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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
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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 »
[the police superintendent has just taken Dolly to court]
What about a nip to cool that aching brow ?
Captain Alan Gaskell:
No, no, fix one for yourself. I gotta get around to court. Somebody'll have to protect that judge.
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This is a rollicking, fun, unprofound movie set aboard a ship in the China Seas of the title, and has a little bit of something for everyone, as most Hollywood movies of the time did. It has romance, adventure, tragedy, comedy, pirates, torture, and a largely studio-bound storm at sea that is remarkably effective. There's really no sense in this movie, as it is pure escapism. Stars Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Rosalind Russell, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone and a very believably inebriated Robert Benchley make it livelier and more entertaining to watch than most films, and the constant movement of the ship is well-conveyed, and enough to send most land-lubbers reaching for the dramamine bottle.
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