Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This rugged Richard Dix vehicle casts the star as rough-and-tumble sea captain Jim Bucklin. Landing at a Chinese port, Bucklin and his passengers are threatened by a marauding war lord, who intends to kill the captain and hold the others hostage as part of his campaign of destruction against all white men. Rallying the passengers and a few nervous hotel guests, our hero decides to "hang tough" and hold out against the bandit hordes. The climax finds Bucklin and the principal heavy fighting to the death, while several feet underwater! Mary Brian and Jocelyn Lee provide glamour as, respectively, the virginal Mary and the been-around Shanghai Rose (guess which one survives?) Shanghai Bound was partially remade, again with Richard Dix, as Roar of the Dragon (1932).
bad-guy, captain [military], good-guy, hostage, passenger, warlord