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10 February 1934 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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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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[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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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A steamy melodrama only fans of Kay Francis may fully enjoy., 23 November 1998
Author: Arthur Hausner (ahausner16@gmail.com) from Pine Grove, California

This melodrama was directed with a heavy hand by the usually reliable Michael Curtiz, with virtually no comedy relief, and there were too many problems with the movie. Kay Francis' character wasn't as sympathetic to me as it was supposed to be. True, she was forced into Warner Oland's amoral club when her lover and protector, Ricardo Cortez, abandoned her penniless in Rangoon, Burma. I had no problem with her being a high priced prostitute there to survive (a patron remarks that instead of calling her "Spot White," the name she adopted, she should have been called "Spot Cash"). Presumably, she made a lot of money, so why did she extort 10,000 rupees from Commissioner Reginald Owen, when he wanted to deport her back to Russia? She could have simply bargained for just leaving to a destination of her choice to prevent her from revealing the tryst Owen had with her a year earlier. It turned me against her. I liked the very surprising ending, which was completely against the Production Code, yet to be fully implemented later in 1934. Thus, the film was denied a certificate for re-release by the Hays Office in 1936. For a 65-minute film, it was very noticeable that Francis sits down at a piano three times to play and sing the only song in the film, "When Tomorrow Comes," in its entirety. It's a nice song, but three times was monotonous and an indication the thin plot was being padded. (The song was also obviously dubbed, since Francis had trouble with words containing the letter "R" and you don't hear "Tomowwow.")

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