Chinatown After Dark (1931)
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as Jim Bonner
as Le Fong
as Madame Ying Su
as Ralph Bonner
as Captain of Detective...
as Ming Fu
as Mr. Varonoff
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Pretty crude stuff, and all filmed in the dark, mostly. Hope your nerves can stand this near silent-like film. After all, it was 1931. The acting is pretty stiff too. But let's cut the film some slack, it was made a very long time ago. The use of an American actress's to talk Chinese is pretty lame. Ying Sue (Madam Poppy)
[img]http://ia600200.us.archive.org/15/items/chinatown_after_dark/chinatown_after_dark.thumbs/chinatown_after_dark_001800.jpg[/img] the lead villain, sounds more like a Russian trying to speak Chinese.
A dagger holds a king's ransom jewel in the handle and causes no end to trouble for the American[img]http://ia600200.us.archive.org/15/items/chinatown_after_dark/chinatown_after_dark.thumbs/chinatown_after_dark_000840.jpg[/img] who delivers it to the rightful owner, Lee Fong,
[img]http://ia600200.us.archive.org/15/items/chinatown_after_dark/chinatown_after_dark.thumbs/chinatown_after_dark_000960.jpg[/img] who is shot for the dagger.
A brother, James Bonner
[img]http://ia600200.us.archive.org/15/items/chinatown_after_dark/chinatown_after_dark.thumbs/chinatown_after_dark_001320.jpg[/img] follows to check on things.
The police, a Detective Horatio Dooley,
is hopelessly a heavy as he investigates Lee Fong's murder.
The brother falls in love with an American orphan, Miss Lotus,
who speaks broken english trying to be of chinese origin.
This one should be looked at in era it was made, shortly after the silents. The pacing is curiously pretty good. Its slow enough to understand what's going on.
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REVIEWS of the film:
1 A film like this must be viewed for what it is...an archaic look into the history of movies. It is very easy to see the still powerful influence of silent movie styling. Sit back and have a charming ride.
2 This one creaks more than my hundred-and-seventy-year-old living room floor. Its attractions are a hokey plot with matching dialog, and performances from the stiff-as-a-board school of acting. An amazingly bad director ties it all together. Yeah, I liked it. If you're in the right frame of mind you'll find enough to laugh at in this undercooked chop suey of a mystery.
3 ... one has to appreciate how the film industry evolved to what it is today. They where still practically making silent films. Please, it was 1931, don't compare the storyboard and technique to today's quality.
SIMPLY ENJOY NOSTALGIC
4 Not only is the lead character not asian she can't even imitate the asian stereotypes of the day.. Plot concerning dagger with jewels inside is elementary dime novel stuff. Could be pre noir, but actually just poor lighting.
Carmel Myers as Madame Ying Su
Rex Lease as James 'Jim' Bonner
Barbara Kent as Lotus
Edmund Breese as Le Fong
Frank Mayo as Ralph Bonner
Billy Gilbert as Horatio Dooley
Michael Visaroff as Mr. Varonoff
Laska Winters as Ming Fu
Directed by Stuart Paton
Produced by Ralph M. Like
Written by Betty Burbridge
Music by Lee Zahler
Cinematography Jules Cronjager
Editing by Byron Robinson
Release date(s) 15 October 1931
Running time 59 minutes
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