian woman is very beautiful. She is the honorable one in the film, but has been used by Lugosi and he has a hypnotic control over her. It all comes out in the wash, as if we cared.


1 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Film showings jamerson5
Discuss Shadow of Chinatown (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?