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Captured in Chinatown (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | July 1935 (USA)
A feud between two gangs in Chinatown breaks out into a tong war.


Elmer Clifton


George Arthur Durlam (story, continuity and dialogue) (as Arthur Durlam), Elmer Clifton (continuty and dialogue)

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Cast overview:
Tarzan ... Tarzan (as Tarzan the Police Dog)
Marion Shilling ... Ann Parker
Charles Delaney ... Bob Martin
Philo McCullough ... Raymond
Paul Ellis ... Zamboni
Robert Walker ... Harry--Henchman
Bobby Nelson ... Bobby--Newsboy
John Elliott ... Butler--City Editor
Bo Ling Bo Ling ... Joy Ling
James B. Leong James B. Leong ... Wong (as Jimmy Leon)
Wing Foo Wing Foo ... Tom Wong
Paul C. Fong Paul C. Fong ... Lieu Ling


Ann Parker and Bob Martin, reporters on the Daily CHronicle, go to Chinatown to get a story on the wedding that is supposed to bring an end to a long-standing feud between warring Chinese Tongs. The theft of a wedding-present necklace starts the feud anew. Ann and Bob are drawn into the dangerous situation but Tarzan, Famous Police Dog, is a vital factor in solving the mystery which results in a final victory over the real criminals and restoration and goodwill between the warring clans. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Tong-war in Chinatown! A drama of the Oriental fury that knows no bounds! See more »


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Release Date:

July 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kineziki vendetta See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Tuesday 6 September 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Ancient Asian feuds and 'modern' American crime
5 April 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

This very unusual and indeed captivating little B movie is a mixture of quite a variety of different issues: first, there's a kind of 'Romeo and Juliet' romance in Chinatown, where two young members of two rivaling old Chinese clans are desperately in love with each other, and are finally able to convince their fathers to agree to their marriage and bury the feud that has cost so many lives. But then, there are 'ordinary' white American crooks who are after the wedding gift, a precious old necklace, that the bridegroom's father wants to present to his former enemy's daughter - and they won't stop at anything in their greed, not even at reviving the family feud and make a 'blood wedding' out of the beautiful, peace-bringing romance... And then there is one of the typical reporter 'couples' with their usual 'love-hate' relationship that gets involved in the dangerous ongoings; and 'Tarzan', the police dog, as he's billed, but he's really a newsroom hound - a news hound in the REAL sense of the word! (And one of the best trained and most intelligent movie star dogs I've ever seen!)

There's a really CHILLING suspense that lasts from the first to the last moment of the film, mixed in quite a capable way with a 'doomed' love - and also some very nice, typical reporters' humor to lighten up the dark atmosphere. And the interesting point is that the senseless old Asian feud (and mark that: 'vendettas' like this one existed, and still exist, ALL over the world, among whites just like Asians or any other race!) is opposed to the reckless violence of the white gangsters who don't kill for 'honor', but just for sheer greed! And the characters are shaped out in a way that makes us feel EQUAL concern and agony about the Asian lovers and about the white reporter couple...

A very much underestimated, and perhaps also misinterpreted movie - I'd say that everyone should have a look (or a second look) first before judging it!

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