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10 February 1934 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kay Francis ... Tanya Borodoff / Spot White / Marjorie Lang

Ricardo Cortez ... Tony Evans

Warner Oland ... Nick

Lyle Talbot ... Dr. Gregory Burton
Ruth Donnelly ... Mrs. George Peters
Lucien Littlefield ... Mr. George Peters

Reginald Owen ... 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

Shirley Temple ... Betty Shaw (scenes deleted)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Baker ... First Mate (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Henry P. Warren (uncredited)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Purser (uncredited)

Wong Chung ... Chang Lee - the Silk Merchant (uncredited)
Otto Frisco ... Fakir (uncredited)
Lillian Harmer ... Louisa Mae Harrington (uncredited)
George Herrera ... Second Steward (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Cockney Purser (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Leong, Waiter (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Mr. Van Brinken (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Second Sergeant (uncredited)
Desmond Roberts ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Amadah Khan - the Importer (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Rangoon Bar Patron / Passenger (uncredited)
Renee Whitney ... Rangoon Bar Girl (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... The Peters' Friend (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... English Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
Writing credits
Paul Hervey Fox (story) (as Paul Hervy Fox)

Austin Parker  and
Charles Kenyon 

Produced by
Robert Presnell Sr. .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio 
Film Editing by
Thomas Pratt 
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
Makeup Department
Ruth Pursley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Shaw .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
G.W. Berntsen .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.S. Brown .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Higgs .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
William McNally .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
M.K. Jerome .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Don Taylor .... technical director (uncredited)
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65 min
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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 »
Spot White:Gregory, we arrive at Mandalay tomorrow. You're going up to the black fever country. Take me with you.
Dr. Gregory Burton:Oh, I can't do that. Don't you realize there isn't one chance in a hundred of coming out of it alive?
Spot White:Listen: we are two wrecked people. We *need* one another.
Dr. Gregory Burton:You mean... you mean, if we come through, perhaps together we can make something of ourselves?
Spot White:Isn't that our only hope?
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Kay Francis Suffering (Again!) and a Pre-Code Ending, 12 August 2012
Author: Tom Hodgins from Mississauga, Ontario

Mandalay is the kind of exotic pre-code potboiler that is fun to watch even though none of it can be taken seriously. Perhaps that's the reason it is so entertaining, in a predictable sort of way.

Much of it is set in Rangoon, with lovely Kay Francis head-over-heals in love with heel Ricardo Cortez. Since it is Cortez, and he specialized in playing smooth cads, it isn't long before Francis is heart broken and soon working as a courtesan in a dive run by Warner Oland, always impressively menacing as a villain.

Francis' character becomes something of a local legend called Spot White, and soon she makes enough cash from men to be on her way out of the dive and in a boat on her way to Mandalay. There she meets nice but alcoholic doctor Lyle Talbot, not long before that rat Cortez shows up again. We'll leave it there for the story line.

Michael Curtiz directs it all at a fast pace, Francis gets to fashion some lovely gowns and wide brimmed hats (which her female fans demanded of her) and Cortez, as always, is a convincing louse. The film runs not much past an hour, which helps, and has a true pre-code ending which will not be revealed here. If the film had come out just a year later the ending would have been different, that's for sure.

A decent time waster, with some effectively atmospheric Oriental sets, and rather nicely photographed. Francis fans will have a good time, I feel. For others, a pre-coder that turns a bit soapy in the final half but worth sticking out, if only for that ending.

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