Shadow of Chinatown

Shadow of Chinatown

Joan Barclay
Director: Robert F. Hill Cast: Joan Barclay
Joan Barclay
, Herman Brix
Herman Brix
, William Buchanan
William Buchanan
Robert F. Hill


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Notorious Hollywood tightwad Sam Katzman's first serial, Shadow of Chinatown stars Bela Lugosi as Victor Poten, a Eurasian with a destructive hatred of both whites and Asians hired by Sonya Rokoff (Luana Walters) to ruin the tourist trade in San Francisco's Chinatown. But, as Sonya discovers and Poten himself acknowledges, she has inadvertently created a seemingly unstoppable "Frankenstein's monster." The forces of good opposing Poten and Rokoff include Martin Andrews (Herman Brix, aka Bruce Bennett), a novelist specializing in all things Oriental, sob-sister-turned-crime-reporter Joan Whiting (Joan Barclay), and Chinese houseboy Willy Fu (Hawaiian crooner Maurice Liu). Sonya Rokoff, whose allegiance to the madman quickly comes under some strain, is destroyed by a falling chandelier in Chapter 14, but Victor survives to be carted off to jail in the 15th and final chapter, "The Avenging Powers." Shadow of Chinatown was filmed in two weeks in Culver City, CA, and on rental stages at Hollywood's Talisman Studios. A slightly altered feature version in which Lugosi's character is killed off in the final reel was released simultaneously.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827278022
Original Release: 1936
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 31,929

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Barclay Joan Whiting
Herman Brix Martin Andrews
William Buchanan Healy
Maurice Liu Willy Fu
Bela Lugosi Victor Poten
Luana Walters Sonya Rokoff
Charles King Grogan
Forrest Taylor Captain Walters
Jack Cowell "White Chink"
James B. Leong Wong
Harry Tung Dr. Wu
Paul Fung Tom Chu
George Chan Old Luee
Moy Ming Charlie Wong
Harrison Greene Mayor Foley
Henry Hall Dr. Zander
Roger Williams Editor Harrison
John Elliott Steamship captain
Lester Dorr Steamship ticket clerk
Richard Loo Loo
Denver Dixon Henchman
Robert F. Hill Man in street

Technical Credits
Robert F. Hill Director,Screenwriter
Isadore Bernstein Screenwriter
Basil Dickey Screenwriter
Charles Henkel Editor
William Hyer Cinematographer
Sam Katzman Producer
Fred Preble Art Director
Marty Ramson Screenwriter
Edward W. Rote Production Manager
Lee Zahler Musical Direction/Supervision

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