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Chinatown Nights
(1929) American
B&W : Eight reels / 7481 feet / 83 minutes
Directed by William A. Wellman

Cast: Wallace Beery [Chuck Riley], Florence Vidor [Joan Fry], Warner Oland [Boston Charley], Jack McHugh [‘The Shadow’], Jack Oakie [the reporter], Tetsu Komai [Woo Chung], Frank Chew [the gambler], Mrs. Wong Wing [the maid], Pete Morrison [the bartender], Freeman Wood [Gerald]

Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation. / Associate producer, David Selznick (David O. Selznick). Screenplay by Ben Grauman Kohn, with dialogue by William B. Jutte, from the adaptation by Oliver H.P. Garrett of the short story “Tong War” by Samuel Ornitz. Technical direction by Tom Gubbins. Cinematography by Henry Garrard. Intertitles by Julian Johnson. Edited by Allyson Shaffer. / © 23 March 1929 by Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation [LP274]. Released 23 March 1929. / [?] Movietone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format and/or Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format? Western Electric Movietone sound-on-film sound system. / The film was also released in the USA in a silent version in [?] eight? reels (at 7145 feet) by Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation in 1929. / Silent film, with talking sequences, synchronized music and sound effects.


Survival status: Print exists [16mm reduction positive].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Chinese-Americans - Synchronized sound film

Listing updated: 7 January 2010.

References: Baer-Film p. 46; Everson-American p. 345; Limbacher-Feature p. 43 : Website-AFI.

Home video: DVD.

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