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

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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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30 October 1936 (Denmark)  »

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Chinese Gold  »

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Future novelist John O'Hara made his only acting appearance as a reporter on a train. Twenty-two years later Gary Cooper would star in the screen adaptation of his novel 'Ten North Frederick'. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

O'Hara: [to Judy] Let me tell you, dreamboat. Don't think I fell for you. A tree with a flower on: I'd've fallen for that, the way I was feeling. A fish on a dish would-a got me.
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Dark and wonderful
6 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was surprised at the low rating for this film at IMDb, 6.7 as of this writing. I found it a very enjoyable film. I'm a sucker for strong, moody visuals, and this film sure has them. In fact, about half way through I began to wonder, with all the shadows and fishing nets, if this were a Von Sternberg film. The script, which some reviewers found too wordy or too preachy, I found very engaging. The pacing was excellent.

Some reviewers have taken offense at the two main Chinese characters being played by occidentals who spoke pigeon English. Well, that's how films were made back then. Sure it seems unfair to modern viewers. It was unfair. Is that reason to trash the whole film? The Asian actors who had speaking roles came across as intelligent and well spoken.

If you're in the mood for some dark, exotic espionage, I definitely recommend this.


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