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The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  6 January 1933 (USA)
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A Chinese warlord and an engaged Christian missionary fall in love.

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Megan
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General Yen
Toshia Mori ...
Mah-Li
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Jones
Gavin Gordon ...
Bob
Lucien Littlefield ...
Mr. Jacobson
Richard Loo ...
Captain Li
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Miss Reed
Emmett Corrigan ...
Bishop Harkness
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Storyline

The American missionary Megan Davis arrives in Shanghai during the Chinese Civil War to marry the missionary Dr. Robert Strife. However, Robert postpones their wedding to rescue some orphans in an orphanage in Chapei section that is burning in the middle of a battlefield. While returning to Shanghai with the children, they are separated in the crowd, Megan is hit in the head and knocked out, but is saved by General Yen and brought by train to his palace. As the days go by, the General's mistress Mah-Li becomes close to Megan and when she is accused of betrayal for giving classified information to the enemies, Megan asks for her life. The cruel General Yen falls in love for the naive and pure Megan and accepts her request to spare the life of Mah-Li against the will of his financial advisor Jones. Meanwhile Megan feels attracted by the powerful and gentle General Yen, but resists to his flirtation. When Mah-Li betrays General Yen and destroys his empire, Megan realizes that to be able ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They found a love they dared not touch!

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Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

6 January 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La amargura del general Yen  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jessie Perry is in studio records/casting call lists playing "Miss Reid," but that role was played by Helen Jerome Eddy. See more »

Quotes

Megan Davis: But I can't understand it. The owner of the car looked so civilized. I wonder who he was?
Mrs. Jackson: Some rich merchant. Taking refuge in the Settlement. But don't be fooled about his looking civilized. They're all tricky, treacherous and immoral. I can't tell one from another. They're all Chinamen to me.
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Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldiers
(1871) (uncredited)
Music from "St. Gertrude" by Arthur Sullivan (1871)
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
Sung by an unidentified quartet at the wedding
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I was amazed by the sexual chemistry
22 January 1999 | by (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This film was made before Hollywood strengthened the censorship code. The sexual chemistry between Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther really amazed me! Director Frank Capra filled his story with strong overtones and suggestive dialogue. Very entertaining.


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