Starring Lyle Talbot, Valerie Hobson, Hugh O'Connell, Andy Devine, E. Alyn
Directed by Murray Roth
Runtime: 75 min.
Print Quality: B
Dore Schary, several years removed from his tenure as head of MGM,
was screenwriter for the modest Universal actioner Chinatown Squad.
Lyle Talbot plays Ted Lacey, a disgruntled ex-cop reduced to driving a
sightseeing bus in Chinatown. When a man who has been collecting
funds for the Chinese communist cause is murdered, Lacey leaps at the
opportunity to solve the case in hopes of getting his badge back. The
killing is tied in with some stolen airplanes -- and, this being Hollywood's
version of Chinatown, there's an abundance of sinister-looking suspects.
Eighteen-year-old Valerie Hobson is the pretty if antiseptic heroine. For
reasons best known to the folks at Universal, Chinatown Squad was
included in TV's "Shock Theatre" package, lumped together with the
studio's Frankenstein and Dracula pictures!