Con artist and private eye China Smith works out of a bar in Singapore, roaming Asia in search of beautiful women (who like his tough style) and quick money. His nemeses are the friendly British Inspector and the scheming "empress."




1952   Unknown  


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Complete series cast summary:
Dan Duryea ...  China Smith 26 episodes, 1952
Douglass Dumbrille ...  Inspector Hobson 13 episodes, 1952


In Season One, there is a shrewd, charming, and disreputable Irish adventurer called William "China" Smith in Singapore. He can be hired cheap for jobs that require an insider's knowledge of the less polite neighborhoods of the Far East. Inspector Hobson of the Singapore police disapproves of him. To Hobson, Smith is a fellow named Davey Fitzgerald, wanted for treason in Ireland. Smith frequently charms information and money out of a cool and beautiful Eurasian woman known as Madame Shira,whom he calls "Empress. She owns the Trade Winds Hotel, where stolen goods and fugitives often come to rest. In Season Two, Smith is based in Hong Kong and Macao, and there are no other continuing characters. Written by atash

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Release Date:

June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kína Smith See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This filmed syndicated series was actually produced with a two-year gap. Filming of the first 26 installments began in Mexico in 1952 but almost immediately returned to Los Angeles. The second 26, shot in San Francisco in 1954-55, were sold to stations as The New Adventures of China Smith (1954). See more »


Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Jack's Lunch Counter (1955) See more »

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Odd how memories happen
19 July 2006 | by skoylesSee all my reviews

As I sat watching the DVD of the original "The Flight of the Phoenix", I was struck by seeing Dan Duryea. In my mind I kept seeing him in a white suit, on a black and white television screen. One of the joys of the IMDb is that one can find evidence of strange memories. We got our first television set in 1953; I was eight years old. I did not recall until now but I watched "China Smith"! The memories from so long ago include Duryea's insouciance (a word I am sure I did not know in the early 1950s), the exotic locales and the beautiful women. Particularly the beautiful women. *sigh* There was an appeal to the anti-hero China Smith and though this series was hardly as influential, either generally or personally, as something like "Maverick", it still deserves to be remembered by a comment in the IMDb.

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