John Fenton, a British secret-service agent in China, is given the assignment of learning how smugglers go undetected while delivering guns into the interior for General Ling, a ruthless ... See full summary »
John Fenton, a British secret-service agent in China, is given the assignment of learning how smugglers go undetected while delivering guns into the interior for General Ling, a ruthless war lord. It is revealed early on that General Ling is actually Mr. Wong, a rich Hong Kong merchant, who, under the guise of sending food supplies into the interior for the poor, is having his guns and ammunition smuggled through on the same trucks. Mr. Wong is not one to be trifled with and goes to great lengths for his own amusement...such as inserting a poisoned needle in a chess piece, and playing in such a manner that his honored guest will be forced to play the piece, prick his finger and die in front of his honorable host. Mr. Wong says check-mate long before any of his games end. Fenton gets a hunch and ere-long he and Genearal Ling/Mr. Wong are involved in a game-of-wits that turns life-or-death. Written by
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This film was made at Shepperton studios in the days when the owners were more concerned about churning out quota quickies to keep the studio occupied than in making films of quality.For some reason both British and American film makers seemed obsessed with oriental themes in the 30s.Charlie Chan,Mr Moto,Fu Manchu.In the UK there were the films of Anna May Wong,plus others such as Broken Blossoms and this one.Griffiths Jones plays a secret agent in Hong Kong trying to discover who is the smuggler of guns to General Ling.Like many films of this era oriental parts are played by European actors.The problem is that if you compare this films against its American equivalents eg Shanghai Express and The Bitter Tea Of General Yen the British film
looks far inferior.This is partly due to the small budgets.In part this film looks as if it had been filmed in a studio the size of a bathroom.To a certain extent the plot of this film was a copy of the plots of the 2 films previously mentioned.Little wonder it is totally forgotten.
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