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Chinatown at Midnight (1949)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 November 1949 (USA)
Clifford Ward is a thief working San Francisco's Chinatown district, and his stolen goods are fenced through an interior-decorators shop ran by Lisa Marcel. But when Ward murders two ... See full summary »

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Hurd Hatfield ...
Jean Willes ...
Tom Powers ...
Ray Walker ...
Sam Costa
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Fred Morgan
Jacqueline deWit ...
Lisa Marcel (as Jacqueline DeWit)
Maylia ...
Hazel Fong
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Eddie Marsh
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Joe Wing
Barbara Jean Wong ...
Betty Chang
Victor Sen Yung ...
Hotel Proprietor
Josephine Whittell ...
Mrs. Emily Dryden
Byron Foulger ...
Greer Pharmacy Druggist
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Clifford Ward is a thief working San Francisco's Chinatown district, and his stolen goods are fenced through an interior-decorators shop ran by Lisa Marcel. But when Ward murders two innocent victims during a hold-up, he has to hide out in a cheap hotel, and the police dragnet is closing in on him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Midnat i Chinatown  »

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1.37 : 1
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Typical Cheaply Shot Katzman B
12 July 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Hurd Hatfield is pretty good as the just-doing-what-he's-doing cheap psychopathic hood, and some nice location shooting by Henry Freulich helps, but the usual Sam Katzman cast and editing errors are far too noticeable in this cheap noir set in San Francisco's Chinatown, where the pants pressers have Scottish accents and it may be after midnight at the top of a building, but it's bright mid day on the street.

Other methods that are used to keep production costs down include shooting most of the outdoor scenes wild, subplots that vanish and telling the story through narration. Within its the penny-pinching context, almost everyone pulls off a professional if not particularly distinguished job. You may wish to see this once, but you most likely won't feel the need for a second viewing.


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