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Director:
Writers:
Grace Zaring Stone (from the story by)
Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screen play)
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Release Date:
6 January 1933 (USA) See more »
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Their Forbidden Love Wrecked an Empire! See more »
Plot:
A Chinese warlord and an engaged Christian missionary fall in love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Capra's most overlooked-and most brilliant- film. See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Megan

Nils Asther ... General Yen
Toshia Mori ... Mah-Li

Walter Connolly ... Jones
Gavin Gordon ... Bob
Lucien Littlefield ... Mr. Jacobson
Richard Loo ... Captain Li

Helen Jerome Eddy ... Miss Reed
Emmett Corrigan ... Bishop Harkness
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Arnold ... Mrs. Blake (uncredited)
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Jackson (uncredited)
Robert Bolder ... Missionary (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Missionary (uncredited)
Wong Chung ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Knute Erickson ... Dr. Hansen (uncredited)
Willie Fung ... Officer (uncredited)
Adda Gleason ... Mrs. Bowman (uncredited)
Ella Hall ... Mrs. Amelia Hansen (uncredited)
Daisy Jefferson ... Mrs. Warden (uncredited)
Arthur Johnson ... Dr. Schuler (uncredited)
Tetsu Komai ... Gen. Yen's Messenger (uncredited)
Eddie Lee ... Chinese Soldier (uncredited)
Milton Lee ... Telegrapher (uncredited)
Lillian Leighton ... Missionary (uncredited)
Harriet Lorraine ... Missionary (uncredited)
Doris Louellyn ... Mrs. Meigs (uncredited)
Martha Mattox ... Miss Avery (uncredited)
Arthur Millett ... Mr. Pettis (uncredited)
Moy Ming ... Dr. Lin (uncredited)
Miller Newman ... Dr. Mott (uncredited)
Robert Wayne ... Rev. Bostwick (uncredited)
Ray Young ... Engineer (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra  (as Frank R. Capra)
 
Writing credits
Grace Zaring Stone (from the story by)

Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screen play) (as Edward Paramore)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer (uncredited)
Walter Wanger .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
W. Franke Harling (musical score) (as W. Frank Harling)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss (film editor) (as Edward Curtis)
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (uncredited)
Edward Stevenson (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harry Cohn .... president: Columbia Pictures Corporation
Gene Lewis .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
South Korea:15 (2007) | USA:Approved | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Chinese officials in Washington, D.C. complained about the depiction of the treatment of war prisoners in this film (which were toned down a bit) and some dehumanizing language about the Chinese people, such as "Human life is the cheapest thing in China," (which remains in the film).See more »
Quotes:
Megan Davis:Doctor Stike told me all about you. You yellow swine, if you think that... I advise you to send me back to Shanghai just as soon as you can.
General Yen:You will always find me, your most humble servant.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Onward Christian SoldiersSee more »

FAQ

Is 'The Bitter Tea of General Yen' based on a book?
Was Megan in love with Yen?
How did Mah-Li find out about the plan to move Yen's money on the train?
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32 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Capra's most overlooked-and most brilliant- film., 3 May 1999
Author: Joseph Harder from warren michigan

For those who think that Frank Capra only produced "Capracorn'..well, think again. One reviewer dismisses this film as 'melodramatic'..it is, in fact, a subtle, powerful exploration of sexual politics, racism, and human passion.Stanwyck, and the almost forgotten Nils asther, ignite the screen. This film also shows another often overlooked side of Capra, his fascination with the Orient, especially China.

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