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Shadows of the Orient (1935)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 6 July 1935 (USA)
A classic "B" featurette about "smugglin' in Chinamen for $300 a load"

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(as Burt Lynwood)

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(story) (as L.E. Heifetz), (adaptation) (as Charles Francis Royal)
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Inspector Bob Baxter
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Inspector Sullivan
Oscar Apfel ...
Judge Avery
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King Moss
Eddie Fetherston ...
James 'Flash' Dawson
Kit Guard ...
Spud Nolan
James B. Leong ...
Ching Chu
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"Shadows of the Orient" was originally (and still is) a Larry Darmour production made under the Empire Films banner in 1935 and released in August of 1935, although Motion Picture Herald did not review it until February of 1936. Following the reorganization of Monogram, after W. Ray Johnston, Scott R. Dunlap, Trem Carr and Paul Malvern broke away from their short stay at Republic Pictures, Monogram was in need of product to fill their exhibitor committments and picked up the film from whatever state-rights limbo it was in, and sent it back out on August 13, 1937 under a Monogram Pictures logo with nothing to indicate it was a re-issue of a two year-old film. Its first New York showing was at the Central Theatre on October 11, 1937, 27 months after initial release through the Empire exchanges, and it had lost three minutes from its original 68 minutes. The Foreword tells it all: "Since the passing of the Oriental Exclusion Act the smuggling of aliens has been constant. Although the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film was first telecast Friday 2 January 1942 on New York City's pioneer commercial television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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[last lines]
[Bob snaps the handcuffs his wrist to Viola's]
Inspector Sullivan: Hey! What am I going to tell Graves about this?
Inspector Bob Baxter: Tell him I eloped with the secret agent that helped me crack this case.
Viola Avery: Whoopee!
Inspector Bob Baxter: And don't forget to turn in your resignation!
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Plane dumb
26 November 2005 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

A disappointingly dull 'actioner' here, that tells of evil Chinese smugglers (which, interestingly enough, are being stashed over the border in Mexico. All of this of course, is controlled by gangsters. A blonde socialite is soon caught up in all of this by getting wooed by the head honcho of this enterprise, who decides to use her for his own means. Luckily, the hotshot police detective hired to the case also has the hots for her.. I was actually surprised at how incompetent this movie was. Filled with boring dialogue, inane fight sequences, and gun fight sequences taken right out of the 'Police Squad' book of crimefighting,. But at least the beginning (where a pilot has a hilarious, and unexpected way to deal with unwanted cargo), and the ending, with it's plane chase (but not the ridiculous plane chase before it, where a plane with a machine gun can't shoot a plane down that's 10 feet in front of it) is interesting, but the rest is an unmitigated bore.


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