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16 May 1945 (USA) See more »
The conflicts of war-torn China are reflected in miniature within an American mission hospital. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Randolph Scott ... Dr. Gray Thompson

Ruth Warrick ... Dr. Sara Durand

Ellen Drew ... Louise Thompson

Anthony Quinn ... Chen-Ta

Carol Thurston ... Siu-Mei

Richard Loo ... Col. Yasuda
'Ducky' Louie ... Little Goat

Philip Ahn ... Dr. Kim

Benson Fong ... Chung
H.T. Tsiang ... Magistrate
Chin Kuang Chow ... Little Charlie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Chinn ... Chen-Ta's Aide (uncredited)
Audrey Chow ... Child (uncredited)
George Chung ... Orderly (uncredited)
Harold Fong ... Workman (uncredited)
Albert Law ... (uncredited)
Gerald Lee ... Orderly (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Orderly (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ... (uncredited)
Jung Lim ... Workman (uncredited)
Jimmy Lono ... Orderly (uncredited)
Charles Lung ... (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... (uncredited)
Owen Song ... Chen-Ta's Aide (uncredited)
Layne Tom Jr. ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Ray Enright 
Writing credits
Brenda Weisberg (screen play) and
Joseph Hoffman (screen play)

Pearl S. Buck (novel)

Produced by
Maurice Geraghty .... producer
Jack J. Gross .... executive producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marvin Coil 
Gene Milford 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Set Decoration by
A. Roland Fields (set decorations) (as Al Fields)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Dorfman .... assistant director
Bessie Loo .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Francis M. Sarver .... recordist
James G. Stewart .... rerecordist
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Charles Bradshaw .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Wei Fan Hsueh .... technical advisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Pearl S. Buck's China Sky" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (PCA #10391)

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24 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Proved Too Much To Swallow, 27 May 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of the most popular American authors of the 20th Century was Pearl S. Buck. A daughter of Presbyterian missionaries in China she developed a real love for the people there and her novels beginning with The Good Earth popularized China and its people in the USA.

Though her work remained popular, Buck never equaled what she did in The Good Earth as literature. She also never took note of other trends developing in China and she became quite the apologist for the Kuomintang government of Chiang Kai-shek with both its strengths and weaknesses.

Indirectly Buck was one of the people responsible for the Red Scare and the great question of who lost China in the USA as if it was our's to lose. Her work so popularized the Chinese here that when China went Communist in 1949, the shock was so great that it had to be some kind of conspiracy at work. So we went hunting for the conspirators.

Randolph Scott and Ruth Warrick are the kind of medical missionaries Buck idealized. Ruth's crushing on Randy real bad, but he can't see her except as a work partner. As the film opens he's off in America trying to get better equipment for the mission. Scott brings back a society wife in Ellen Drew also and the hostility between the two women develops immediately. Very similar to the plot line in The Good Earth where Paul Muni takes a second wife, a kind of Chinese trophy wife.

Meanwhile guerrilla leader Anthony Quinn brings a wounded Japanese Colonel played by Richard Loo to the mission. He wants him healed so he can be tried for war crime atrocities, a very early mention of that concept.

Loo made a career in playing nasty Japanese folks during World War II and after. Played them all with a Fu Manchu kind of sneer. He's a shrewd article though as he works on the jealousies of both Drew and Korean doctor Philip Ahn who's crushing out himself on Carol Thurston who has eyes for Quinn.

Romance, jealousy, and war are the hallmarks of China Sky. This story set in a remote corner of western China is a bit much to believe. Spoiled society brat that she is, the viewer is going to have a lot of trouble with Drew's pouting about the fact that this little village ain't Park Avenue. Was she that dumb that she didn't know what she was getting into?

Today we could never get away with casting occidental types like Anthony Quinn and Carol Thurston as Chinese even though both give fine performances. Quinn especially. Quinn, Jose Ferrer, and J. Carrol Naish probably played more ethnic types than any other players in film history.

War of some kind was a factor in China from the overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty in 1911 until the Communists won in 1949. The issues are very complex and a film like China Sky isn't the venue for a discussion of same.

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