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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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65 min
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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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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
pre-code meller of some historical interest, 13 November 2005
Author: goblinhairedguy from Montreal

"Mandalay" starts off as if it's going to be a real pre-code classic along the lines of "Safe in Hell" or "Red Dust". Kay Francis is abandoned by her gunrunning lover in Rangoon, and is doomed to become a courtesan (with the great moniker "Spot White") in Warner Oland's high class cabaret/brothel. Unfortunately, once our heroine escapes these confines and hits the river for Mandalay, the film becomes a turgid melodrama.

Michael Curtiz's baroque direction keeps matters visually interesting, but he can't breathe any life into the dismal characters. Ms Francis's lisp is more prominent than usual and Lyle Talbot shows why he deserved a future in Ed Wood extravaganzas. Plus, they both should have impaled the studio hairdresser. Although Oland plays an Oriental as usual, he's not saddled with the Charlie Chan accent this time, and shows plenty of mettle. Ricardo Cortez comes off the best with much spontaneity as an opportunistic rogue.

Pre-code buffs will definitely want to hang around for the conclusion, wherein the perpetrator of an insidious criminal deed blatantly walks off into the sunset scot-free! The short running time and jumps in the narrative make one wonder how much of the back-story was left on the cutting-room floor.

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