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Walk Like a Dragon (1960)

Approved | | Action, Romance, Western | 1 June 1960 (USA)
California, 1870s. The cowboy Lincoln 'Linc' Bartlett finds out there's a slave auction of Chinese women in San Francisco and he intervenes and purchases the Chinese Kim Sung from the ... See full summary »

Director:

James Clavell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Linc Bartlett
Nobu McCarthy ... Kim Sung
James Shigeta ... Cheng Lu
Mel Tormé ... The Deacon
Josephine Hutchinson ... Ma Bartlett
Rodolfo Acosta ... Sheriff Marguelez (as Rudolph Acosta)
Benson Fong ... Wu
Michael Pate ... Rev. Will Allen
Lilyan Chauvin ... Mme. Lili Raide
Don Kennedy Don Kennedy ... Masters
Don 'Red' Barry ... Cabot (as Donald Barry)
Lester Matthews ... Peter Mott
Michael Ross ... Taffy
Charles Irwin ... Angus
Tom Kennedy ... Jethro the Bartender
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California, 1870s. The cowboy Lincoln 'Linc' Bartlett finds out there's a slave auction of Chinese women in San Francisco and he intervenes and purchases the Chinese Kim Sung from the auction with the intent of setting her free. But it doesn't occur to Linc that setting her free isn't enough. Where is she going to go? Kim doesn't speak English and she's just going to be exploited by somebody else. Linc takes Kim home to serve as a housekeeper. Ma Bartlett Linc's mother, is not happy that a Chinese girl is living in her home, and even less happy when Kim and her son fall in love. Their affair also arouses the jealousy of Cheng Lu, a Chinese immigrant. Written by Robert

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THIS IS HOW THEY FIRST SAW HER...in the notorious Slave-Market of San Francisco's Chinatown! (original poster)


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Goofs

Nobu McCarthy's knee-length white dress might have looked stylish in 1960 when the film was made, but would have been totally inappropriate and unacceptable in the 1870's time frame in which the film is taking place. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Night Court: Can't Buy Me Love (1990) See more »

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Walk Like a Dragon
Composed and Performed by Mel Tormé
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Walk Like A Dragon Presents a Challenging Theme in a New Land.
23 August 2017 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

Multi talented Australian writer/director James Clavel, for his second Hollywood feature, picked an interesting historical situation and fascinating hand picked international cast to bring his story to life. His characters are rich and varied and well defined, mixing a multinational group of people brought together in the developing days of the west.

It's been said Mr. Clavel had difficulty deciding on the right way to finish, so shot two alternate endings and at one stage both ran simultaneously in two Cinemas. The ending presented on TCM was regarded as the strongest and was adopted for the subsequent world market release. Award Winner Loyal Griggs (Shane) provides the fine B/W photography with Paul Dunlap's lovely music score blending perfectly. It's a thoughtful look at a young nation in its formative years and makes for a better than average mild budget western.


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Language:

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Release Date:

1 June 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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