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China Seas (1935)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Adventure | 16 August 1935 (USA)
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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

Writers:

Jules Furthman (screen play), James Kevin McGuinness (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 Soo Yong ... Yu-Lan
Carol Ann Beery Carol Ann Beery ... Carol Ann
Akim Tamiroff ... Romanoff
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mares de China See more »

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Budget:

$1,138,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The pirates torture Clark Gable's character in a Malay boot. Based upon an instrument of torture widely used in the Middle Ages, this is a screw press that is slowly tightened to squeeze the foot between iron plates until the bones are crushed. See more »

Goofs

Although Harlow is completely drenched from head to toe in the storm, she appears in the scenes immediately thereafter with her platinum wig back in place, perfectly coiffed with every hair, wave and curl just exactly as before. See more »

Quotes

Sir Guy: Aw, there you are.
Captain Alan Gaskell: Good morning, Mrs. Higgins.
Mrs. Higgins: We were just talking about you, Captain.
Sir Guy: Mrs. Higgins tells me you've been sensationally blotto ever since you went ashore.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jean Harlow (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Chopsticks
(1877) (uncredited)
Music by Euphemia Allen
Played on piano by Robert Benchley
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A solid, well-crafted film of MGM's Heyday
15 August 2006 | by Tobias_RSee all my reviews

It is a relief to see a vibrantly entertaining film that is well-crafted as a finely made chair. Like most chairs, this film is no classic like "Citizen Kane" or "Gone With The Wind" but it's exciting with charismatic leads like Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. The chemistry between the two is gripping, even if a lot of their encounters in this movie are rather repetitious of the "I love you but I shouldn't" variety. One can see why Gable and Harlow were cast together at every opportunity MGM had from "Red Dust" onward. The other supporting actors are quite good especially Wallace Beery as a slippery villain. While Robert Benchley is quite amusing, his drunk act starts getting really old after a while. Also, it's quite sobering to realize that Benchley would die in 1945 from the effects of long-term alcoholism. In sum, despite some unhappy reminders of Hollywood's racism of times past, this is a fine film that probably served as one source of inspiration for Spielberg's Indiana Jones series of films in the 1980s.


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