Dorothy Burgess, the fiery Tonia of the Academy award-winning In Old Arizona (1929), plays a woman who will do anything to locate her missing child in Malay Nights, a rather sordid low-budget melodrama from Mayfair Pictures Corp. After reluctantly marrying handsome pearl fisherman Jim Wilson (Johnny Mack Brown) in order to legitimize her young son, Sonny (George Smith), Eve Blake loses sight of both when Jim returns to his Malayan island. Earning passage to Singapore by working in a nightclub, Eve obtains a job in a seedy bar frequented by sailors. Locating her there, Jim believes her to be an unfit mother and refuses to let her see Sonny. When Eve's erstwhile lover, Sheldon (Ralph Ince), suddenly shows up and threatens the island, Eve's unselfish acts of bravery save the day, forcing Jim to realize that she has been victimized by Sheldon all along.
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