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6 January 1933 (USA) See more »
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They found a love they dared not touch!
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Cast

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Barbara Stanwyck ... Megan Davis

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

Walter Connolly ... Jones
Gavin Gordon ... Dr. Robert 'Bob' Strike
Lucien Littlefield ... Mr. Jacobson
Richard Loo ... Capt. Li

Helen Jerome Eddy ... Miss Reed
Emmett Corrigan ... Bishop Harkness
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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)
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Directed by
Frank Capra  (as Frank R. Capra)
 
Writing credits
Grace Zaring Stone (story)

Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screenplay) (as Edward Paramore)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer
Walter Wanger .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
W. Franke Harling  (as W. Frank Harling)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss  (as Edward Curtis)
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (uncredited)
Edward Stevenson (uncredited)
 
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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)
 
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Harry Cohn .... president: Columbia Pictures Corporation
Gene Lewis .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
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88 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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South Korea:15 (2007) | USA:Approved | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Swedish actor Nils Asther played General Yen. Asian actors were never cast in lead roles in American productions at the time. Although multilingual, Asther did not speak Mandarin. However, he did use a Mandarin dialect for the part.See more »
Quotes:
Jones:Now, Miss Davis, maybe you think I acted pretty rotten tonight, but I know what I'm talking about. Mah-Li's not your kind: she's just a conniving little dame who deserves every bit that's coming to her.
Megan Davis:Including murder, I suppose?
Jones:Now, you let the General be the judge of that. He runs his own show out here with about 50 centuries of authority back of him. You missionaries come out here and expect to convert 500 million people overnight. Heh! Why, changing a leopard's spots is duck soup compared to changing China. You know, you're lucky to be alive out here yourself. Now you go back to your room, go to bed and behave.
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Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV)See more »
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Onward Christian SoldiersSee more »

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30 out of 43 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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