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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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Nick Grinde

Writers:

Herbert J. Biberman (story), Lillie Hayward (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna May Wong ... Dr. Mary Ling
Akim Tamiroff ... Frank Baturin
J. Carrol Naish ... Professor
Sidney Toler ... Dr. Chang Ling
Philip Ahn ... Robert 'Bob' Li
Anthony Quinn ... Mike Gordon
Bernadene Hayes ... Dolly Warren
Roscoe Karns ... 'Rip' Harrigan
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer ... 'Potatoes', Chauffeur
Richard Denning ... Protective Association Henchman
Archie Twitchell ... Hospital Interne
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Henchman Bert
George Anderson George Anderson ... Detective
Charles B. Wood Charles B. Wood ... Henchman Red
George Magrill ... Second Gangster
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Rei do Bairro Chinês See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Sunday 15 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7); elsewhere, sponsor interest was minimal and so it was rarely taken off the shelf; it showed up in Milwaukee 6 February 1960 on WITI (Channel 6), in Los Angeles 11 November 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2), and in Cincinnati 27 November 1960 on WKRC (Channel 12). See more »

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Slick, Enjoyable Potboiler
1 November 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Sixty years ago America's hospitals were already staffed by East Asians, if Anna May Wong's skill with a scalpel is anything to go by; and she is supported by two future Charlie Chans in the form of well known Hollywood Eurasians Sidney Toler (resembling Tony Randall as Dr.Lao as her father) and J.Carroll Naish.

Heaven knows what part of Europe or Latin America a young & suave Akim Tamiroff (actually Russian) is supposed to hail from in the title role as anti-hero Nick Baturin; but Zorba was mercifully many years in the future when Anthony Quinn was required simply to be smoothly villainous in a supporting role as an all-American gangster.


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