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China Seas (1935)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Adventure | 16 August 1935 (USA)
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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Jamesy MacArdle
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Davids
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Sybil
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Dawson
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Sir Guy
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McCaleb
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Rockwell
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Mrs. Vollberg (as Live de Maigret)
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Mrs. Timmons (as Lillian Bond)
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Timmons
Soo Yong ...
Yu-Lan
Carol Ann Beery ...
Carol Ann
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Romanoff
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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 re-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 takeover 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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Mares de China  »

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$1,138,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The £250,000 in gold on the ship would equate to $1,225,500 at the time or over $21.5M in 2016. See more »

Goofs

In one scene in the moonlight, the ship has two funnels and it lit up like a large passenger ship. But, in the storm scenes the ship is smaller and only has one funnel. See more »

Quotes

Dolly 'China Doll' Portland: Say, speakin' of meetings, Jamesy, do you remember that night in that putang joint in Saigon when you and me met up with a certain party?
Jamesy MacArdle: Oh, do I!
Dolly 'China Doll' Portland: There wasn't any moon, but, he had a shiner on his left eye that lit up the whole street!
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Referenced in El crimen del cine Oriente (1997) See more »

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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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Jean & Clark hit the high seas
5 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rollicking fun with the MGM sheen at its height. Jean and Gable were always a great match and they continue here as a doxy and a ship's captain. The script is serviceable enough to not stretch belief too far, what is more fantastic is that Jean would be traveling on a China tug in white satin no matter how striking it is, same goes for Clark in his white captain uniform but that's Metro for you. This is the last of Jean's true brassy platinum blonde roles. For the short time she had left in her regrettably too brief career she softened her look and her roles were heading to the more ladylike end of the spectrum, for instance Wife vs. Secretary. Rosalind Russell is just starting out here too stuck in one of what she referred to as her Lady Mary roles, full of good diction and the graaaand manner her great flair for comedy wouldn't be tapped for several years, she's fine but knowing what she's capable of she feels constrained. The rest of the cast is terrific with Wally Beery and Robert Benchley standing out in full bodied characterizations. Keep in mind that this was made in the 30's so racism and sexism are on full display in a very casual way.


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