Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Number 17 is one of those "Tong War" melodramas which proliferated in the 1920s. George Walsh (brother of director Raoul Walsh) stars as a crusading reporter, assigned the Chinatown beat. Leading lady Mildred Reardon is the daughter of Charles Mussett, who has the bad manners to antagonize several venerable Chinese families. When the minions of these families threaten to kill Mildred in retribution, Walsh comes to the rescue. Extremely racist by today's standards, Number 17 is redeemed by its well-staged action sequences.
China, criminal, father, gangster, infiltration, investigation, journalism, newspaper, organization, organized-crime, reporter, rescue, underworld