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According to a production directory in the 8 Dec 1928 Exhibitors Herald-Moving Picture World, work began on Tong War, the working title of Chiinatown Nights, on 17 Oct ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 8 Dec 1928 Exhibitors Herald-Moving Picture World, work began on Tong War, the working title of Chiinatown Nights, on 17 Oct 1928. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
8 Dec 1928
p. 50.
Film Daily
7 Apr 1929.
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New York Times
1 Apr 1929
p. 22.
Variety
3 Apr 1929
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Tech dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Tong War" by Samuel Ornitz (publication undetermined).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Tong War
Release Date:
23 March 1929
Production Date:
began 17 October 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 March 1929
Copyright Number:
LP274
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Talking seq, sd eff, and mus score by Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 7,145 ft.
Duration(in mins):
88
Length(in feet):
7,481
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A Chinatown tourist bus is caught in the middle of a tong war, and in the resulting confusion, society woman Joan Fry is left behind. Chuck Riley, the white leader of a tong faction, pulls her from the dangerous streets and keeps her overnight in his apartment. The following morning, Joan leaves, returning later with friends; Chuck again saves her life. Joan falls in love with Chuck and moves in with him, renouncing her former life. She tries to get Chuck to reform, and he throws her out. Joan wanders the streets, and Boston Charley, Chuck's rival, gets her drunk and sends her back to Chuck with a humiliating letter pinned to her frowsy sweater. Chuck, moved by Joan's condition, wrecks his dance hall and leaves Chinatown with her, looking for a new beginning and a brighter ... +


A Chinatown tourist bus is caught in the middle of a tong war, and in the resulting confusion, society woman Joan Fry is left behind. Chuck Riley, the white leader of a tong faction, pulls her from the dangerous streets and keeps her overnight in his apartment. The following morning, Joan leaves, returning later with friends; Chuck again saves her life. Joan falls in love with Chuck and moves in with him, renouncing her former life. She tries to get Chuck to reform, and he throws her out. Joan wanders the streets, and Boston Charley, Chuck's rival, gets her drunk and sends her back to Chuck with a humiliating letter pinned to her frowsy sweater. Chuck, moved by Joan's condition, wrecks his dance hall and leaves Chinatown with her, looking for a new beginning and a brighter tomorrow. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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