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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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Complete credited cast:
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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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Capricho Branco  »

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Spot White: If you touch my garter, I'll scweam!
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Soundtracks

When Tomorrow Comes
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Played during the credits and often throughout the picture
Also performed by Kay Francis
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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures...
1 August 2001 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

...for 'Francis, Kay' (qv) while she is stuck in Rangoon, Burma. After being dumped by her crud of a boyfriend Kay resorts to a few unsavory deeds in order to survive, but ends up hating herself as result. While it's hard to condone the crimes she commits, specifically the "hostess" part, the victims of her other dark deeds, well, deserve what they get. That goes for police officials as well as cruds.

The lovely Miss Francis gives another fine performance in Mandalay. I've managed to catch a handful of her movies recently and she has yet to disappoint.

On a side note, I found it interesting that Turner Classic Movies gave Mandalay a "G" rating. Hmmm, prostitution, murder, blackmail, gunrunning, etc... I wonder what their definition of "PG" is!


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