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West of Shanghai (1937)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, War | 30 October 1937 (USA)
Karloff is the Chinese warlord Fang, who holds a group of oilmen and missionaries hostage in a remote Chinese outpost.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (screen play), Porter Emerson Browne (from a play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Wu Yen Fang
Beverly Roberts ... Jane Creed
Ricardo Cortez ... Gordon Creed
Gordon Oliver ... Jim Hallet
Sheila Bromley ... Lola Galt
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Chow Fu-Shan
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Dr. Abernathy
Richard Loo ... Mr. Cheng
Chester Gan ... Kung Nui
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Storyline

Gordon Creed travels to a remote site in the Chinese back country in order to obtain rights to a great oil reserve owned by wildcatter Jim Hallet, who is in danger of losing the rights to foreclosure. Creed's estranged wife is a missionary at the same locale, and she is in love with Hallet. When a bandit/warlord named General Wu Yen Fang takes over the village, Creed tries to play his own wife off the general in an attempt to cheat Hallet out of his oil and to escape the clutches of the warlord. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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He'll kill you on a moment's notice!

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warlords See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the sets were left over from "The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)." See more »

Goofs

In the first scene when Fang meets the Westerners, the spatial relationship between Cheng and Fang changes from Cheng facing Fang to standing behind him, totally violating the 180 degree rule. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Abernathy: Friends, I welcome you all to the Mission. But, I'm afraid these poor walls won't be much protection against Fang and his soldiers.
Gordon Creed: Fang is a blood-thirsty devil!
Dr. Abernathy: I've been laughing at devils all my life. Come with me and I'll show you where you're to sleep. Your rooms may not be comfortable, but they'll be clean. At least there'll be no vermin in them.
Gordon Creed: Not until the bandits get here.
Lola Galt: That's a jolly thought!
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not bad
12 June 2002 | by sore_throatSee all my reviews

This somewhat obscure film is helped by a quick running time and the presence of Karloff. On the downside it is overly talky and the few battle scenes it has are generic.

The script is decent though, and my interest in the film was undoubtedly bolstered a bit because I find contemporary Chinese history to be intriguing (not that this is a textbook reproduction of the period. :)

6/10. I wouldn't recommended it, but at the same time I feel it is above average with everything considered.


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