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    Earliest Asian American Movie Ever! Phantom of Chinatown

    Likely the first Hollywood speaking film to star Asian Americans, Phantom of Chinatown is a clever murder mystery that includes a look at early 20th century Asian American culture. Keye Luke plays a young sleuth takes over the detective business from his aging teacher, and his first case is a real conundrum: a famous archeologist is mysteriously poisoned and leaves behind no clues except the words “Eternal Fire.” As Luke gets to know the archeologist’s beautiful secretary, he learns that Eternal Fire refers to an ancient scroll that contains valuable information. Luke must find the scroll, and find the killers, and not get killed himself! Phantom of Chinatown is great drama that unfolds with skill and enigma, leaving the viewer guessing to the end.