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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Mares de China  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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: [hearing someone in his bathroom] Who's in there?
Dolly 'China Doll' Portland: China Doll, the gal that drives men mad.
Captain Alan Gaskell: What are you doin' aboard?
Dolly 'China Doll' Portland: Nothing alarming. Just showering dewdrops off the body beautiful.
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Referenced in El crimen del cine Oriente (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Road To Mandalay
(1907) (uncredited)
Music by Oley Speaks
Lyrics by Rudyard Kipling
Variation played as part of the score during the opening credits and at the end
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On the high seas; big ships come...big ships go.
23 February 2002 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Not just a routine trip from Hong Kong to Singapore for Captain Alan Gaskell(Clark Gable). There is a treasure trove of gold hidden on board. Among the passengers are two women of the captain's past: Dolly(Jean Harlow), the brash blonde bombshell and Lady Sybil(Rosalind Russell), the prim and proper socialite from England. Wallace Beery is a 'blow hard' gambler that is not to be trusted. Also in the cast are Lewis Stone and Hattie McDaniel.

Raiding pirates, one hell of a typhoon plus love on the high seas...a very good adventure film with tense action. Gable and Harlow are dynamic together. Tight direction from Tay Garnett. Special effects are superb.


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