Shadows of the Orient (1935)

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


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Cast overview:
Inspector Bob Baxter
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Inspector Sullivan
Oscar Apfel ...
Judge Avery
King Moss
Eddie Fetherston ...
James 'Flash' Dawson
Kit Guard ...
Spud Nolan
James B. Leong ...
Ching Chu


"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 <>

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6 July 1935 (USA)  »

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Orientens Skygger  »

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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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Not Much Orientalism
10 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A passable but essentially hum-drum action movie. Usually a title like this indicates that we will be able to view a fabulous collection of Chinese knick-knacks or see a group of our favourite uncredited Chinese actors and actresses milling around on a sound-stage, but, alas, "Shadows of the Orient" features only a short Chinese gambling sequence (fascinating but brief) and the ho-hum assortment of items in a rich man's collecion of orientalia, none of which are clearly seen on camera. After that it is bi-planes to Mexico and a lot of fighting and shooting by sturdy immigration and border patrol types, all Caucasian, with the brief exception of James B. Leong, looking quite dashing as a Chinese immigrant-smuggler.

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