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West of Shanghai (1937)

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Karloff is the Chinese warlord Fang, who holds a group of oilmen and missionaries hostage in a remote Chinese outpost.



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Complete credited cast:
Wu Yen Fang
Jane Creed
Gordon Creed
Gordon Oliver ...
Jim Hallet
Sheila Bromley ...
Lola Galt
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Chow Fu-Shan
Gordon Hart ...
Dr. Abernathy
Richard Loo ...
Mr. Cheng
Chester Gan ...
Kung Nui


Gordon Creed travels to a remote site in the Chinese back country in order to obtain rights to a great oil reserve owned by wildcatter Jim Hallet, who is in danger of losing the rights to foreclosure. Creed's estranged wife is a missionary at the same locale, and she is in love with Hallet. When a bandit/warlord named General Wu Yen Fang takes over the village, Creed tries to play his own wife off the general in an attempt to cheat Hallet out of his oil and to escape the clutches of the warlord. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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He'll kill you on a moment's notice!


Adventure | Drama | War


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30 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

China Bandit  »

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1.37 : 1
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General Ma: Sorry to cause you this trouble. We have found the murderer.
[Suspect has been lead outside]
Myron Galt: I'm certainly glad you found him.
Lola Galt: What are you going to do with him?
Gordon Creed: [Laconically after the sound of firing squad report] They're gonna bury him.
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26 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent movie directed by John Farrow,(Mia Farrow's father) and involves American promoters Myron Galt(Douglas Wood) and Gordon Creed(Ricardo Cortez) who arrive in a village where bandit's are infested throughout the country side of northern China. They plan to foreclose on a valuable oil concession owned by Jim Hallet(Gordon Oliver). However, Creed finds his estranged wife, Jane (Beverly Roberts), a medical missionary, is falling in love with Hallet. He will not give her a divorce, in the meantime an army of bandits looking for money and possessions are lead by their renegade general,Wu Yen Fang(Boris Karloff), he takes over the entire city and uses the Christian Mission as a headquarters. Americans and missionaries find themselves prisoners of Boris Karloff and he does a good job of terrorizing them. West of Shanghai in 1923 was a silent film and also a talkie version in 1930. Walter Houston repeated the role of the Mexican bandit. This is a very slow B movie. Karloff is starred, and does the best that he can to portray a Chinese bandit using the methods of American racketeers. Boris Karloff's acting and makeup is great which made this picture into a classic.

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