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The Terror of the Tongs (1961)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | 15 March 1961 (USA)
In 1910, Hong Kong members of a secret Tong crime syndicate protect their identities by murdering the daughter of a British sea captain who vows revenge.

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Chung King
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Lee
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Capt. Jackson Sale
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Beggar
Brian Worth ...
District Commissioner Harcourt
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Tang How - Tong Leader's Aide
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Tang Hao - Tong Enforcer
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Insp. Bob Dean
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Dr. Fu Chao - Tong Member
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Maya
Barbara Brown ...
Helena Sale
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Mr. Ming
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Tom Gill ...
Beamish
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Confucius (as Eric Young)
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Storyline

A secret society of Hong-Kong at the beginning of the century called "The Red Dragon Tong" kidnaps the captain of a ship in the harbour of Hong-Kong as he tries to detain the killers of his daughter. Because the secret society is very powerful it is not easy to free him from their hands. Written by Volker Boehm

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THE SENSUOUS PLEASURE-GIRL OWNED BY THE TONGS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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15 March 1961 (USA)  »

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Terror of the Hatchet Men  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)| (Eastmancolor) (UK prints)| (USA, theatrical prints)| (Technicolor) (USA, TV prints)

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1.66 : 1
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According to interviews, Harold Goodwin was bemused to be cast as a Chinese man. See more »

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The film is set in 1910, but the knee length female costumes, revealingly slit to the hip, are strictly 1960 Suzie Wong. See more »

Quotes

Tang Hao, tong enforcer: [to Jackson as he fakes illness to pull a gun] You underestimate the Oriental mind, Captain. The Chinese theater is the oldest in the world.
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THE TERROR OF THE TONGS (Anthony Bushell, 1961) ***
2 August 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly, I quite liked this atypical Hammer offering, which is basically a companion piece to THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY (1960) – with the setting changed to 1910s China, and the vicious “thuggees” replaced with the equally murderous Red Dragon Tongs. As a matter of fact, one might say that the script for STRANGLERS served as a virtual template for this one – to which Hammer then assigned Jimmy Sangster, their in-house scribe, in order to apply the necessary alterations (though, in the long run, the former still emerges as the better picture of the two)! With this in mind, THE TERROR OF THE TONGS likewise thrives on violent acts (with the exploitation factor increased a notch in this case thanks to the compulsively sleazy atmosphere of taverns and opium dens) – and the hero, too, is eventually subdued to excruciating torture but saved at the last minute.

Interestingly, Christopher Lee’s role as the Tong leader anticipates his later Fu Manchu characterization – which he played in five low-budget outings (of gradually decreasing merits) throughout the second half of the decade. While the gaunt actor is always worth watching, here he seems to be acting through his voice alone – as his character is usually depicted sitting down and ordering his underlings about (even when finally cornered, he keeps a thoroughly calm demeanor)! Geoffrey Toone is an agreeable hero, being unusually brawny: he goes after the Tongs after they callously murder his teenage daughter; later, he saves slave girl Yvonne Monlaur from their clutches – the French actress (who was also in THE BRIDES OF Dracula and CIRCUS OF HORRORS {both 1960}) is a delightful presence in the film, even if her role seldom rises above that of the ‘servile Oriental’ stereotype! Supporting characters include a crippled beggar (played by Marne Maitland, who was also in STRANGLERS) who’s secretly organizing opposition to the Tongs – and has no qualms about exploiting Toone’s personal tragedy to this end!; returning from the earlier film, too, is Roger Delgado – who virtually replicates his part of the chief villain’s closest henchman!

Ultimately, THE TERROR OF THE TONGS looks very good in color and is generally pacy at just 76 minutes; by the way, director Bushell had himself been an actor – numbering genre roles such as the bland hero of THE GHOUL (1933) and the ill-fated snobbish Colonel in the QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1958) TV serial among his resume'.


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