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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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Tagline:
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 (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Megan

Nils Asther ... Gen. Yen

Toshia Mori ... Mah-Li

Walter Connolly ... Jones

Gavin Gordon ... Bob

Lucien Littlefield ... Mr. Jacobson

Richard Loo ... Capt. 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)
 
Visual Effects by
Bridgid O'Donnell .... digital restoration artist (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:
Almost immediately after this film wrapped, Barbara Stanwyck and her husband Frank Fay adopted their son, Dion Anthony Fay.See more »
Quotes:
Megan Davis:I was greatly relieved tonight when I heard there was another American in this strange place.
Jones:Well, thank you for the compliment, but, I guess I'm what's known in the dime novels as a renegade. And a darn good one at that. I don't think I'd be much of a relief to anybody.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Murder by Numbers (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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33 out of 47 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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