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China Seas (1935)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Adventure | 16 August 1935 (USA)
When earthy Dolly Portland is rejected by Captain Gaskell in favor of a socialite, she aids Jamesy McCardle, in league with Malay pirates, in his plot to seize his ship.

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Jamesy MacArdle
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Tom Davids
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Sybil Barclay
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Dawson
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Sir Guy Wilmerding
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Charlie McCaleb
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Rockwell
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Mrs. Vollberg (as Live de Maigret)
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Mrs. Timmons (as Lillian Bond)
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Wilbur Timmons
Soo Yong ...
Yu-Lan
Carol Ann Beery ...
Carol Ann
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Romanoff
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Dynamic Alan Gaskell captains a ship bound from Hong Kong to Singapore. Gaskell tries to turn over a new leaf from his hard-drinking lifestyle after becoming re-attached to a refined high class English lady, Sybil Barclay. His former girlfriend Dolly is extremely jealous of the budding relationship and tries hard to get the Captain back. He is apparently unimpressed with her loud, obnoxious, and uncivilized manners, even though she is extremely beautiful. After a temporary takeover of the ship by gold-seeking Asian pirates, Captain Gaskell must deal with the fact that Dolly and her drinking pal, Jamesey MacArdle, are implicated in the crime. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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16 August 1935 (USA)  »

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Mares de China  »

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$1,138,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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While shooting in the studio two stuntmen were nearly killed as they were washed away by 50 tons of water. See more »

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During the storm when Jamesy MacArdle grabs China Doll and swings her around in his room towards his dresser at about the 48 minute mark, her dress strap comes down revealing what appears to be her bare breast. She quickly lifts her strap and continues. See more »

Quotes

Captain Alan Gaskell: Well, he's out of it anyway. He finished the game the way he played it.
Dolly 'China Doll' Portland: Yeah. Tough. He didn't yell "No dice!" when they rolled against him. I won't either. Good luck, toots!
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Referenced in Bhowani Junction (1956) See more »

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Chopsticks
(1877) (uncredited)
Music by Euphemia Allen
Played on piano by Robert Benchley
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Jean & Clark hit the high seas
5 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rollicking fun with the MGM sheen at its height. Jean and Gable were always a great match and they continue here as a doxy and a ship's captain. The script is serviceable enough to not stretch belief too far, what is more fantastic is that Jean would be traveling on a China tug in white satin no matter how striking it is, same goes for Clark in his white captain uniform but that's Metro for you. This is the last of Jean's true brassy platinum blonde roles. For the short time she had left in her regrettably too brief career she softened her look and her roles were heading to the more ladylike end of the spectrum, for instance Wife vs. Secretary. Rosalind Russell is just starting out here too stuck in one of what she referred to as her Lady Mary roles, full of good diction and the graaaand manner her great flair for comedy wouldn't be tapped for several years, she's fine but knowing what she's capable of she feels constrained. The rest of the cast is terrific with Wally Beery and Robert Benchley standing out in full bodied characterizations. Keep in mind that this was made in the 30's so racism and sexism are on full display in a very casual way.


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