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China Seas -- Clark Gable stars as a sea captain who is caught in a romantic triangle and who has to fight off modern-day pirates. Co-starring Jean Harlow, Rosalind Russell Wallace Beery.
China Seas -- Trailer for this tale from the east starring Clark Gable


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Jules Furthman (screen play) and
James Kevin McGuinness (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
16 August 1935 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Pass the Dramamine See more (25 total) »


  (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)
Edward Ward .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Other crew
Chick Collins .... double: Clark Gable (uncredited)
Loretta Rush .... double: Jean Harlow (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #899) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Dolly 'China Doll' Portland:If I had a nickel's worth of pride, I'd...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Anita Takes a Chance (2001)See more »
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Pass the Dramamine, 7 November 2001
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

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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