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China Passage (1937)

Tommy Baldwin and Joe Dugan are entrusted to carry a fabulous diamond. If they succeed, they will be well paid. If they fail, they will be well buried. When they go to pick up the diamond, ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Killy

Writers:

Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay), J. Robert Bren (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Worth ... Jane Dunn
Vinton Hayworth ... Tommy Baldwin (as Vinton Haworth)
Leslie Fenton ... Anthony Durand
Gordon Jones ... Joe Dugan
Alec Craig ... Harvey Dinwiddle
Dick Elliott ... Philip Burton
Frank M. Thomas ... Capt. Williams
George Irving ... Dr. Sibley
Billy Gilbert ... Ship's Bartender
Joyce Compton ... Elaine Gentry - Customs Agent aka Mrs. Katharine 'Kate' Collins
Philip Ahn ... Dr. Fang Tu (as Phillip Ahn)
Lotus Long ... Lia Sen
Huntley Gordon ... Arthur Trent
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Storyline

Tommy Baldwin and Joe Dugan are entrusted to carry a fabulous diamond. If they succeed, they will be well paid. If they fail, they will be well buried. When they go to pick up the diamond, there is a great gun battle, a cannister of knock out gas, and the diamond is stolen. The police round up everyone that they can find in the area and search them, but the diamond is not found. Strangely, everyone who was rounded up that night and released boards the steamship Asiatic the next day traveling from Shanghai to San Francisco. Tommy and Joe only have the trip to find out who snatched the diamond, and they suspect the seven people from the night before. But as the trip progresses, the bodies begin to pile up and the clues are few. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Trapped by Shanghai's Diamond Smugglers! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Customs Agent See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Production was delayed two weeks at the beginning of the year when Vinton Hayworth was injured in a car accident on January 1, 1937. See more »

Goofs

Upon docking in San Francisco, smoke can be seen entering the ship's smokestacks; obviously the shot was run backwards. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Baldwin: Jane, you're playing hopscotch on dynamite!
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Jazzy version played at the end
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Constance Worth, Girl Detective
9 September 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Vinton Hayworth and Gordon Jones are supposed to carry a famous diamond from Shanghai to its destination. A gun battle erupts, and the diamond disappears. Girl detective Constance Worth finds herself on a ship bound from Shanghai to San Francisco with every one who was in that street (except for perpetually sozzled Dick Elliott, who insists he is going to Sydney). Since the trip takes only 50 minutes in this movie, and some one is poisoning suspects, she has to move fast.

It's directed by Edward Killy, an RKO assistant director who occasionally was turned loose on B programmers. He directed six the year he made this one, then went back to managing crowds for others until 1940, whereupon he directed a spate of B westerns, then back to assistant directing.

This one is competently directed for speed, but there is enough humor and even a skeet-shooting match to let the audience relax. Keep an eye out for Skippy, the terrier who's best known for playing Asta in MGM's "Thin Man" movies.


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