King of Chinatown (1939)

57 or 60 mins | Drama | 17 March 1939

Director:

Nick Grinde

Cinematographer:

Leo Tover

Editor:

Eda Warren

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Robert Odell

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Mar 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 Mar 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 38
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Oct 38
pp. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Mar 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
21 Mar 39
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Mar 39
pp. 52-53.
New York Times
16 Mar 39
p. 27.
Variety
22 Mar 39
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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CREDITED AS
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WRITERS
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PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
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Int dec
COSTUMES
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MUSIC
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DETAILS
Release Date:
17 March 1939
Production Date:
mid August--early October 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
17 March 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8727
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
57 or 60
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4746
SYNOPSIS

Frank Baturin, called "The King of Chinatown," has all the rackets in the palm of his hand. After Baturin loses $20,000 in a benefit boxing match, he hires hit man Rep Harrigan to kill his rival, Mike Gordon. Gordon has won the loyalties of Baturin's lieutenant, an ex-convict called "The Professor," however, who orders Rep to warn Gordon instead of killing him. As a result, Baturin is shot by Gordon in front of a pharmacy owned by Dr. Chang Ling, who refuses to join the Merchant's Protection Association, which has been extorting money from the local merchants. Baturin is found by Ling's daughter, Dr. Mary Ann Ling, who, believing that her father shot the racketeer to stop his threats against the Chinese merchants, comes to the aid of the wounded man. Because of Baturin's extended convalescence, Mary is forced to relinquish her fundraising activities to establish a Red Cross nursing unit in war-torn China. During his weeks of recovery, Baturin falls in love with Mary, despite her involvement with lawyer Bob Li, and is determined to reform. Although the Professor had hoped to succeed Baturin in running the mob, Gordon takes over, and a reign of terror follows in Chinatown. The Professor visits Mary to try to intimidate her into allowing Baturin to die or else her father will be killed. Learning of the Professor's threats to Mary, Ling hires an attorney to frame the Professor. Rep then tells Mary that Gordon was Baturin's would-be assassin. When District Attorney Phillips confronts the Professor, he names Gordon as Baturin's attacker, and Gordon confesses. Meanwhile, Ling visits Baturin's to take Mary home, and she hopes to convince ... +


Frank Baturin, called "The King of Chinatown," has all the rackets in the palm of his hand. After Baturin loses $20,000 in a benefit boxing match, he hires hit man Rep Harrigan to kill his rival, Mike Gordon. Gordon has won the loyalties of Baturin's lieutenant, an ex-convict called "The Professor," however, who orders Rep to warn Gordon instead of killing him. As a result, Baturin is shot by Gordon in front of a pharmacy owned by Dr. Chang Ling, who refuses to join the Merchant's Protection Association, which has been extorting money from the local merchants. Baturin is found by Ling's daughter, Dr. Mary Ann Ling, who, believing that her father shot the racketeer to stop his threats against the Chinese merchants, comes to the aid of the wounded man. Because of Baturin's extended convalescence, Mary is forced to relinquish her fundraising activities to establish a Red Cross nursing unit in war-torn China. During his weeks of recovery, Baturin falls in love with Mary, despite her involvement with lawyer Bob Li, and is determined to reform. Although the Professor had hoped to succeed Baturin in running the mob, Gordon takes over, and a reign of terror follows in Chinatown. The Professor visits Mary to try to intimidate her into allowing Baturin to die or else her father will be killed. Learning of the Professor's threats to Mary, Ling hires an attorney to frame the Professor. Rep then tells Mary that Gordon was Baturin's would-be assassin. When District Attorney Phillips confronts the Professor, he names Gordon as Baturin's attacker, and Gordon confesses. Meanwhile, Ling visits Baturin's to take Mary home, and she hopes to convince Ling that Baturin is a reformed man. Rep then calls Baturin to warn him that the Professor is en route to his home to kill him and Ling. Baturin successfully disarms the Professor, but is mortally wounded. The police then arrest the Professor. Before dying, Baturin bequeaths Mary a healthy endowment for her nursing unit. She marries Bob and leaves for China, secure in the knowledge that her father had no hand in the violence. +

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