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The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

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

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(as Frank R. Capra)

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(from the story by), (screen play) (as Edward Paramore)
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Gen. Yen
Toshia Mori ...
Mah-Li
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Jones
Gavin Gordon ...
Bob
Lucien Littlefield ...
Mr. Jacobson
Richard Loo ...
Capt. Li
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Miss Reed
Emmett Corrigan ...
Bishop Harkness
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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! See more »

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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

Almost immediately after this film wrapped, Barbara Stanwyck and her husband Frank Fay adopted their son, Dion Anthony Fay. See more »

Quotes

Megan Davis: The subtlety of you Orientals is very much overestimated.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played by an unidentified organist at the wedding
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Mesmerizing!
12 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This little known film represents fine work by everybody involved. Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther are absolutely mesmerizing. You would not know it is a Frank Capra film-- it has none of his familiar "life is good" feeling. Though, his fine direction shows. The street scenes in war-torn Shanghai will have you on edge. Stanwyck, the American do-gooder, barges in where brave men fear to go,and plays it beautifully. She learns many lessons along the way. All of the sets are impeccably done. The Missionery's house looks just right. Yen's palace is rich and beautiful. The train scenes are great. This has been tagged as Drama and War, but it is also a magnificent romance. It was my late husband's favorite film.


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