The Secrets of Wu Sin (December 15, 1932)
Released on December 15, 1932: The Oriental gangster group called the Tong has an assassin who must kill the managing newspaper editor whose reporters are revealing the inner workings of the gang.
Produced by George R. Batcheller Jr.
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Written by Basil Dickey, Betty Burbridge and William J. McGrath
The Actors: Lois Wilson (Nona Gould), Grant Withers (James Manning, Tribune newspaper managing editor), Dorothy Revier (Margaret King), Robert Warwick (Roger King), Tetsu Komai (Wu Sin), Toshia Mori (Miao Lin), Richard Loo (Charlie San), Luke Chan (Luke), James Wang (Pete), Eddie Boland (Eddie Morgan, newspaper reporter), Henry Hall (private eye Bains), Wilfred Lucas (pharmacist), Lafe McKee (Justice of the Peace), Spec O'Donnell (newspaper copy boy), Bud Pope (detective), Hal Price (newspaper reporter Mack)
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The Secrets of Oriental Actors
While wealthy motion picture companies were creating masterpieces in Hollywood, there were several smaller independent film companies that were turning good stories into motion pictures without the huge amounts of money that the big studios had. The rise of motion pictures, and the creation of the small under-funded movie studios came during the Great Depression days, and the small independent studios along Gower Street in Hollywood soon became known as Poverty Row studios. Invincible Pictures made this low budget movie, and for several reasons it is historically more valuable than the big studio movies of the same time. When the major studios were filming a story about Chinese characters, they usually did not hire Chinese actors, but rather used makeup to transform their American actors into Chinese looking characters. . . . . No so with Invincible Pictures and the Secrets of Wu Sin. . . . Probably because the studio had a very limited budget they used real Oriental actors, who would perform for much less than the American stars at the big studios. . . . What a blessing that became for the history of motion pictures! Major studios would not regularly use Oriental actors until many years later, but we get to enjoy real Oriental actors performing in this romantic crime adventure.
Richard Loo was of Chinese descent but his family lived in Hawaii, and this movie was his second film performance and his first big role. He would go on to act in over 160 movies and television shows and become one of the most famous Oriental actors on the big screen, performing for the final time on a 1981 television episode of The Incredible Hulk. In this adventure he is the young man in Chinatown who wants to marry a young Chinese girl, but the Chinese gangster organization called the Tong is ruled by a man who will only allow him to marry his sweetheart if he will become an assassin and kill the editor of the newspaper that is slowly uncovering their gangster organization. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Eddie Boland and Lois Wilson
Grant Withers and Dorothy Revier
Grant Withers and Eddie Boland
Grant Withers and Lois Wilson
Grant Withers and Lois Wilson
Hal Price and Lois Wilson
Lois Wilson and Eddie Boland
Richard Loo and Tetsu Komai
Richard Loo and Toshia Mori
Toshia Mori and Lois Wilson
Toshia Mori and Tetsu Komai