Film - King of Chinatown

September 21, 2023 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Movie poster for King of Chinatown (1939), starring Anna May Wong.

Under contract with Paramount, Wong teams up with Philip Ahn for another film in which Asian Americans have "sympathetic parts for a change." Dr. Mary Ling (Wong), her father (a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine), and an enterprising young lawyer (Ahn) struggle to expose corruption and bring peace to their oppressed neighbors. Wong gives a powerful and pioneering performance as a gifted surgeon raising funds for the Red Cross in China, inspired by the real-life story of Chinese American physician Dr. Margaret Chung. With Akim Tamiroff, J. Carrol Naish, Sidney Toler, and Anthony Quinn.

1939. 57 minutes. Not rated.

A part of the "Breathing Fire: A Celebration of Anna May Wong" Series, this film will be introduced by Joyce Madancy, Professor of History at Union College.


GE Theatre @ Proctors
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305