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The Hatchet Man (1932)

A hatchet man is ordered to kill his close friend for the sake of Tong.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Achmed Abdullah (play), David Belasco (play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Wong Low Get
Loretta Young ... Sun Toya San
Dudley Digges ... Nog Hong Fah
Leslie Fenton ... Harry En Hai
Edmund Breese ... Yu Chang
Tully Marshall ... Long Sen Yat
J. Carrol Naish ... Sun Yat Ming (as J. Carroll Naish)
Charles Middleton ... Lip Hop Fat
E. Alyn Warren ... Soo Lat, the Cobbler
Edward Peil Sr. ... Bing Foo (as Eddie Piel)
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San Francisco Tong hatchet man Wong must execute his boyhood friend Sun. Sun knew his time was up and wrote out his will just prior to Wong showing up at his door. When Sun realizes Wong is there to kill me he tries to set his friend's mind at ease by telling him he is the beneficiary of all Sun's worldly possessions and convinces Wong to promise to take care of Sun's young daughter, Toya San who Sun has bequeathed to become his wife. Years later, when she becomes of age, she marries Wong, now a powerful figure, though she loves evil Harry. When Wong learns Toya will be happier with Harry he allows them to leave. Still later Wong learns that Harry has been deported and since Toya could not prove she was married to someone else she too was deported to China. When Wong learns of this, he goes after them. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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EDWARD G. ROBINSON Will Make Your Blood Run Cold at His Terrifying Portrayal of THE HATCHET MAN (Print Ad- Decorah Public Opinion, ((Decorah, Iowa)) 25 February 1932) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Edward G. Robinson's wife at the time, Gladys Lloyd, appears uncredited as "Fan Yi". They were married from 1927 to 1956 and she would appear in five films with him from 1931-32. See more »

Goofs

When Wong Low Get walks away with his wife from the cafe in China; the female owner is standing with three henchmen near the stairs. But on the next cut, the henchmen are gone and she is now standing near the wall where the hatchet landed. See more »

Quotes

Wong Low Get: Do you know anything about the Street of Red Lanterns, Number Seven?
Soo Lat, the Cobbler: Number seven? On the Street of the Red Lanterns? That is a Tea House where men drink and smoke the pipe of golden dreams.
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Edited into Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939) See more »

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Alabamy Bound
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Music by Ray Henderson
Played at the dance hall
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Hatchet Job
3 May 2002 | by howdymaxSee all my reviews

A hatchet job is what I fully intended to do to this movie until I found some quiet time in the afternoon to watch it. In fact I gave it an 8/10 for novelty as well as pathos. The casting is preposterous. Can you imagine Edward G Robinson and Loretta Young as Chinese?

Eddie G plays a well respected Tong assassin who is forced to kill his childhood friend and blood brother (played by J Carroll Naish) witch was no surprise. He inherits the friends business and 6 year old daughter for his effort. He prospers and when the girl grows up, he marries her. I should mention that Loretta Young was only 19 when she made this movie and she was remarkably sexy and seductive. Along comes another Tong War and Eddie is pulled out of retirement to do his stuff. Meanwhile his young wife falls for the bodyguard and runs off with him. Loretta and her lover are deported to China for messing about with opium. Although Eddie is initially shamed by her betrayal, he eventually redeems himself and his reputation. After all, he is a hatchet man!

This is one of EGR's lesser known movies, but if you can get over the bizarre casting, the story really is gripping and the cast turns in a bravo performance.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Honorable Mr. Wong See more »

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