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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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Tom Davids
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Sybil Barclay
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Dawson
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Sir Guy Wilmerding
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Charlie 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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Wilbur 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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A challenge to all screen history!


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Mares de China  »

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$1,138,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was banned in Malaya and Singapore. See more »

Goofs

When Rockwell hastily exits Gaskell's cabin, the door closes twice. See more »

Quotes

Paul: Better take care of these pearls, in case of piracy
Mrs. Timmons: Why, they're artificial. They're not worth anything.
Timmons: Twelve and a half bucks.
Paul: Well, a bargain, I say. Where did you get them Mr. Timmons?
Timmons: She picked them up.
Mrs. Timmons: I bought them myself, in Tokyo.
Paul: Well, you know, its not always easy to tell the real from - I'm sure you didn't pay too much for them.
Timmons: Bet your sweet life she didn't. That little woman gets her monies worth every time. Huh, boopsie?
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Referenced in Enseñar a un sinvergüenza (1970) 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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Great cast meet danger in the high seas!
8 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

High seas adventure with Gable as a run-down captain and Harlow as his lover. Complications involve Rosalid Russell, as a high society widow Gable was in love with before. Harlow takes up with Beery to make him jealous, but ends up being forced to join him in his plot to help pirates rob the ship. Harlow and Gable remain a knockout A-class pairing, and the character roles are well-handled. Juicy dialogue and gory action are also plusses.


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