King of Chinatown (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

King of Chinatown (1939)




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Movie Info

Akim Tamiroff plays the title role, an underworld leader who controls all illicit operations in Chinatown. Tamiroff is toppled from power by two members of his own mob (Anthony Quinn and J.Carroll Naish). He is left for dead, but is saved by a dedicated Chinese-American doctor (Anna May Wong). In gratitude, Tamiroff turns over his fortune to a Chinese war relief fund. King of Gamblers was directed with flair by the otherwise unimaginative Nick Grinde, who seems to have borrowed several artistic touches from fellow Paramount contractee Robert Florey.


Anna May Wong
as Dr. Mary Ling
Akim Tamiroff
as Frank Baturin
Sidney Toler
as Dr. Chang Ling
Philip Ahn
as Robert `Bob' Li
Anthony Quinn
as Mike Gordon
Bernadene Hayes
as Dolly Warren
Roscoe Karns
as Rep. Harrigan
Ray Mayer
as Potatoes
George Anderson
as Detective
Charles B. Wood
as 1st Gangster
George Magrill
as 2nd Gangster
Lily King
as Chinese Woman
Wong Show Chong
as Chinese Man
Chester Gan
as Mr. Foo
Pat West
as Fight Announcer
Guy Usher
as Investigator
Pierre Watkin
as District Attorney Phillips
Sam Ash
as Barber
Jimmy Vaughn
as Slugger Grady
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Critic Reviews for King of Chinatown

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

As Dr Ling, Anna May Wong has little to do but act a mild role with dignity, plus some gentle humour. This she does, although the script makes her character a rather colourless personality.

March 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Paramount should have spared us and its cast (Akim Tamiroff, Anna May Wong, Sidney Toler and J. Carrol Naish principally) the necessity of being bothered with such folderol.

March 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It is just another gangster melodrama, lacking the excitement one expects in pictures of this type. It starts out pretty well, but as it develops it loses its fast pace.

July 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Neat and quick, the film moves at a nice pace in its 56-minute run. Despite some bad editing early in the film, this is an interesting thriller with a great cast.

March 16, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

[It's] about a woman surgeon and a racketeer with noble instincts, who suffers a change of soul after she has saved his life. It seems a pity that this reformation has to wait until the end of the film... an awful lot of tedium could have been prevented.

March 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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