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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)


(continuity), (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »

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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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10 October 1936 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Decent poor-boy's 'Charlie Chan' knockoff serial edit worth a look for adventurous Lugosi fans!
18 April 2016 | by (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Bela Lugosi is one of my favourites of the first stage of horror presences (not including silent cinema), but compared to his contemporaries (Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Lon Chaney Jr.), he had more than his share of turkeys. The atmospheric, Hungarian-born, quite charismatic actor starred in one of them here, in this 'Charlie Chan'-knockoff serial. I tend to love them, but this is a minor, 70-minute editing of the 15-episode, 281-minute edition. It has decent supporting players, in Joan Barclay and Bruce Bennett, a woman trying to become an exciting news reporter, rather than simply the newspaper's society column editor, and her boss, respectively, who end up, predictably enough, romantically entangled as they try to discover what and who's behind raids threatening competitor merchants in San Francisco's Chinatown from the business interests of Lugosi's employer, the gorgeous Dragon Lady (Luana Walters). Lugosi gives your money's worth as the despicable and ruthless villain.

My copy came from my legendary Mill Creek 50-pack 'Nightmare Worlds', and if you enjoy serials, Lugosi or 30's detective films such as the 'Charlie Chan' series, it's a decent poor-boy's version and worth a watch. I would prefer to see the full version, but that's just me. If you're just marginally interested in them or prefer Lugosi in his more horrific fare, this may prove boring for you, and I would suggest that instead, you stick to his better-known projects with more money behind them and better directors--they offer you much more meat to sink your *ahem* teeth into.

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