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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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Jamesy MacArdle
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Davids
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Sybil
Dudley Digges ...
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Sir Guy
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McCaleb
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Rockwell
Liev De Maigret ...
Mrs. Vollberg (as Live de Maigret)
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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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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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Mares de China  »

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Trivia

While shooting in the studio two stuntmen were nearly killed as they were washed away by 50 tons of water. See more »

Goofs

During the storm when Jamesy MacArdle grabs China Doll and swings her around in his room towards his dresser at about the 48 minute mark, her dress strap comes down revealing what appears to be her bare breast. She quickly lifts her strap and continues. 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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Chopsticks
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Music by Euphemia Allen
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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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