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West of Shanghai (1937)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, War | 30 October 1937 (USA)
Karloff is the Chinese warlord Fang, who holds a group of oilmen and missionaries hostage in a remote Chinese outpost.

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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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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

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Some of the sets were left over from "The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)." See more »

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Gen. Wu Yen Fang: I've seen man not fight for his money. I've seen man not fight for his life. Not before, have seen man not fight for his woman.
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Remake of The Bad Man (1930) See more »

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Karloff helps make this B movie an exception to the rule
24 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Boris Karloff is a renegade Chinese warlord, with his mind set on military success and sex. Ricardo Cortez begins the film as the "romantic lead", but Karloff's character ends up being the more sympathetic of the two. This is a B movie that knows it, and it pretty much succeeds in everything it does attempt. Interesting parallel towards the end between Gordon Oliver's barely-missed execution and Karloff's more final one. Karloff's makeup does not convince, but his performance does; he brings humor and strength to the character.


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