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Roar of the Dragon (1932)

Passed | | Adventure, Romance | 8 July 1932 (USA)
A boatload of Westerners is trapped in Manchuria as bandits led by Russian renegade Voronsky ravage the area. Seeking refuge in a fortified inn, the group is led by the boat's Captain ... See full summary »

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Voronsky
William Orlamond ...
Dr. Pransnitz
Arthur Stone ...
Sholem
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Chinese Proprietor's Daughter (as Toshi Mori)
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Sailor Sam
James Wang ...
Hotel Proprietor (as Jimmy Wang)
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A boatload of Westerners is trapped in Manchuria as bandits led by Russian renegade Voronsky ravage the area. Seeking refuge in a fortified inn, the group is led by the boat's Captain Carson, who becomes involved with a woman who "belongs" to Voronsky. Carson must contend with the bandits outside and the conflicting personalities of those trapped inside the inn, as well as dealing with spies among the inn's personnel. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Adventure | Romance

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8 July 1932 (USA)  »

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March of a Nation  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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No record of the publication of the novel "A Passage to China" has been found. See more »

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Little White Lies
(1930) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Walter Donaldson
Played on the radio at the hotel
Hummed by Arline Judge
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Ably made but underwritten
27 July 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This brisk action movie, set in deepest Manchuria, stars Richard Dix as a dipsomaniac riverboat captain thrust into a precarious situation: rescuing a mixed bag of travelers, children, and ne'e'r-do-wells from a bandit, played with wicked intent by C. Henry Gordon. Amongst the motley crew are Zasu Pitts as a nervous society lady, Arline Judge as a flapper with a heart of gold, and Danish-born Gwili Andre as a Garbo-like woman of mystery. The film is brilliantly shot by Edward Cronjager, with some top-notch action sequences, but Howard Estabrook's screenplay doesn't do enough to establish its characters, perhaps not surprising considering the film's 68 minute running time. Nonetheless, this gets a strong recommendation, especially for fans of pre-code cinema, who will appreciate scenes such as Gordon having a hot iron applied to the hole in his head where an ear used to be.


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