Cast & Crew
Robert S. Hill
Sonya Rokoff is hired by European promoters to close West Coast Chinatowns to tourists. She teams up with scientist Victor Poten, who is Eurasian but hates Asians and who uses clever technical inventions to carry out his evil plans, such as gas bombs, a tele-audient machine which allows him to spy on people, and a death ray created out of a goldfish bowl and the sun's rays. When Joan Whiting, a society page columnist who is looking for a hard-hitting story to advance her career, learns of the increasing violence in the local Chinatown, she asks novelist Martin Andrews to help her discover more about the problem. A series of terrorist acts are perpetrated by Sonya and Poten, all of which Joan and Martin solve in various ingenious ways. They are helped by both Willy Fu, Martin's servant, and Dr. Wu, who leads the Chinese merchants in their fight against Sonya. Sonya and Poten, meanwhile, receive assistance from their henchmen, including Grogan and a hypnotized man disguised as an idol, called "The God." Finally, Sonya sees the error of her ways and works with Martin and Joan to stop Poten. When she detects a trap set for Martin, she rushes to protect him and is killed. Soon after, Martin recognizes Poten in one of his disguises and turns him in to the police.
Robert S. Hill
Shadow of Chinatown was originally produced in 1936 as a fifteen-episode serial. The exact release date of the feature compilation is not known; while NYSA records note that the film was passed for release in New York state on March 5, 1937, modern sources list the release date as October 10, 1936.
All of the following information comes from modern sources and relates to the serial. Added to the crew are: Screenplay Isadore Bernstein and Basil Dickey; Story Rock Hawkey; Pho William Hyer; Film Editor Charles Henkel; Settings Fred Preble; Sound Hans Weeren and Production Manager Ed Rote. In addition, the following actors are added to the cast: Charles King (Grogan), William Buchanan (Healy), Forrest Taylor (Captain Walters), James B. Leong (Wong), Henry Tung (Dr. Wu), Paul Fung (Tom Chu), George Chan (Old Luee), John Elliot (Ship's captain), Moy Ming (Wong's brother), Jack Cowell (White Chink), Lester Dorr, Henry Hall and Roger Williams.