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Shadow of Chinatown (1936)

Approved | | Horror, Thriller | 10 October 1936 (USA)
Feature version of the 1936 serial "Shadow of Chinatown."


(as Bob Hill)


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Complete credited cast:
Victor Poten (archive footage)
Martin Andrews (archive footage) (as Herman Brix)
Joan Whiting (archive footage)
Sonya Rokoff (archive footage)
Maurice Liu ...
Willy Fu (archive footage)
Grogan (a thug) (archive footage)
William Buchanan ...
Healy (a thug) (archive footage)
Police Capt. Waters (archive footage)
John Cowell ...
Willie (archive footage)
James B. Leong ...
Wong (archive footage)
Henry T. Tung ...
Dr. Wu (archive footage)
Paul Fung ...
Tom Chu (archive footage)
George Chan ...
Old Luce (archive footage)
Moy Ming ...
Wong's Brother (archive footage)


Feature version of the 1936 serial "Shadow of Chinatown."

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. Its earliest documented telecast in New York City took place Sunday 25 June 1950 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »


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Very underwhelming Bela Lugosi potboiler
26 October 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Merchants in the Chinatown district are targeted by evil European business people intent on taking over their territory. The obvious answer? To hire a mad scientist of course! An inquisitive male/female duo investigates and try to thwart the dastardly plan.

Shadow of Chinatown was edited into feature length from a fifteen part serial of the same name. It's only real selling point nowadays is its star actor Bela Lugosi. But before anyone gets too excited about this, it has to be said that it's a very lacklustre performance from the Hungarian star. Even by 1936 he was slumming it in cheap undistinguished b-pictures like this one. I've seen a few films from various eras that were made from editing episodes of serials together and, with few exceptions, they usually end up being really poor. This one is no exception to this general rule and ultimately is a pretty forgettable viewing experience.

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