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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!

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warlords See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York on 30 September 1920. 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

Gen. Wu Yen Fang: [laciviously eying up the two women prisoners] Ah, only two women! Too bad!
[Indicating Lola]
Gen. Wu Yen Fang: This one not so good.
Lola Galt: What's the matter with me?
Gen. Wu Yen Fang: Hair like straw; eye like fog; have wide mouth of fish.
Lola Galt: Well, you're no geranium yourself!
[Fang and Cheng take offense. Cheng pulls out his pistol]
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Connections

Remake of The Bad Man (1923) See more »

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Karloff helps make this B movie an exception to the rule
24 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Boris Karloff is a renegade Chinese warlord, with his mind set on military success and sex. Ricardo Cortez begins the film as the "romantic lead", but Karloff's character ends up being the more sympathetic of the two. This is a B movie that knows it, and it pretty much succeeds in everything it does attempt. Interesting parallel towards the end between Gordon Oliver's barely-missed execution and Karloff's more final one. Karloff's makeup does not convince, but his performance does; he brings humor and strength to the character.


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