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The Hatchet Man (1932)

Hatchet man is ordered to kill his close friend for the sake of Tong.

Director:

William A. Wellman

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Achmed Abdullah (play), David Belasco (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Wong Low Get
Loretta Young ... Sun Toya San
Dudley Digges ... Nog Hong Fah
Leslie Fenton ... Harry En Hai
Edmund Breese ... Yu Chang
Tully Marshall ... Long Sen Yat
J. Carrol Naish ... Sun Yat Ming (as J. Carroll Naish)
Charles Middleton ... Lip Hop Fat
E. Alyn Warren ... Soo Lat, the Cobbler
Edward Peil Sr. ... Bing Foo (as Eddie Piel)
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Storyline

San Francisco Tong hatchet man Wong must execute his boyhood friend Sun. Sun knew his time was up and wrote out his will just prior to Wong showing up at his door. When Sun realizes Wong is there to kill me he tries to set his friend's mind at ease by telling him he is the beneficiary of all Sun's worldly possessions and convinces Wong to promise to take care of Sun's young daughter, Toya San who Sun has bequeathed to become his wife. Years later, when she becomes of age, she marries Wong, now a powerful figure, though she loves evil Harry. When Wong learns Toya will be happier with Harry he allows them to leave. Still later Wong learns that Harry has been deported and since Toya could not prove she was married to someone else she too was deported to China. When Wong learns of this, he goes after them. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He kills!! She thrills! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Honorable Mr. Wong See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented USA telecast of this film took place in Des Moines Tuesday 20 August 1957 on WHO (Channel 13), followed by Pittsburgh 18 January 1958 on WIIC (Channel 11), by Tampa 21 January 1958 on WTVT (Channel 13), by New York City 16 May 1958 on WABD (Channel 5), and by Birmingham 14 September 1958 on WABT (Channel 13). See more »

Quotes

Sun Toya San: When I'm dancing, I just forget everything. Music just does something to me.
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Alabamy Bound
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Music by Ray Henderson
Played at the dance hall
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Hatchet Job
3 May 2002 | by howdymaxSee all my reviews

A hatchet job is what I fully intended to do to this movie until I found some quiet time in the afternoon to watch it. In fact I gave it an 8/10 for novelty as well as pathos. The casting is preposterous. Can you imagine Edward G Robinson and Loretta Young as Chinese?

Eddie G plays a well respected Tong assassin who is forced to kill his childhood friend and blood brother (played by J Carroll Naish) witch was no surprise. He inherits the friends business and 6 year old daughter for his effort. He prospers and when the girl grows up, he marries her. I should mention that Loretta Young was only 19 when she made this movie and she was remarkably sexy and seductive. Along comes another Tong War and Eddie is pulled out of retirement to do his stuff. Meanwhile his young wife falls for the bodyguard and runs off with him. Loretta and her lover are deported to China for messing about with opium. Although Eddie is initially shamed by her betrayal, he eventually redeems himself and his reputation. After all, he is a hatchet man!

This is one of EGR's lesser known movies, but if you can get over the bizarre casting, the story really is gripping and the cast turns in a bravo performance.


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