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Captain China (1950)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Romance  -  2 February 1950 (USA)
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Charles Chinnough, aka Captain China, washed ashore off his ship during a storm, is later rescued, but is relieved of duty when his former first mate, Brendensen (who thought he was dead), ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Charles S. Chinnough / Capt. China
Gail Russell ...
Kim Mitchell
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Capt. George Brendensen
...
Red Lynch (as Lon Chaney)
Edgar Bergen ...
Mr. Haasvelt
Michael O'Shea ...
Trask
...
Miss Endicott
Robert Armstrong ...
Keegan
...
Geech
Ilka Grüning ...
Mrs. Haasvelt
Keith Richards ...
Alberts
John Bagni ...
Sparks
Ray Hyke ...
Michaels
Paul Hogan ...
Speer
Lawrence Tibbett Jr. ...
Wilkes
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Charles Chinnough, aka Captain China, washed ashore off his ship during a storm, is later rescued, but is relieved of duty when his former first mate, Brendensen (who thought he was dead), and two aides, testify falsely against him in a hearing concerning the loss of his ship. Seeking to clear his name, he books passage on a ship commanded by Brendsen.He and Brendensen both fall for a passenger, Kim Mitchell. Later, a raging storm at sea has the cowardly Brendensen turning the command of the ship over to Chinnough. This serves to help Chinnough clear his name. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Payne Revenge Tale
17 September 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

John Payne stars as the title character, Captain China. A nickname he has grown into because of his experience in sailing the seas of the Orient. The film opens with Payne in disgrace, accused of being too drunk to navigate a safe course and during his stupor he fell overboard. Captain China's version of the story differs quite a bit. He claims he was framed by men who all had a grudge against him.

Captain China's accusers are his first mate and a couple of roguish deck hands. The first mate, played by Jeffrey Lynn, inherits Captain China's old ship when he is relieved of his command. Lynn's first voyage seems to be going smoothly until he learns one of his passengers is Captain China. This makes Lynn and the two deck hands extremely nervous.

I should point out that the viewer at this point isn't exactly sure which story is the truth. Payne is portrayed as a gruff man of action, not exactly an endearing character. But during the film's climax, when a typhoon threatens the ship's safe voyage, Captain China comes through. Lynn panics during the storm and his error almost capsizes the ship. China is asked to take over and he reveals a cool head and an expertise at navigating through a difficult situation.


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