A missionary arrives from the east and contacts Checkmate to warn them about a plot to kill Tom Lin, a Chinese patriot currently in hiding in San Francisco; he has apparently been shot in ...
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A missionary arrives from the east and contacts Checkmate to warn them about a plot to kill Tom Lin, a Chinese patriot currently in hiding in San Francisco; he has apparently been shot in the arm while trying to find Lin and warn him of the danger he is in. It soon turns out, however, that the missionary is actually an assassin sent to kill the daughter of Win Lee, a former Chinese warlord also residing in San Francisco.Written by
Anthony William Durrant
The often repeated (and spelled out) address of concern, "421 Grant Street" could conceivably exist, were it not for the fact that Grant is an avenue, not a street, and this nomenclature is not only part of the San Francisco heritage, but also the title of the well known song from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song. See more »
In his next to last acting role Charles Laughton plays a clergyman recently returned from the Far East looking for someone of prominence in the San Francisco community of Chinatown. Upon disembarking from the boat he gets shot by some Oriental gentleman who later turns up dead.
As it turns out Laughton is on his way to hire the Checkmate team to find the individual in Chinatown he's looking for. But Anthony George and Doug McClure get maybe a bit more than the usual blank wall that Chinatown shows to outsiders.
The plot construction is a bit inferior and simple forensics that the villain should have been aware of, trap him. But Laughton plays his role with his usual relish and his scenes with the criminologist Sebastian Cabot have some real distinction.
This is an episode where one sits back and enjoys Charles Laughton and forgets the rather large plot holes and poor writing for this particular Checkmate.
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