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China Seas (1935)

Passed  -  Action | Drama | Adventure  -  16 August 1935 (USA)
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When earthy Dolly Portland is rejected by Captain Gaskell in favor of a socialite, she aids Jamesy McCardle, in league with Malay pirates, in his plot to seize his ship.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alan Gaskell
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China Doll
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Jamesy MacArdle
Lewis Stone ...
Davids
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Sybil
Dudley Digges ...
Dawson
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Sir Guy
Robert Benchley ...
McCaleb
William Henry ...
Rockwell
Liev De Maigret ...
Mrs. Vollberg (as Live de Maigret)
Lilian Bond ...
Mrs. Timmons (as Lillian Bond)
Edward Brophy ...
Timmons
Soo Yong ...
Yu-Lan
Carol Ann Beery ...
Carol Ann
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Romanoff
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Storyline

Dynamic Alan Gaskell captains a ship bound from Hong Kong to Singapore. Gaskell tries to turn over a new leaf from his hard-drinking lifestyle after becoming attached to a refined high class English lady, Sybil Barclay. His former girlfriend Dolly is extremely jealous of the budding relationship and tries hard to get the Captain back. He is apparently unimpressed with her loud, obnoxious, and uncivilized manners, even though she is extremely beautiful. After a temporary take over of the ship by gold-seeking Asian pirates, Captain Gaskell must deal with the fact that Dolly and her drinking pal, Jamesey MacArdle, are implicated in the crime. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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16 August 1935 (USA)  »

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Mares de China  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Jean Harlow wore a wig for this film. She had cut her hair shorter and was letting her natural color grow in. But for the scene where her character Dolly is soaked, the wig could not be used because it would look fake. Thus for a few seconds Harlow's hair is shorter and a different color. See more »

Quotes

Captain Alan Gaskell: Did you ever see an English river?
Dolly 'China Doll' Portland: No, I'm dumb at geography just like I am at everything else.
Captain Alan Gaskell: Well, it's cool and clear. Put a stream like that alongside any river out here - dirty, yellow, muddy - you'll see the difference.
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Music by Euphemia Allen
Played on piano by Robert Benchley
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Red Dust on the Hong Kong-Shanghai run!
8 July 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

China Seas isn't a profound or lasting classic, but it is a rip-roaring example of just how entertaining the studio system could be at its best during the Golden Age, as Clark Gable battles typhoons, Malay pirates with big feet and the differing charms of Jean Harlow and Rosalind Russell while Wallace Beery plots to steal his cargo and a blotto Robert Benchley bobs along dispensing non-sequiters to all and sundry. At heart it's just a post-Code Red Dust on the Hong Kong-Shanghai run, Harlow's distinctly not at her best rehashing her brassy platinum blonde act for the umpteenth time and Russell is more affected than alluring, but Tay Garnett keeps it moving so fast that it doesn't matter. Great entertainment with all the stops pulled out.


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