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Director:
Writers:
Jules Furthman (screen play) and
James Kevin McGuinness (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
16 August 1935 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A great story and a great cast See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... Alan Gaskell

Jean Harlow ... China Doll

Wallace Beery ... Jamesy MacArdle
Lewis Stone ... Davids

Rosalind Russell ... Sybil
Dudley Digges ... Dawson

C. Aubrey Smith ... 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

Akim Tamiroff ... Romanoff
Ivan Lebedeff ... Ngah
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry C. Bradley ... (scenes deleted)
Charles Coleman ... (scenes deleted)
Edward McWade ... (scenes deleted)
Daisy Belmore ... Martha, Sybil's Maid (uncredited)
Barlowe Borland ... Willett, Royal Canada Bank (uncredited)
Emily Fitzroy ... Mrs. Higgins (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Second Officer Kingston (uncredited)
Willie Fung ... Cabin Boy Ah Sing (uncredited)
Chester Gan ... Rickshaw Boy (uncredited)
Tom Gubbins ... Ship's Officer / Sergeant of the Guards (uncredited)
Forrester Harvey ... Chief Steward Ted Gary (uncredited)
John Ince ... Ship's Pilot (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Bertie the Purser (uncredited)
Tetsu Komai ... Malay Pirate (uncredited)
Eddie Lee ... Sailor on Bridge (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Chinese inspector at gangplank (uncredited)

Hattie McDaniel ... Isabel McCarthy, Dolly's Maid (uncredited)
Malcolm McGregor ... Atkins, Dock Manager (uncredited)

Donald Meek ... Passenger Playing Chess (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Police Superintendent (uncredited)
Beatrice Roberts ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
James Wang ... Trapshooting Attendant (uncredited)
Bobby Watson ... Man on Dock with McCaleb (uncredited)

Directed by
Tay Garnett 
 
Writing credits
Jules Furthman (screen play) and
James Kevin McGuinness (screen play)

Crosbie Garstin (from the book by)

Paul Bern  contributor to story (uncredited)
Paul Hervey Fox  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Monckton Hoffe  early script writer (uncredited)
John Lee Mahin  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Maurice Revnes  early script writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Albert Lewin .... associate producer
Irving Thalberg .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
Ray June (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William LeVanway (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Production Management
Joe Cohn .... production manager (uncredited)
Frank Messenger .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harold S. Bucquet .... second unit director: mob scenes (uncredited)
James C. McKay .... second unit director: night water scenes (uncredited)
Joseph M. Newman .... assistant director (uncredited)
William A. Wellman .... second unit director: pirate scenes (uncredited)
 
Art Department
James Curtis Havens .... associate art director (as James Havens)
David Townsend .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Elmer Sheeley .... assistant to art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
James Basevi .... miniatures (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde De Vinna .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ray Ramsey .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jack Virgil .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chick Collins .... double: Clark Gable (uncredited)
Loretta Rush .... double: Jean Harlow (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #899) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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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:
Sir Guy:[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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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A great story and a great cast, 24 August 2001
Author: stills-6 from california

A great story and a great cast. If you set aside all the early Hollywood traps about racism and sexism, this is a terrific and watchable romance/adventure.

The story is very similar to Gable's later film, "Mogambo." He's the adventurous cad who loves two women - a beautiful ice-queen who represents his link to civilization (Russell); and the cute but stubborn and uncouth "woman of the world" who has the capacity to betray him when it suits her (Harlow). This movie is very well acted. I've always said that if you give Gable an affectation to fall back on, he does extremely well. Here, he's a barking sea captain, which, almost by accident, gives his performance a better range than it otherwise would have. I don't really like Harlow, but she's good in her role.

The editing is a bit strange - many closeups are too obviously added in later, but I guess I can partially forgive this because of the time it was made. It really shows how Harlow was on a roll when she was with the rest of the cast, though. Because these individual shots do not fit in with the movie at all.

There's some amazing effects during the typhoon sequence, with a steam engine running loose on the deck - and you actually see people get run over and flattened. It's disconcerting even though you realize the camera tricks involved. Very inventive for its day.

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