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
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Mrs. George Peters
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Mr. George Peters
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Col. Thomas Dawson - Police Commissioner
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Mr. Abernathie
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Capt. McAndrews of the Sirohi
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Madame Lacalles
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Col. Dawson Ames
Bodil Rosing ...
Mrs. Kleinschmidt
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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 cause 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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The "black fever" that Dr. Burton is on his way beyond Mandalay to treat is medically known as visceral leishmaniasis. It is the second most prevalent disease caused by parasitic protozoa, and it is spread by sand flies - much as malaria (the most prevalent) is spread by mosquitoes. In the pre-antibiotic era of this film, Burton's trip would have been most dangerous indeed. See more »

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[last lines]
Mrs. George Peters: Yoo hoo! I was just sayin' to George, I mustn't forget to say goodbye to that nice Miss Lang. You poor darling, we've been so worried about'cha. Course we knew all the time you were perfectly innocent, didn't we, George?
[he nods]
Mrs. George Peters: Why, I told him you wouldn't kill a fly.
Spot White: [demurely] Thank you.
Mrs. George Peters: Well goodbye, my dear.
Mr. George Peters: If you ever come to Topeka, why...
Mrs. George Peters: Come along, George.
Mr. George Peters: Did I say sumpin' wrong?
Mrs. George Peters: No. Don't brag about Topeka.
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Opening credits are first shown over a lavish building background (temple ?). We then see the actors' names shown with their photos. See more »

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The Infantry, the Infantry
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Adapted from "The Son of a Gambolier"
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Sung by Lyle Talbot and others
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15 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1934 apparently Kay Francis, (Tanya Borodoff/Spot White) was the heart throb of all red blooded men, however, I cannot agree about her looks, but she could act. Tanya is in love with Tony Evans, (Ricardo Cortez) and she works in a café owned by Nick, (Warner Oland) who tells Tony to get a boat and try to secure guns for the black market. Tanya is dumped by Tony and she is heart broken and eventually becomes a high class call girl. Tanya finally gets a chance to get away and travel to Mandalay and meets up with a Dr. Gregory Burton, (Lyle Talbot) who is a drunk and Tanya tries to break him of his bad habit and they fall in love with each other. The story takes many twists and turns and is a very entertaining film. I must mention the fact that Warner Oland played the role as Charlie Chan during the early 1930's and 1940's. Gem of a film to view and enjoy.


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