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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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China Bandit  »

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The original play takes place in the heart of bandit-infested Mexico, but to capitalize on the interest in China, the location was changed to China. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Wu Yen Fang: [Introducing himself to the Westerners in the room] How you do? I am Fang. I speak most dang bad English. I think I make you understand.
Dr. Abernathy: We understand, General. We are your prisoners.
Gen. Wu Yen Fang: No, I your guest! But please not to leave the town. Tis not nice - make Fang mad.
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So bad he's good
19 December 2015 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Boris Karloff plays another of his Asian roles in this film (e.g., Fun Manchu, "Charlie Chan at the Opera", "Mr. Wong, Detective"), but this time he is in full gear. This is his campiest performance yet, not merely to the broken English but to facial makeup and appliances that must have been used by Marlon Brando decades later in "Viva Zapata". His dialogue is a hoot, especially the caustic interactions between Kang and Mrs. Creed (Beverly Roberts). It is literally so bad that it's good. Look for the ever present Richard Loo who plays Kang's aide. Loo was Master Sun (the Weapons Master) in the TV series "Kung Fu" and appeared in more than 100 films.


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