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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1936 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Chinese Gold See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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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

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. An immediately popular local favorite, its earliest documented telecast took place in St. Louis Saturday 28 March 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), followed by Milwaukee 1 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Asheville 16 April 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by New York City 1 May 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Omaha 28 May 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), by Pittsburgh 10 July 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), by Chicago 18 July 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Seattle 10 September 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Los Angeles 13 September 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2), by Philadelphia 14 September 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Minneapolis 21 September on WTCN (Channel 11), by Grand Rapids 10 October 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by San Francisco 6 December 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), and by Phoenix 19 December 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12). It was released on DVD 21 May 2005 as one of 5 titles in Universal's Gary Cooper Franchise Collection, and again 28 August 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series. 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

Peter Perrie: Well I must say, what a funny world where a man's own daughter don't trust him. I must say.
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The opening credits all appear on the sails of boats. See more »

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Let your imaginations soar!
17 March 2006 | by kiroman101See all my reviews

The scene in the train where femme fatal Judy Perrie seduces O'Hara is a masterpiece of steamy sensuality. Carroll's silky-smooth alabaster skin and flaxen hair, gorgeously highlighted by her exquisitely outlined lips and eyes, were masterfully exploited by director Lewis Milestone and some extremely skilled cameramen, as her feminine delights proved too much for the otherwise unswervingly steadfast O'Hara. Throughout, the curiously uneven script takes a decided turn for the better, with both participants delivering some highly suggestive verbal exchanges, brimming with innuendo and wit, culminating with O'Hara mockingly asking Judie if he can kiss her, only to receive in return the playful reply that he must first ask her mother. He then looks into the neighboring compartment and makes the request in mock earnestness, for there is no Mrs. Perrie! All the while, the sinister war lord General Yang and his dark forces are preparing to intercept the train, "relieve" O'Hara of the funds he's set to deliver to Mr. Wu for the sole purpose of ridding the province of the scurrilous Yang. Let your imaginations soar, esteemed classic film buffs, for this is truly great film-making.


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