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Ralph Bonner (Frank Mayo) brings an ancient Chinese dagger that seems
to be of no great value from Shanghai to the USA, even though a certain
Varonoff (Michael Visaroff) would offer him a large amount of money (about
10 times its value) for the object, and even though he is threatened by
one of Varonoff's henchman (George Chesebro).
Bonner delivers the dagger
to its rightful owner, Lee Fong (Edmund Breese), but then the lights go
out, a shot is heard, and once the lights come on again, Lee Fong is dead
and Bonner and the dagger are gone ... and the prime suspect in the
killing is Bonner's brother Jim (Rex Lease), who just happened to
accompany his brother, and who from here on is constantly bullied by
detective Dooley (Edmund Breese) - but that doesn't keep him from on the
one hand (successfully) romancing Lee Fong's ward Lotus (Barbara Kent) and
on the other hand investigate the murder on his own.
investigations soon lead him to a certain Madame Ying Su (Carmel Myers),
who has been hired by Varonoff to get him the dagger, but Ying Su is
cautious enough to make Jim her prisoner - which leads detective Dooley to
believe he is in league with her. Soon enough, Madame Ying Su has Lotus
abducted, but Jim helps her escape, even though that messes up his own
planned escape - and just when the police arrives too. Finding Jim with
the villains but with an escape route open to him, Dooley is even more
certain that Jim is one of the baddies ... until the dagger and Ralph are
found, and while Jim is finally proven innocent, the cops take in Madame
Ying Su and her gang.
And the dagger?
It had a priceless gem hidden in
its handle, that's why everybody was after it ...
sound B-crime drama, nothing great, that's for sure, but as films of its
ilk go, it isn't too bad either, moving along swiftly enough, featuring a
few interesting plottwists and many a pulp mainstay without relying to
heavily on the yellow peril motive.