Daughter of the Tong (August 28, 1939)
Released on August 28, 1939: (running time 53 minutes) A sultry, secretive Chinese woman heads the Tong, a crime syndicate infiltrated by the F.B.I.
Directed by Bernard B. Ray
Written by George H. Plympton and Alan Merritt
The Actors: Evelyn Brent (Carney, the Illustrious Daughter of the Tong), Grant Withers (Ralph Dickson), Dorothy Short (Marian Morgan), Dave O'Brien (Jerry Morgan), Richard Loo (Wong, hotel clerk), Dirk Thane (henchman Ward), Harry Harvey (Harold 'Mugsy' Winthrop), Budd Buster (Lefty McMillan), Robert Frazer (FBI Chief Williams), Hal Taliaferro (FBI Agent Larson), James Coleman (henchman Hardy), Richard Cramer (FBI man), Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian (henchman), Jack Hendricks (henchman playing the pinball machine), James B. Leong (importer), Walter Long (henchman), Lew Meehan (warehouseman), Constantine Romanoff (henchman), Gene Roth (henchman), Harry Tenbrook (henchman Sam)
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The Private Lives of Actors
Evelyn Brent, the gangster boss of this crime adventure, at five foot two inches tall, was a mighty powerful sultry leading lady in the final years of silent pictures. Born in Tampa, Florida in 1899, she moved to New York as a very young teen and started modeling, and then acting for several motion picture studios located there. Her biggest movie hits were during the silent era, but she appeared in motion pictures and theater until her final screen appearance on a television episode of Wagon Train in 1957. She had three husbands, but the most interesting is her third husband, Harry Fox. Don’t know the name of Harry Fox? No, he had no connection to the Fox movie studio . . . . he invented a dance that caught the world on fire in the 1920’s, . . . . yup, you guessed it. . . . he created the Foxtrot!
Grant Withers plays the leading man, FBI Agent Ralph Dickson. What’s the dirt in his closet that you always wanted to know? At the time of this motion picture he was 35 years old, and married to Gladys Joyce Walsh, and John Wayne was the best man at his wedding. But several years earlier, when he was 26 years old he ran off to Yuma, Arizona with a young 17 year old actress that he met while filming a movie. The two star-struck lovers got married, but it was annulled before long. The young girl that ran off with him was none other than famous actress Loretta Young!
Dorothy Short, who plays Marion Morgan, brother of Jerry Morgan, played by Dave O'Brien, is the love interest for leading man Grant Withers. Nothing strange there, except that Dorothy Short in real life was married to Dave O’Brien, and they had a lovely marriage, until she divorced Dave because he spent more time yachting and sailing than with her!
Yup, I would say, “Only in Hollywood,” but you know, stuff like that happens in towns small and large all over the world. It’s just more fun to know the fun stuff about the stars of the movies we enjoy. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and watch the FBI versus a sultry seductive Daughter of the Tong.
Dave O'Brien, Evelyn Brent
Dirk Thane, Dave O'Brien
Dorothy Short, Grant Withers
Dorothy Short, Dave O'Brien
Evelyn Brent, Dave O'Brien
Harry Harvey watches for escaped gangster Ralph Dickson
Evelyn Brent, Grant Withers
Grant Withers, Robert Frazer
Grant Withers, Walter Long
Hal Taliaferro, Grant Withers
Harry Harvey, Dirk Thane
Jack Hendricks, Harry Harvey
James B. Leong
Richard Loo, Grant Withers