Nightclub singer Della Mason (Judith Allen)witnesses a murder and is forced by the killer to flee with him from the scene of the crime. Escaping from the gangster, she secretly boards the ... See full summary »
Nightclub singer Della Mason (Judith Allen)witnesses a murder and is forced by the killer to flee with him from the scene of the crime. Escaping from the gangster, she secretly boards the ship of Captain Josiah Storm (Harry Carey), a woman-hater, and the ship sails from San Francisco headed for China. Della is discovered by Jim Benton (Milburn Stone, the ship's first mate and he pleads her case to the captain. He leaves her in under the protection of Minnie (Jane Jones)at "Minnie's Joint in Shanghai, until her innocence can be established. Written by
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A girl escapes aboard ship to Hong Kong, while the San Francisco police look for her on a wrongful murder charge.
The most interesting part of this Monogram cheapo is whether Della (Allen) is being delivered into a Hong Kong bordello or a sorority school for girls. Note how the script plays around with the nature of Minnie's (Jones) establishment for example, there's the girls just lounging around in dressing gowns, including the tough talking Chicago (Compson) and the blonde girl (Katrina) of unknown extraction, all presided over by a rotund war horse of a woman. Looks to me like a place where a sailor could go for a good time, no matter what they say. Of course, this is several years after the restrictive Production Code, so the script has to play cute.
One thing for surethe cast principals are a lot better than the material. Carey and Stone are excellent. But to me,the girls in particular shine. I especially like the weight-challenged Jones who looks like a haystack but sings like a canary. Maybe you can figure out what the Chinese guy (Vincenot) is up to. I couldn't, but who cares. That shoot-out aboard ship is one of the worst I've seenguys firing straight into one another, yet nobody gets hit. Maybe they were firing blanks. Add the cheap sets and some bad acting from Vincenot and Fain, and you've got a typically tacky Monogram product.
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