When earthy Dolly Portland is rejected by Captain Gaskell in favor of a socialite, she aids Jamesy McCardle, in league with Malay pirates, in his plot to seize his ship.

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Tay Garnett

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Jules Furthman (screen play), James Kevin McGuinness (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gable ... Alan Gaskell
Jean Harlow ... China Doll
Wallace Beery ... Jamesy MacArdle
Lewis Stone ... Davids
Rosalind Russell ... Sybil
Dudley Digges ... Dawson
C. Aubrey Smith ... Sir Guy
Robert Benchley ... McCaleb
William Henry ... Rockwell
Liev De Maigret ... Mrs. Vollberg (as Live de Maigret)
Lilian Bond ... Mrs. Timmons (as Lillian Bond)
Edward Brophy ... Timmons
Soo Yong ... Yu-Lan
Carol Ann Beery ... Carol Ann
Akim Tamiroff ... Romanoff
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Dynamic Alan Gaskell captains a ship bound from Hong Kong to Singapore. Gaskell tries to turn over a new leaf from his hard-drinking lifestyle after becoming re-attached to a refined high class English lady, Sybil Barclay. His former girlfriend Dolly is extremely jealous of the budding relationship and tries hard to get the Captain back. He is apparently unimpressed with her loud, obnoxious, and uncivilized manners, even though she is extremely beautiful. After a temporary takeover of the ship by gold-seeking Asian pirates, Captain Gaskell must deal with the fact that Dolly and her drinking pal, Jamesey MacArdle, are implicated in the crime. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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At the current 2016 price of gold, the shipment of 35,488.95 ounces would be worth almost $46.9M. The price of gold as indicated by the invoice shown is correct at the time of the film at roughly $35 per ounce. See more »

Goofs

As Typhoon blows doors open during card game Jean Harlow can be seen holding her wig on. One of several scenes where this happens. Ms. Harlow had cut her hair short to grow her natural color out and wore a platinum wig throughout filming. See more »

Quotes

Captain Alan Gaskell: Now, lets quit good friends instead of like a couple of cab drivers after a drunken brawl.
Dolly 'China Doll' Portland: Yeah, I guess that's the way it ought to be done. But, I ain't been brought up to do the right thing, like that English dame. All I can say is what's down inside of me. And I don't care how long you been carryin' the torch for her - you can't quit me any more than I can quit you! And you can kiss a stack of cookbooks on that!
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Referenced in Enseñar a un sinvergüenza (1970) See more »

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Chopsticks
(1877) (uncredited)
Music by Euphemia Allen
Played on piano by Robert Benchley
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Jean & Clark hit the high seas
5 May 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Rollicking fun with the MGM sheen at its height. Jean and Gable were always a great match and they continue here as a doxy and a ship's captain. The script is serviceable enough to not stretch belief too far, what is more fantastic is that Jean would be traveling on a China tug in white satin no matter how striking it is, same goes for Clark in his white captain uniform but that's Metro for you. This is the last of Jean's true brassy platinum blonde roles. For the short time she had left in her regrettably too brief career she softened her look and her roles were heading to the more ladylike end of the spectrum, for instance Wife vs. Secretary. Rosalind Russell is just starting out here too stuck in one of what she referred to as her Lady Mary roles, full of good diction and the graaaand manner her great flair for comedy wouldn't be tapped for several years, she's fine but knowing what she's capable of she feels constrained. The rest of the cast is terrific with Wally Beery and Robert Benchley standing out in full bodied characterizations. Keep in mind that this was made in the 30's so racism and sexism are on full display in a very casual way.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

China Seas See more »

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Budget:

$1,138,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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