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9 October 1937 (USA) See more »
In Chinese culture, live theater performances are attended by all classes of society. This short shows a performance of "The Rainbow Pass," a tale of a wife who challenges her husband's murderer to combat. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Carey Wilson ... Told by (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ching Wah Lee ... Yuan (uncredited)
Bessie Loo ... Yuan's Wife (uncredited)
Walter Soo Hoo ... Yuan's Son (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tourneur 
Writing credits
Richard Goldstone (story by)

Music Department
Herbert Stothart .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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11 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2546) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Referenced in "MGM Parade: Episode #1.7" (1955)See more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Fair Short, 15 January 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Rainbow Pass, The (1937)

** (out of 4)

Carey Wilson narrates this mildly interesting but extremely flawed short that was put into theaters shortly before MGM's THE GOOD EARTH. In the film we are told that all groups of people in China enjoy the theatre and we go inside one of these places to see a performance of "The Rainbow Pass", the story of a woman who challenges the man who killed her husband to a battle. There's quite a bit to enjoy in this short but for the most part I don't think it really succeeds at what it's trying to do. There's no doubt that it's trying to throw some attention to the Paul Muni flick even though the film isn't ever said directly there are several moments where "the good earth" is said, often times aimed at the Chinese people. For the most part Tourneur's direction is top-notch as he's able to build a pretty good atmosphere with the production of the play given a lot of great details and it's certainly more interesting that the side plot of the Chinese people and their love for the theater. Just about all of this side plot is overlooked and in the end what's here is pretty useless as we're just never given enough details to find it interesting.

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