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China Passage (1937)

Tommy Baldwin and Joe Dugan are entrusted to carry a fabulous diamond. If they succeed, they will be well paid. If they fail, they will be well buried. When they go to pick up the diamond, ... See full summary »

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Tommy Baldwin (as Vinton Haworth)
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Anthony Durand
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Joe Dugan
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Harvey Dinwiddle
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Philip Burton
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Capt. Williams
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Dr. Sibley
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Ship's Bartender
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Elaine Gentry - Customs Agent aka Mrs. Katharine 'Kate' Collins
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Dr. Fang Tu (as Phillip Ahn)
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Lia Sen
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Arthur Trent
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Tommy Baldwin and Joe Dugan are entrusted to carry a fabulous diamond. If they succeed, they will be well paid. If they fail, they will be well buried. When they go to pick up the diamond, there is a great gun battle, a cannister of knock out gas, and the diamond is stolen. The police round up everyone that they can find in the area and search them, but the diamond is not found. Strangely, everyone who was rounded up that night and released boards the steamship Asiatic the next day traveling from Shanghai to San Francisco. Tommy and Joe only have the trip to find out who snatched the diamond, and they suspect the seven people from the night before. But as the trip progresses, the bodies begin to pile up and the clues are few. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Trapped by Shanghai's Diamond Smugglers! See more »


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12 March 1937 (USA)  »

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Production was delayed two weeks at the beginning of the year when Vinton Hayworth was injured in a car accident on January 1, 1937. See more »

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Upon docking in San Francisco, smoke can be seen entering the ship's smokestacks; obviously the shot was run backwards. See more »

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Tommy Baldwin: Jane, you're playing hopscotch on dynamite!
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The Wedding March
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Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Adventure as they all chase after the missing diamond
14 September 2017 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

In RKO's "China Passage", Tom Baldwin (Vinton Hayworth) and Joe Dugan (Gordon Jones) are to transport a diamond, for a nice fee. Coming just two years after MGM's "China Seas" with Clark Gable and Jean Harlow, this one claims to have a different writer, and thus a different story. There is a big fight, and when it's over, we are introduced to all kinds of characters who are probably all after the diamond. You'll recognize Dick Elliot... he was the mayor in "Andy Griffith". And of course, Billy Gilbert, who sneezed and coughed his way through all his films, is the bartender. Leslie Fenton (plays the writer), Constance Worth (Jane Dunn), and miscellaneous others are lurking about, clearly also after the diamond. It's a grand adventure... kind of goes all over the place. Neatly wrapped up at the end. Extra points if you figured out who had the diamond! Entertaining. This one focuses more on the missing diamond than the love story, and I guess that's the main difference between this one and the Gable/Harlow one. Only 40 votes on IMDb on this one. Must have been locked away for years. Worth watching. Directed by Ed Killy... a bit more info on him at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Killy .


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