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The General Died at Dawn (1936)

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Amid the anarchy of China, an American mercenary tangles with a ruthless warlord.

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O'Hara
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Judy Perrie
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General Yang
Dudley Digges ...
Mr. Wu
Porter Hall ...
Peter Perrie
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Brighton
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Leach
Philip Ahn ...
Oxford
Lee Tung Foo ...
Mr. Chen (as Lee Tung-Foo)
Leonid Kinskey ...
Stewart
Val Duran ...
Wong
Willie Fung ...
Bartender
Hans Fuerberg ...
Yang's Military Advisor (as Hans Furberg)
John O'Hara ...
Newspaper Reporter
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In revolution-torn China, American mercenary O'Hara is entrusted with a perilous mission, to get arms for the helpless authorities in a province ravaged by warlord General Yang. On the train to Shanghai, he meets Judy Perrie, whose father is in league with Yang. Will Judy regret agreeing to lure O'Hara to his doom, and if so, can she make it up to him? The balance of power seesaws to a perilous conclusion. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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warlord | mercenary | china


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30 October 1936 (Denmark)  »

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Chinese Gold  »

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. See more »

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While arguing with Peter, Judy slams a book down on the desk. A couple of other books on the corner of the desk disappear in a later scene. See more »

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Judy Perrie: If I believed like that in anything... I'd do a dance.
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The opening credits all appear on the sails of boats. See more »

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Hollywod At Its Very Best
25 December 2004 | by (Shediac River, New Brunswick) – See all my reviews

There are better films than The General Died at Dawn; however, there are few films that make so much out of so little. The story itself is little more than fond manipulation of Asian stereotypes. Yet Lewis Milestone takes the material and in his hands, it becomes a cinematic jewel. Watch how the round features of a minor Chinese actor becomes a doorknob and then a billiard ball. Note how multi-imaging creates a visual record of the story being told. Watch how the stylized performances of Cooper and Carroll are used as foil for the larger-than-life storyline.

Sure, there are better films than this. But there are very few better entertainments - a concept that Hollywood lost years ago and which is only now infiltrating the thick skulls of TV land.


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