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West of Shanghai (1937)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, War | 30 October 1937 (USA)
Karloff is the Chinese warlord Fang, who holds a group of oilmen and missionaries hostage in a remote Chinese outpost.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (screen play), Porter Emerson Browne (from a play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Wu Yen Fang
Beverly Roberts ... Jane Creed
Ricardo Cortez ... Gordon Creed
Gordon Oliver ... Jim Hallet
Sheila Bromley ... Lola Galt
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Chow Fu-Shan
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Dr. Abernathy
Richard Loo ... Mr. Cheng
Chester Gan ... Kung Nui
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Storyline

Gordon Creed travels to a remote site in the Chinese back country in order to obtain rights to a great oil reserve owned by wildcatter Jim Hallet, who is in danger of losing the rights to foreclosure. Creed's estranged wife is a missionary at the same locale, and she is in love with Hallet. When a bandit/warlord named General Wu Yen Fang takes over the village, Creed tries to play his own wife off the general in an attempt to cheat Hallet out of his oil and to escape the clutches of the warlord. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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He'll kill you on a moment's notice!

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warlords See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play takes place in the heart of bandit-infested Mexico, but to capitalize on the interest in China, the location was changed to China. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene when Fang meets the Westerners, the spatial relationship between Cheng and Fang changes from Cheng facing Fang to standing behind him, totally violating the 180 degree rule. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Wu Yen Fang: I've seen man not fight for his money. I've seen man not fight for his life. Not before, have seen man not fight for his woman.
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Version of The Bad Man (1941) See more »

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White Fang
16 December 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Enjoyable programmer from Warner Bros. about some Americans going to a Chinese village to negotiate oil drilling rights from another American and finding themselves "guests" of a ruthless Chinese warlord named Fang (Boris Karloff). Fang's not all bad, though. One of the oilmen (Gordon Oliver) saved Fang's life before he rose to power and the warlord tries to help him out, in love and business. It's a routine adventure flick from the period when 'the mysterious Orient' was all the rage. Certain elements, such as the yellowface makeup, will offend some today. So gird your loins if you're a sensitive type. Karloff is the primary reason to see this. He's always fun to watch and here he manages to imbue a somewhat villainous character with sympathy and humor. Ricardo Cortez plays the real villain of the piece, a total slimeball. For his part, Gordon Oliver is the hero, albeit a banal one. Beverly Roberts plays Cortez's estranged wife who's in love with Oliver now. Sheila Bromley plays the only other female part and gets several funny lines. Vladimir Sokoloff appears all-too-briefly as a rival to Karloff. The rest of the cast includes Chester Gan, Richard Loo, and Gordon Hart. It's nothing special but a good way to kill an hour. Definitely more fun for Karloff fans than anyone else.


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