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CHINATOWN NIGHTS

CHINATOWN NIGHTS

CHINATOWN NIGHTS

1929 / 83min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: WILLIAM WELLMAN

CAST: WALLACE BEERY, FLORENCE VIDOR, WARNER OLAND

Four years before The Bowery, Wallace Beery played another uncouth variation on his “White Mayor of Chinatown,” here named Chuck Riley, in this pre-Code rabble-rouser (a/k/a Tong War) for hell-raising director “Wild Bill” Wellman. With the omnipresent Oland as the overboss of a sinister, opium smoke-wreathed Chinatown which tempts white rubberneckers like society gal Florence Vidor to come downtown, and a show-stopping shootout at a Chinese theatre.

Chinatown Nights is screening as part of the series Imaginary Chinatown. Click here for more info.