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Oil for the Lamps of China (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 8 June 1935 (USA)
An American, working for his oil company in China, disregards all but the company's interests. " The characters and the institution portrayed in the story are not actual but the product of ... See full summary »

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Josephine Hutchinson ...
Hester
Jean Muir ...
Alice
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Jim
Arthur Byron ...
No. 1 Boss
John Eldredge ...
Don
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Mr. McCarger
Willie Fung ...
Kin
Tetsu Komai ...
Ho
Henry O'Neill ...
Edward Hartford
Ronnie Cosby ...
Bunsy Wellman
William B. Davidson ...
E.H. Swaley (as William Davidson)
George Meeker ...
Bill Kendall
Joseph Crehan ...
Clements
Christian Rub ...
Dr. Jorgen
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An American, working for his oil company in China, disregards all but the company's interests. " The characters and the institution portrayed in the story are not actual but the product of fiction. The oil business was chosen because light has ever been symbolic of progress." Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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A courageous young American and his bride --- fighting for happiness against ten centuries of darkness --- caught in a maelstrom of mystery, glamor, hatred, intrigue! See more »

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8 June 1935 (USA)  »

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Foties stin Kina  »

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Bess Flowers, Samuel S. Hinds and Cyril Ring are listed as cast members in the AFI Catalog for the movie "Oil for the Lamps of Chine (1935)" but they were not seen in the movie. The Catalog obtains their information from studio records. See more »

Quotes

Young Chinese Soldier: We're in a time of social changes, and social changes cost money.
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Referenced in Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935) See more »

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Don't Send My Boy to Harvard
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Sung by Pat O'Brien
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Overlooked Classic
27 August 2001 | by (Leonia, NJ) – See all my reviews

Pat O'Brien is magnificent as the loyal company man whose values are repeatedly called into question when it becomes obvious, even to him, that the company is costing both the Americans and the Chinese their lives in the name of maximizing profit. Even the death of his own son does not totally convince O'Brien. The supporting cast is marvelous, and the view of 1935 China is a special treat. This one is good for repeated viewings to understand the forces that drove a completely different world.


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