DIRECTOR: RAOUL WALSH
CAST: WALLACE BEERY, GEORGE RAFT, JACKIE COOPER
Introduced by NYU historian John Kuo Wei Tchen, co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in America.
Wallace Beery plays Chuck Connors, the legendary self proclaimed “White Mayor of Chinatown,” here a slovenly unprincipled oaf whose prime preoccupation is getting the better of fellow showboat Steve Brodie (George Raft). Walsh was a true democrat who loved the feisty racial jibing of city life, and appropriately his rabble-rousing pre-Code imagining of New York in the Gay Nineties has something to offend literally everyone.