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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.

Director:

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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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

This film was a great success for MGM, earning a profit of $653,000 ($11.5M in 2016 dollars) according to studio records. 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: Now wait a minute, Dolly. You and I are friends. We've had a lot of fun together and as far as I'm concerned, you're a number one girl in the archipelago. But, I don't remember making any vows to you, nor do I recall asking for any.
Dolly 'China Doll' Portland: Don't you get polite at me! When you start talkin' with your high hat on I - I know you mean it and - and it scares me. Say, who do you think you are anyway? If I had a nickels worth of pride, I'd...
Captain Alan Gaskell: If that 's the way you feel about it, I'm not standing in your way...
Dolly 'China Doll' Portland:
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Connections

Referenced in Tiovivo c. 1950 (2004) 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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On the high seas; big ships come...big ships go.
23 February 2002 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Not just a routine trip from Hong Kong to Singapore for Captain Alan Gaskell(Clark Gable). There is a treasure trove of gold hidden on board. Among the passengers are two women of the captain's past: Dolly(Jean Harlow), the brash blonde bombshell and Lady Sybil(Rosalind Russell), the prim and proper socialite from England. Wallace Beery is a 'blow hard' gambler that is not to be trusted. Also in the cast are Lewis Stone and Hattie McDaniel.

Raiding pirates, one hell of a typhoon plus love on the high seas...a very good adventure film with tense action. Gable and Harlow are dynamic together. Tight direction from Tay Garnett. Special effects are superb.


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