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Daughter of the Tong (1939)

Approved  |   |  Action, Crime, Film-Noir  |  28 August 1939 (USA)
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A detective matches wits with the female leader of an Oriental crime ring.

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Carney - The Illustrious One
Grant Withers ...
Ralph Dickson
Dorothy Short ...
Dave O'Brien ...
Jerry Morgan
Richard Loo ...
Wong, Hotel Clerk
Dirk Thane ...
Henchman Ward
Harry Harvey ...
Harold 'Mugsy' Winthrop
Budd Buster ...
'Lefty' McMillan
Robert Frazer ...
FBI Chief Williams
Hal Taliaferro ...
FBI Agent Lawson
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A detective matches wits with the female leader of an Oriental crime ring.

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28 August 1939 (USA)  »

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I kori tou drakou  »

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Yet another terrible Poverty Row schlock-fest
20 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

By the way, this DVD was released by Alpha Video---a company which sometimes releases some wonderfully obscure titles (mostly public domain) but which NEVER cleans up the prints or adds closed captions. In other words, the DVD production values are strictly 3rd-rate...at best. In this case, the sides of the picture are all clipped off--like someone videotaped it right off TV and missed the edges. It's also super-fuzzy and washed out--making it a chore to watch.

This film has a very strange title in many ways. A 'Tong' is a Chinese mob that was strongly associated with assassinations and violence at the early part of the 20th century. However, there are almost no Asians in the film and the supposed leader of the Tong is a joke. Evelyn Brent sports a black wig and is supposed to be a Chinese mob boss--even though she seems about as Chinese as Eva Gabor--and Miss Gabor's accent sounded a bit closer to Chinese!! The plot involves the FBI infiltration of the Tong as well as the story of a man who is trying to escape from the mob's clutches. None of it is particularly interesting and the film seems much, much longer than its 53 minute running time, as it's dreadfully dull entertainment.

By the way, I referred to this as a 'Poverty Row' film. This is a nickname given to the tiniest studios during the 1930s and 40s and they usually didn't even have their own studios--renting space in a major studio at night. This means that this Metropolitan Picture was probably, for most indoor scenes, filmed at nigh. Production values and quality at most of these low-rent studios was generally very low, though on occasion they made dandy films...and this is certainly not one of them!!


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