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China Seas (1935)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Adventure | 16 August 1935 (USA)
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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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Tay Garnett

Writers:

Jules Furthman (screen play), James Kevin McGuinness (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gable ... Alan Gaskell
Jean Harlow ... China Doll
Wallace Beery ... Jamesy MacArdle
Lewis Stone ... Davids
Rosalind Russell ... Sybil
Dudley Digges ... Dawson
C. Aubrey Smith ... Sir Guy
Robert Benchley ... McCaleb
William Henry ... Rockwell
Liev De Maigret ... Mrs. Vollberg (as Live de Maigret)
Lilian Bond ... Mrs. Timmons (as Lillian Bond)
Edward Brophy ... Timmons
Soo Yong Soo Yong ... Yu-Lan
Carol Ann Beery Carol Ann Beery ... Carol Ann
Akim Tamiroff ... Romanoff
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Storyline

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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A challenge to all screen history!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mares de China See more »

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Budget:

$1,138,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the current 2016 price of gold, the shipment of 35,488.95 ounces would be worth almost $46.9M. The price of gold as indicated by the invoice shown is correct at the time of the film at roughly $35 per ounce. See more »

Goofs

In the scene between Gable and Beery at the rail, the camera angle reverses position several times, switching from an inboard and an outboard position, but the two actors never switch positions, Gable staying always on the left and Beery always on the right. See more »

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Dolly 'China Doll' Portland: Jeez, too amazing for words! There I was with a cinder in me eye, as large as a paving block, with the grand duke on one side of me and the marquis on the other. Both trying to pull my top lid over my bottom!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jean Harlow (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Road To Mandalay
(1907) (uncredited)
Music by Oley Speaks
Lyrics by Rudyard Kipling
Variation played as part of the score during the opening credits and at the end
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A solid, well-crafted film of MGM's Heyday
15 August 2006 | by Tobias_RSee all my reviews

It is a relief to see a vibrantly entertaining film that is well-crafted as a finely made chair. Like most chairs, this film is no classic like "Citizen Kane" or "Gone With The Wind" but it's exciting with charismatic leads like Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. The chemistry between the two is gripping, even if a lot of their encounters in this movie are rather repetitious of the "I love you but I shouldn't" variety. One can see why Gable and Harlow were cast together at every opportunity MGM had from "Red Dust" onward. The other supporting actors are quite good especially Wallace Beery as a slippery villain. While Robert Benchley is quite amusing, his drunk act starts getting really old after a while. Also, it's quite sobering to realize that Benchley would die in 1945 from the effects of long-term alcoholism. In sum, despite some unhappy reminders of Hollywood's racism of times past, this is a fine film that probably served as one source of inspiration for Spielberg's Indiana Jones series of films in the 1980s.


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