Chinatown Squad (1935)

65 or 70 mins | Mystery | 20 May 1935

Director:

Murray Roth

Writer:

Dore Schary

Cinematographer:

George Robinson

Editor:

Maurice Wright

Production Designer:

Harrison Wiley

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

This film's working titles were Frisco Lady and Frisco Nights . This film was shot on location in San Francisco, ... More Less

This film's working titles were Frisco Lady and Frisco Nights . This film was shot on location in San Francisco, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 May 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
31 May 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
7 May 35
p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Apr 35
p. 68.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Jun 35
p. 73.
MPSI
1 May 35
p. 22.
New York Times
30 May 35
p. 21.
Variety
5 Jun 35
p. 54.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Carl Laemmle, President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Addl dial
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
VISUAL EFFECTS
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech dir
Grip
Grip
Grip
Script
Set lighting foreman
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Frisco Nights
Frisco Lady
Release Date:
20 May 1935
Production Date:
18 March--6 April 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 May 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5540
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65 or 70
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
791
SYNOPSIS

On the night of Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco, Albert Raybold, a confidence man and agent for Chinese Communist revolutionaries, is knifed to death in the Peking Café, owned by John Yee. Before Sergeant McLeash of the Chinatown police squad arrives on the scene, Yee steals a mystical jade ring from Raybold's corpse and goes into hiding. The ring gives its wearer the power to do irreparable harm to his enemies. Also in the restaurant is ex-cop Ted Lacey, who, tired of the dimwitted McLeash meddling in his cases, quit the force and now drives a sightseeing bus. Lacey helps a mysterious lady dressed in black elude McLeash by including her in his group of tourists. He later discovers she is Janet Baker, a woman who became Raybold's business partner and nearly married him until she found out he was crooked; Raybold lured Janet to Chinatown by sending her a telegram that he had been murdered. Ted agrees to help Janet retrieve incriminating letters that were in Raybold's possession and also hopes to find the killer before McLeash does. McLeash suspects Janet and Yee, as well as D. D. Palmer and William Ward, both of whom Raybold called before he was murdered. Ward was hoping Raybold could get him a monopoly on tea exports to Fuchau, a seaport in China. The night of his death, Raybold received $70,000 from Yee that he had collected from Chinese-American sympathizers to pay for airplanes which Raybold was going to transport to China that night. Palmer was after a $10,000 commission that Raybold owed him and was meeting Raybold for dinner to collect. ... +


On the night of Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco, Albert Raybold, a confidence man and agent for Chinese Communist revolutionaries, is knifed to death in the Peking Café, owned by John Yee. Before Sergeant McLeash of the Chinatown police squad arrives on the scene, Yee steals a mystical jade ring from Raybold's corpse and goes into hiding. The ring gives its wearer the power to do irreparable harm to his enemies. Also in the restaurant is ex-cop Ted Lacey, who, tired of the dimwitted McLeash meddling in his cases, quit the force and now drives a sightseeing bus. Lacey helps a mysterious lady dressed in black elude McLeash by including her in his group of tourists. He later discovers she is Janet Baker, a woman who became Raybold's business partner and nearly married him until she found out he was crooked; Raybold lured Janet to Chinatown by sending her a telegram that he had been murdered. Ted agrees to help Janet retrieve incriminating letters that were in Raybold's possession and also hopes to find the killer before McLeash does. McLeash suspects Janet and Yee, as well as D. D. Palmer and William Ward, both of whom Raybold called before he was murdered. Ward was hoping Raybold could get him a monopoly on tea exports to Fuchau, a seaport in China. The night of his death, Raybold received $70,000 from Yee that he had collected from Chinese-American sympathizers to pay for airplanes which Raybold was going to transport to China that night. Palmer was after a $10,000 commission that Raybold owed him and was meeting Raybold for dinner to collect. Janet disguises herself as a Chinese woman and visits Yee, believing he has her letters, but he locks her up in his restaurant, bound and gagged, and leaves for the Sausalito ferry. Ted follows and is in turn followed by Palmer. Ted is distracted when McLeash goes overboard in an attempt to catch the ferry, and Palmer knifes Yee and throws him overboard. Ted fishes him out and before he dies, Yee gestures that his ring has been stolen. McLeash brings Ted to Chief of Detectives Norris believing he was in cahoots with Yee, but Norris releases him, and he goes to the Peking Café, where he finds Janet and rescues her. Meanwhile, Raybold's secretary, George Mason, who was arrested as a possible suspect, is released by Palmer's lawyer. Palmer agrees to give George a cut if he helps him find the money. Palmer believes Yee's partner, Su Quong, has the letters and the money. Janet contacts George and he tells her to tell Quong that Palmer will give him the ring if Quong gives Palmer the money. All converge at the restaurant, where they discover the money and letters hidden in Raybold's private booth. McLeash then hauls Palmer, George, Janet and Ted to headquarters and, en route, Ted scares George into implicating Palmer as the murderer and gets Palmer to confess. At headquarters, Norris commends Ted for bringing in the murderer and rehires him as a sergeant. Janet looks forward to a life as a policeman's wife. +

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