Secrets of Chinatown (March 8, 1934)
Released on March 8, 1934: (running time 52 minutes) After the murder of a Chinese doctor on Vancouver Island, police discovered the secret society of the black robe, and the mysterious Eyes of Lao-Tsee.
Produced by Kenneth J. Bishop
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer
Written by Guy Morton
The Actors: Nick Stuart (Robert Rand), Lucile Browne (Zenobia), Raymond Lawrence (Donegal Dawn), James Flavin (Herbert Brandham), Harry Hewitson (Chan Tow Ling, curio shop owner), James McGrath (Commissioner Parkinson), Reginald Hincks (Doctor Franklin), John Barnard (Police Inspector Doverscourt), Arthur Legge-Willis (Yogi of Madrada)
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The Magic Eyes of Lao-Tsee
My sister Carol married a handsome Canadian fellow who is a mechanical engineer specializing in HVAC and building construction. Carol taught French in the Canadian school system while raising their family in London, Ontario. One of her sons is now raising a family of his own in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, and that is where this adventure takes us.
We are in search of the Eyes of Lao-Tsee, and the society of the black robe. In the Chinese community a murder has been committed and a mysterious brass object is found in the dead man’s hand. It is a symbol of the inscrutable society of the black robe. In their secret room a golden statue of a woman comes to life . . . Men covered in black hooded robes can disappear through solid stone walls . . . And the eyes . . . The Eyes of Lao-Tsee are at the center of it all.
It will take the Yogi of Madrada to plunge deeply into the mind of a ship’s captain to discover the secrets of this mysterious band of men as the police search for answers. . . . Okay, that’s the buildup, now the facts . . . . The lighting in the only surviving print of this movie is pretty bad, very dark in most places. . . . And the plot, although very enchanting, is not terribly complicated. . . .
The good news is you don’t need to puzzle over the little details, they don’t all fit anyway . . . Just enjoy the flow of action and adventure from a 1934 adventure that takes movie fans to a story that is very exotic and strangely different from the ordinary 1934 lifestyle. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Harry Hewitson and Lucile Browne
James Flavin and James McGrath
James McGrath and Reginald Hincks
Lucile Browne and Nick Stuart
Raymond Lawrence and Nick Stuart
Reginald Hincks and James Flavin