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King of Chinatown (1939)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 March 1939 (USA)
Violene and death stalk the Chinese of a big American city, but one man, Dr. Chang Ling, and his daughter, Dr. Mary Ling, defy the racketeers who are responsible, and, against terrific odds, bring peace to their oppressed neighbors.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Mary Ling
... Frank Baturin
... Professor
... Dr. Chang Ling
... Robert 'Bob' Li
... Mike Gordon
... Dolly Warren
... 'Rip' Harrigan
Ray Mayer ... 'Potatoes', Chauffeur
... Protective Association Henchman
... Hospital Interne
Eddie Marr ... Henchman Bert
George Anderson ... Detective
Charles B. Wood ... Henchman Red
... Second Gangster
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Violence and death stalk the Chinese faction of a large American city, but one man, Dr. Chang Ling, and his daughter, Dr. Mary Ling, defy the racketeers who are responsible and, against terrific odds, bring peace to their oppressed neighbors. Gangland overlord Frank Baturin is shot and only the intervention and operation by Mary Ling saves his life. She performs the operation because it is her duty as a doctor, but she also thinks Baturin was shot by her father following a quarrel with Baturin. The racketeer then sets out for vengeance against the man who had actually tried to kill him in order to take over the Chinatown rackets. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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O Rei do Bairro Chinês  »

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Although Richard Denning is listed in the end credits as an "Interne", his actual on-screen role is that of a henchman for the Protective Association. See more »

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compact, interesting and progressive Anna May Wong vehicle
30 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is another of Paramount's Anna May Wong vehicles of B length with much of the same cast we see in her other efforts of that time. It will be of definite interest to her fans. On this occasion, the portrayal of a professional Chinese-American woman of principle and good heart is well handled. In fact, some recent films could play close attention to some of the details here in that regard and learn from them.

Chinese culture and most other issues are also handled in a progressive fashion and not overdone. The cast and the director knows their craft and delivers. All that is satisfying given this is a 30s B movie without the time or resources to develop a lot of deep characters and sub-plots.


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