GenreAction, Crime, Drama Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateMarch 30, 1929 WriterSamuel Ornitz (story), Ben Grauman Kohn (scenario), Oliver H.P. Garrett (scenario), William B. Jutte (scenario) Music directorKarl Hajos, Gerard Carbonara CastWallace Beery (Chuck Riley), Florence Vidor (Joan Fry), Warner Oland (Boston Charley), Jack McHugh (The Shadow), Jack Oakie (The Reporter) Similar moviesKill Bill: Vol. 1, Scarface, Chinatown, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, The Dead Pool, Miller's Crossing
Chinatown Nights, also known as Tong War, is a 1929 film starring Wallace Beery and begun as a silent film then finished as an all-talking sound one via dubbing. Directed by William A. Wellman and released by Paramount Pictures, Chinatown Nights also stars Florence Vidor, former wife of director King Vidor, who did not dub her own voice and quit the movie business immediately afterward, preferring not to work in sound films; her voice in Chinatown Nights was supplied by actress Nella Walker. The supporting cast includes Warner Oland as a Chinese gangster and Jack Oakie as a stuttering reporter. The movie was based upon the story "Tong War" by Samuel Ornitz.
Wallace Beery as Chuck Riley
Florence Vidor as Joan Fry (voice dubbed by Nella Walker)