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The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) Poster

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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.
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This movie was the first to play at Manhattan's fabled showplace, Radio City Music Hall, beginning on January 11, 1933.
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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).
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The sets for this film were reused for Columbia's One Night of Love (1934).
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Jessie Perry is in studio records/casting call lists playing "Miss Reid," but that role was played by Helen Jerome Eddy.
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The role of Megan Davis was originally supposed to go to Constance Cummings.
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Grace Zaring Stone and her husband and daughter were invited to visit the set on one day of filming. Zering later said she was impressed by the realism of the set but that the film was miscast and that Barbara Stanwyck was all wrong for the part of Megan.
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The production utilized $200,000 worth of Chinese antiques and art objects as set decoration. $7,000 was spent on acquiring a bronze incense burner.
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The part of Mah-Li was intended for Anna May Wong before Toshia Mori was cast. Wong plays a similar role (a Chinese concubine) in Shanghai Express (1932).
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Almost immediately after this film wrapped, Barbara Stanwyck and her husband Frank Fay adopted their son, Dion Anthony Fay.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the original script, General Yen decided, at the last minute, not to go through with his suicide. The ending seems to have been re-written to the one that appears in the film after the decision was made to cast Barbara Stanwyck as Megan.
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