Here’s another photo of Stockton’s Jadin Wong.
The caption reads, “A scene from the 20th Century-Fox production “Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation.” Mr. Moto was a fictional Japanese spy in novels published between 1935 and 1957. This movie adaptation was done in 1939.
Though her biographical details vary, by one account Wong ran away from Stockton to Hollywood. She was so poor she had to wear her tap shoes on her feet. A man on the street, either impressed by her beauty or touched by her poverty, invited her to his place to discuss a job.
“Yeah, right,” you’re thinking. But the man turned out to be the husband of Claudette Colbert. Wong was enrolled in dance lessons and appearred in several movies. When her dance teacher moved to San Francisco, she followed, which is more or less where this column picks up.