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Edgar Wallace (novel) (play "On the Spot") and
William R. Lipman (writer)
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Release Date:
11 March 1938 (USA) See more »
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Anna May Wong ... Madame Lan Ying

Akim Tamiroff ... Stephan Recka

Gail Patrick ... Margaret Van Case

Lloyd Nolan ... Inspector Brandon

Harvey Stephens ... Philip Easton

Anthony Quinn ... Nicholas 'Nicki' Kusnoff

Roscoe Karns ... Duncan

Porter Hall ... Mayor Bradley
Barlowe Borland ... James - Recka's Butler

Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Emily Carson

Hugh Sothern ... Harvey Gregson

Edward Pawley ... John Rance

Ellen Drew ... Secretary (as Terry Ray)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lynn Bailey ... Guest at Party (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Waiter (uncredited)
Grace Benham ... Guest at Party (uncredited)

Stanley Blystone ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Pop - Old Time Uniformed Policeman (uncredited)

Donald Brian ... Judge Parker (uncredited)
Robert Brister ... Councilman Murkil (uncredited)
Harvey Clark ... Mr. Barnett (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Sheila Darcy ... Guest at Party (uncredited)
Estelle Etterre ... Guest at Party (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Policeman (uncredited)

John Hart ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Pompous Man (uncredited)

Evelyn Keyes ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Jack Knoche ... Messenger (uncredited)

Rita La Roy ... Mrs. Barnett (uncredited)
Eddie Marr ... Crouch (uncredited)
Andre Marsaudon ... Second Butler (uncredited)

Joyce Mathews ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Frank Melton ... Man at Racetrack (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Policeman (uncredited)

Harry Myers ... Guest at Party (uncredited)
Rudolf Myzet ... Musician at Party (uncredited)
David Newell ... Guest at Party (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Mike Tookey - Chauffeur (uncredited)
Carol Parker ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Margaret Randall ... Phone Girl (uncredited)

Suzanne Ridgway ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Cyril Ring ... Guest at Party (uncredited)
Ruth Rogers ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Shirley Ross ... Herself / Singer on Recording (voice) (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Guest at Party (uncredited)
Blanca Vischer ... Guest at Party (uncredited)

Pierre Watkin ... Senator Carson (uncredited)

Harry Worth ... Haley (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Florey 
Writing credits
Edgar Wallace (novel) (play "On the Spot")

William R. Lipman  writer
Horace McCoy  writer

Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl 
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
John B. Goodman  (as John Goodman)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Goldsmith .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
A.E. Freudeman .... interior decorator
Sound Department
Harry Lindgren .... sound mixer
Richard Olson .... sound mixer
Music Department
Charles Bradshaw .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Friedrich Hollaender .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sigmund Krumgold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
Factual errors: While listening admiringly to music by Bach, Recka says "He died in 1695." Bach was born in 1685 and died in 1750.See more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A must-see among B movies, 3 September 2006
Author: a666333 from Canada

This is about as good as a one hour B movie can get. While coming from the series of Paramount's Anna May Wong vehicles made in the late 30s, it rises above the straight formula nature of the vast majority of B movies with strong acting, various aspects of the art direction, and a final scene that is genuinely suspenseful. As usual, Wong visually dominates her scenes. The directing and editing play on that to the hilt.

For those into the subtle art of references slipped into the background, symbolism, use of numbers, etc, there is a lot to look for and see in this movie.

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