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Mandalay (1934)

 |  Drama  |  10 February 1934 (USA)
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Abandoned by her lover, a woman becomes the main "hostess" in a decadent nightclub, but tries to put her past behind her on a steamer to Mandalay.

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Tanya Borodoff / Spot White / Marjorie Lang
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Tony Evans
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Nick
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Dr. Gregory Burton
Ruth Donnelly ...
Mrs. George Peters
Lucien Littlefield ...
Mr. George Peters
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Col. Thomas Dawson - Police Commissioner
Etienne Girardot ...
Mr. Abernathie
David Torrence ...
Capt. McAndrews of the Sirohi
Rafaela Ottiano ...
Madame Lacalles
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Col. Dawson Ames
Bodil Rosing ...
Mrs. Kleinschmidt
Herman Bing ...
Prof. Kleinschmidt
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Betty Shaw (scenes deleted)
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Russian refugee Tanya Borisoff is suddenly abandoned penniless in Rangoon, Burma, by her lover, Tony Evans, who accepted a gunrunning deal from Nick, the owner of an amoral nightclub. Nick made the deal hoping to get Tanya as his main "hostess," which Tanya accepts after an initial refusal, just to make the best of a bad situation. She becomes notorious using the name "Spot White," but her affairs causes the commissioner of police to deport her. She reminds the commissioner of a previous tryst he had with her and extorts 10,000 rupees from him with which to make a new life. She uses a new name, Marjorie Lang, going to Mandalay, Burma, via the Irrawadi River by steamer, where she meets alcoholic Dr. Gregory Burton, who is on his way to help in an area plagued with a deadly contagious fever. As they slowly fall in love, she learns he's doing that to make amends for once operating on a patient while drunk, causing his death. She decides to go with him so they can put their pasts behind ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Spot White: Life didn't mean a thing to me till I met you; now it means everything. There isn't anything in it that isn't you. That's why... sometimes I'm afraid of the future, afraid that I may lose you.
Tony Evans: Darling, no one should mean that much to you. There's nothing more uncertain than the life of a man like me. You're so young and so beautiful, and you will be for a long time to come. Remember, no matter what happens, I want you to promise you'll keep your chin up. Promise? Always keep your chin up.
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On the Road to Mandalay
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Engaging melodrama
23 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poor Ricardo Cortez. While undoubtedly a fine fellow in real life, in his reel life of the early '30s, he was almost always a cad, and, more often than not, he paid big time for it. He was very good at being a cad, as demonstrated in "Mandalay." The movie, set in a back lot Rangoon, is snappily directed by Michael Curtiz, who always brought his Hungarian verve to a film (Mildred Pierce, Casablanca, The Sea Hawk, among many). Some of the night club scenes are reminiscent of Josef von Sternberg's exoticisms.

Kay Francis can do no wrong, as far as I'm concerned (and I look forward to reading the new bio "I Can't Wait to be Forgotten"). Those big dark eyes and that velvety voice! And as a character in the film comments, she "certainly can wear clothes."


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