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And While We’re Talking of Pal Joey, Let’s Remember Judy Dan

Posted: January 5th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

Talking of Pal Joey yesterday….Quite a few Chinese-American actors pop up in the film – George Chan played the pianist – it was his last movie and he sadly died shortly after completing filming. Also Jane Chung plays a flower seller that interacts with Sinatra. You can also spot the lovely Judy Dan in a few scenes as the Barbary Coast nightclub hatcheck girl. Judy Dan (Judy Duyu) was actually Shanghai born in 1930 the daughter of film director Dan Duyu and the actress Yin Mingzhu. Dan and Yin were a Shanghai celebrity couple after he made and she starred in Hai Shi, The Sea Oath in 1922, arguably China’s first romance movie. Judy, their daughter was born in 1930…

dan_duyu3_2Dan Duyu

yinmingzhu2Yin Mingzhu

The family moved to Hong Kong and Judy apprently worked in some capacity for Cathay Pacific where she was talent spotted. She entered and won the Miss Hong Kong competition travelling to America in 1952 to take part in the Miss Universe contest. she was the Third Runner Up. And so a few pics of Judy Dan…



judy dan

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2 Comments on “And While We’re Talking of Pal Joey, Let’s Remember Judy Dan”

  1. 1 Susan McCallum-Smith said at 12:41 am on September 13th, 2017:

    Dear Paul,
    You don’t happen to know what happened to Judy Dan after she stopped appearing in films and TV, or where she may be now?
    Best wishes,

  2. 2 Claude GreenRiver said at 12:48 am on April 11th, 2020:

    Judy Dan is my link to a past that i will never let go of, because she is the main ingredient to a life of gentle civility.

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