In China in the 1930s a singer (Faye) and journalist (Baxter) meet on a train attacked by bandits.



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Complete credited cast:
Emmy Jordan
Hank Topping
Samuel J. Cady
Arthur Treacher ...
Upton Ward
Ling - Cady's Secretary
Willie Fung ...
Yen - Cady's Major Domo
Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Ward
Eily Malyon ...
Mrs. Little - Head of Mission
Joan Carroll ...
Winifred Ward (as Joan Carol)
Leonid Snegoff ...
Boris - Russian Consul
Philip Ahn ...
Col. Wai Kang
Jonathan Hale ...
Assistant Secretary of State
Moroni Olsen ...
Shanghai Managing Editor
Harry Hayden ...
Shanghai Telegraph Manager


In China in the 1930s a singer (Faye) and journalist (Baxter) meet on a train attacked by bandits.

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Release Date:

8 December 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sitiados  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Barricade" started shooting under the title "The Girl from Brooklyn" but was retitled "By Dawn's Ealy Light" and "White Lady of the Orient" before settling on the final title. See more »


America, My Country Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason, based on the
Music by Henry Carey from "God Save the King" (1744)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1832)
Played in the score often
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The Forgotten Man
2 June 2007 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

This somewhat routine action/romantic comedy from the late 1930's is still entertaining and the action sequences keep the viewer from becoming overly bored with the love scenes between Warner Baxter (Hank Topping!), a news hound on the skids, and Alice Faye (Emmy Jordan), a lady on the run.

The title is allegorical for several reasons including the on-going world dilemma concerning China and Japan, with the Chinese government being threaten from without and within. A curiosity is the partnership at the time between the United States and the Soviet Union with Alice Faye faining to be a Russian married to an American as a ruse to escape China.

The film has one of the cleverest lines of the decade delivered I believe by an uncredited performer, Jonathan Hale, playing the Assistant Secretary of State. When asked about the consulate head, Uncle Sam Cady (played with typical élan by character actor, Charles Winninger), who was appointed by President McKinley and has had a transfer request delayed since 1912, Hale replies, "At least now we've found the forgotten man."

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