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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:
Harlow, magnificent idiot 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)
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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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
While shooting in the studio two stuntmen were nearly killed as they were washed away by 50 tons of water.See more »
Quotes:
Captain Alan Gaskell:I'll be over as soon as I get through. Anything you want?
Dolly 'China Doll' Portland:Anything I... ? Toots, I got everything.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in El crimen del cine Oriente (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
ChopsticksSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Harlow, magnificent idiot, 17 July 2008
Author: Tashtago from Vancouver, Canada

A pretty good movie with an excellent cast and some decent special effects. Gable is at his best and the same can be said for Beery , Sir C. and Harlow. I haven't seen many Harlow films but I'm assuming that her stock character is the one she portrays here , a sort of bad girl with a heart of gold, a lovable moron who speaks first and thinks later. The kind of woman who (if she were your wife/girlfriend) would ruin a party and make a big scene if she became jealous. In other words the kind of woman most men might stupidly have casual sex with and then realizing what an idiot they were saddled with, run away from as fast as they could. I'm guessing many depression era women could identify with her low class stubborn pride but now she seems like an annoying , shrill, infantile idiot constantly seeking approval. As a portrait of this kind of woman , Harlow is magnificent. You might want to strangle her or throw her overboard but she's always watchable, the bra less gowns help.

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