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Chinatown After Dark (1931)

The female head of a criminal gang in Chinatown is after a valuable jewel, and lets nothing stand in her way of finding it.


Stuart Paton


Betty Burbridge (story and continuity)




Complete credited cast:
Carmel Myers ... Madame Ying Su
Rex Lease ... Jim Bonner
Barbara Kent ... Lotus
Edmund Breese ... Le Fong
Frank Mayo ... Ralph Bonner
Billy Gilbert ... Dooley
Michael Visaroff ... Mr. Varonoff
Laska Winter ... Ming Fu


The female head of a criminal gang in Chinatown is after a valuable jewel, and lets nothing stand in her way of finding it.

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chinatown | jewel thief | See All (2) »


See what happens in the underworld dens after dark!


Crime | Drama







Release Date:

15 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Espiões de Shanghai See more »

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Production Co:

Action Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. Its earliest documented airings took place in Philadelphia Saturday 12 November 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Cincinnati Sunday 15 January 1950 on WCPO (Channel 7), and in Los Angeles Tuesday 11 April 1950 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »


Referenced in Love and Curses (1938) See more »

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Chinatown After Dark
28 October 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Chinatown After Dark (1931)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Jim Bonner (Rex Lease) is in possession of a priceless Asian dagger, which gets him into some hot water and especially when the evil Madame Ying Su (Carmel Myers) wants it.

CHINATOWN AFTER DARK is yet another low-budget crime movie that features evil Asian characters working the dark streets of Chinatown. These types of movies were quite popular since they were constantly being made. Obviously the success of the early Fu Manchu movies played into this and it should be noted that this was released a year before Boris Karloff's marvelous turn in THE MASK OF FU MANCHU.

With that said, this film is in no way, shape or form close to that classic and for the most part there's really nothing here worth recommending the film for. If you're a die-hard fan of these crime films then you might want to check it out if you've seen everything else but the action is pretty light and there's really no drama or mystery. The bad performances really stand out including Myers who isn't all that believable playing an Asian character.

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