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Chinatown at Midnight (1949)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 14 June 1950 (Mexico)
Clifford Ward is a thief working San Francisco's Chinatown district, and his stolen goods are fenced through an interior-decorators shop ran by Lisa Marcel. But when Ward murders two ... See full summary »

Director:

Seymour Friedman

Writers:

Robert Libott (original screenplay), Frank Burt (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hurd Hatfield ... Clifford Ward
Jean Willes ... Alice
Tom Powers ... Capt. Howard Brown
Ray Walker ... Sam Costa
Charles Russell ... Fred Morgan
Jacqueline deWit ... Lisa Marcel (as Jacqueline DeWit)
Maylia ... Hazel Fong
Ross Elliott ... Eddie Marsh
Benson Fong ... Joe Wing
Barbara Jean Wong Barbara Jean Wong ... Betty Chang
Victor Sen Yung ... Hotel Proprietor
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Emily Dryden
Byron Foulger ... Greer Pharmacy Druggist
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Clifford Ward is a thief working San Francisco's Chinatown district, and his stolen goods are fenced through an interior-decorators shop ran by Lisa Marcel. But when Ward murders two innocent victims during a hold-up, he has to hide out in a cheap hotel, and the police dragnet is closing in on him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Behind-the-scenes story... as detectives trap killer in San Francisco's Chinatown at Midnight See more »

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Hurd Hatfield speaks Chinese with a flat American accent. Any Chinatown telephone operator listening to him would have instantly known he was a foreigner. See more »

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Great if you enjoy watching police procedural films.
19 February 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Chinatown at Midnight" is ample proof that B-movies are not synonymous with bad movies. Despite its relatively low budget and a quick run time, it's a terrific film...great for anyone who likes see realistic police dramas.

Hurd Hatfield plays a very cold-blooded killer. During a robbery of a curio store in Chinatown, he not only murders the man at the counter but he goes into the back room looking for witnesses...and kills the woman there! And then, to throw the police off his trail, he calls in and reports the robbery...in Chinese! No, his character isn't even Asian...he just wants the police looking for someone who is! Obviously, this killer is not only a sociopath...but a darned clever one who leaves few actual clues.

Unlike many police movies of the era, the cops in this film are smart and work hard connecting the dots and figuring out what really happened. And, you get to follow their thinking and procedures...making it not just entertaining but educational. Well made...and such a scary and awful villain!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

14 June 1950 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

El jarrón chino See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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