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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 ... Tom Davids
Rosalind Russell ... Sybil Barclay
Dudley Digges ... Dawson
C. Aubrey Smith ... Sir Guy Wilmerding
Robert Benchley ... Charlie McCaleb
William Henry ... Rockwell
Liev De Maigret ... Mrs. Vollberg (as Live de Maigret)
Lilian Bond ... Mrs. Timmons (as Lillian Bond)
Edward Brophy ... Wilbur 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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A challenge to all screen history!


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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 Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 4, 1944 with Clark Gable reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

In one scene in the moonlight, the ship has two funnels and it lit up like a large passenger ship. But, in the storm scenes the ship is smaller and only has one funnel. See more »

Quotes

Captain Alan Gaskell: Did you ever see an English river, Dolly?
Dolly 'China Doll' Portland: No, I'm dumb with geography, just like I am with everything else.
Captain Alan Gaskell: Well, it's cool and clear and clean. Put a stream like that alongside any river out here - dirty, yellow, muddy - you'll see the difference.
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Connections

Referenced in Bhowani Junction (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Road To Mandalay
(1907) (uncredited)
Music by Oley Speaks
Lyrics by Rudyard Kipling
Variation played as part of the score during the opening credits and at the end
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Great cast meet danger in the high seas!
8 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

High seas adventure with Gable as a run-down captain and Harlow as his lover. Complications involve Rosalid Russell, as a high society widow Gable was in love with before. Harlow takes up with Beery to make him jealous, but ends up being forced to join him in his plot to help pirates rob the ship. Harlow and Gable remain a knockout A-class pairing, and the character roles are well-handled. Juicy dialogue and gory action are also plusses.


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