This film waited 8 years to be released! Astor pictures picked it up after Chaney, jr. became a star. It was released in 1943 one year after Universal's "The Wolfman".
Chaney is a colonial police detective named Jack Wilson. Wilson is called into a case where a bar owner's niece comes into possession of a valuable ruby called "The Tear Of Buddha". She is kidnapped and the ruby stolen.
Wilson then assumes the identity of a bar thug named Butch Curtain. Chaney is good in both roles, but I liked him better as the Wilson character.
The story moves along at a good pace and the film makes for a good time. The cast is rounded out by Sheila Terry, Phillip Ahn and Richard Cramer.
The print from Mill Creek is pretty good.