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The General Died at Dawn (1936)

Amid the anarchy of China, an American mercenary tangles with a ruthless warlord.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Clifford Odets (screen play), Charles G. Booth (based on a story by)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... O'Hara
Madeleine Carroll ... Judy Perrie
Akim Tamiroff ... Gen. Yang
Dudley Digges ... Mr. Wu
Porter Hall ... Peter Perrie
William Frawley ... Brighton
J.M. Kerrigan ... Leach
Philip Ahn ... Oxford
Lee Tung Foo Lee Tung Foo ... Mr. Chen (as Lee Tung-Foo)
Leonid Kinskey ... Stewart
Val Duran Val Duran ... Wong
Willie Fung ... Bartender
Hans Fuerberg ... Yang's Military Advisor (as Hans Furberg)
John O'Hara John O'Hara ... Newspaper Reporter on Train
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Storyline

In revolution-torn China, American mercenary O'Hara is entrusted with a perilous mission, to get arms for the helpless authorities in a province ravaged by warlord General Yang. On the train to Shanghai, he meets Judy Perrie, whose father is in league with Yang. Will Judy regret agreeing to lure O'Hara to his doom, and if so, can she make it up to him? The balance of power seesaws to a perilous conclusion. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Gary goes to town for the best looking girl in China !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1936 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Chinese Gold See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Future novelist John O'Hara made his only acting appearance as a reporter on a train. Twenty-two years later Gary Cooper would star in the screen adaptation of O'Hara's novel Ten North Frederick (1958). See more »

Goofs

While arguing with Peter, Judy slams a book down on the desk. A couple of other books on the corner of the desk disappear in a later scene. See more »

Quotes

O'Hara: [to Judy Perrie, after killing Peter Perrie] I'm not sorry for him. He took a job, he knew what was involved. I'm sorry you had to get into this mess. I said it before. You can't do this kind of work and die in bed. It was my life or his.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits all appear on the sails of boats. See more »

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Spoofed in A Coy Decoy (1941) See more »

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Oddly Compelling Story.
29 May 2010 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Did you ever come in late to a movie and miss the beginning? You have to try hard to concentrate and catch up, all the while feeling off-balance and wondering how much you missed. That's the way this picture starts off, and I spent some time trying to 'fit in' to the plot. But this film's plot moves at break-neck speed and made me think it is an editing flaw.

Having recovered, I found the story completely original and refreshing (can't think of too many Chinese Civil War flicks!). I also found a lack of tension - what's the opposite of nerve-wracking? - as there is no sense of urgency to the proceedings. The principals were just fine; Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll and Akim Tamiroff, and special mention must be made of Philip Ahn, who was the personification of evil Japanese military in many WWII pictures.

It is worth viewing but is a minor entry in the Gary Cooper canon. I liked it and recommend it but I plan to watch it again soon because I think it is one of those pictures in which some subtlety is overlooked in only one viewing.


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