Checkmate: Season 1, Episode 14

Terror from the East (7 Jan. 1961)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Anthony George ...
Reverend Wister
Dale Ishimoto ...
General Wu
Victor Sen Yung ...
Pilar Seurat ...
Mrs. Chang
Weaver Levy ...
Guy Lee ...
Chinese Boy
William Yip ...
Ticket Man
Willard Lee ...
Tommy Lee ...
Walter (as Tommy H. Lee)


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The blank wall Chinatown shows to outsiders
6 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In his next to last acting role Charles Laughton plays a clergyman recently returned from the Far East looking for someone of prominence in the San Francisco community of Chinatown. Upon disembarking from the boat he gets shot by some Oriental gentleman who later turns up dead.

As it turns out Laughton is on his way to hire the Checkmate team to find the individual in Chinatown he's looking for. But Anthony George and Doug McClure get maybe a bit more than the usual blank wall that Chinatown shows to outsiders.

The plot construction is a bit inferior and simple forensics that the villain should have been aware of, trap him. But Laughton plays his role with his usual relish and his scenes with the criminologist Sebastian Cabot have some real distinction.

This is an episode where one sits back and enjoys Charles Laughton and forgets the rather large plot holes and poor writing for this particular Checkmate.

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