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Oil for the Lamps of China (1935)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  8 June 1935 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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The FLAMING HELL OF THE LAST FRONTIER (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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8 June 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Foties stin Kina  »

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Trivia

Suey Long Wong took two weeks off from his day job as Laird Doyle's live-in cook to appear in this film. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Chase: Face and tradition will exist in Chinese business as long as there is a Chinaman to transact it.
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Referenced in Things You Never See on the Screen (1935) See more »

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Chinatown, My Chinatown
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Jean Schwartz
Whistled 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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