Directed by Herbert L. Strock • 1962 • United States
Starring John Vivyan, Bruce Gordon, Lisa Lu
Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He notes: “Lisa Lu, actor in THE JOY LUCK CLUB, THE LAST EMPEROR, CRAZY RICH ASIANS, and—also featured in this series—CHINA DOLL, portrays a character atypical of 1960s Hollywood, and even by today’s standards: a tough Chinese female laborer who fights back—physically and with feisty dialogue.” For further context, we recommend watching Mr. Dong’s series introduction and his documentary HOLLYWOOD CHINESE, now playing on the Channel.
In this action-packed western, three prospectors—Senn (Bruce Gordon), Taylor (Charles Lampkin), and Hayden (John Vivyan)—divide and bury their gold to safeguard it from warring Apaches. Cue a series of double crosses, triple crosses, chases, and shoot-outs as greed drives the three men to murder and betrayal. Lisa Lu costars as a young Chinese woman who becomes caught up in the gold fever, a rare and fascinating example of Asian representation in an American western.