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China Doll (1958)

Approved | | Drama, War, Romance | 3 December 1958 (USA)
American pilot Cliff Brandon, fighting the Japanese in China, finds himself the unintentional "owner" of a Chinese housekeeper, Shu-Jen. The unlikely couple falls in love and marries, but not without tragedy brought on by the war.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Cliff Brandon
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Shu-Jen
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Father Cairns
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Capt. Phil Gates
Johnny Desmond ...
Sgt. Steve Hill
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Lt. Dan O'Neill
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Alice Nichols (as Elaine Curtis)
Ann McCrea ...
Mona Perkins
Danny Chang ...
Ellington
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Col. Wiley
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MSgt. Hal Foster (as Donald Barry)
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Cpl. Carlo Menotti
Steve Mitchell ...
Dave Reisner
Ken Perry ...
Sgt. Ernie Fleming
Ann Paige ...
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In China gruff Air Force captain Cliff Brandon wakes up after a night of drinking to discover he has purchased the housekeeping services of comely, young Shu-Jen from her father. Disappointed by Cliff's insistence on staying out late in bars, Shu-Jen leaves for home when Cliff, made aware that she is carrying her child, finds her and marries her in a delightful traditional Chinese ceremony. Happy days are spent as Shu-Jen and her infant daughter join Cliff at a forward base until Cliff, returning from a supply-drop mission, hears the base is under attack by Japanese bombers. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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From Kunming to Calcutta ... from the Himalayas to hell ... it splits the China skies with its thunder ! See more »

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Trivia

Victor Mature's salary was $125,000. See more »

Goofs

China Burma India (CBI) patch is on the wrong sleeve for a few of the actors - should always be on the left sleeve. See more »

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Referenced in The Way We Live (1959) See more »

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Words and Music by 'By' Dunham (as By Dunham) and Henry Vars
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Touching, sort of in Sam Fuller territory
27 June 2002 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This appears to be a pretty low-budget movie. As such, it is very poignant -- right up there with Borzage's best. The location and matter-of-fact story of miscegenation, which must have been quite shocking for its time, remind one of Samuel Fuller (generally a far more rough and gritty director than Borzage).


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