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Disputed Passage (1939)

Passed | | Drama, War | 27 October 1939 (USA)
A doctor's medical studies are threatened by his infatuation with a Chinese girl. The girl returns to China, but complications ensue when she runs into him in Nanking during a Japanese bombing raid.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Anthony Veiller (screenplay), Sheridan Gibney (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Lamour ... Audrey Hilton
Akim Tamiroff ... Dr. 'Tubby' Forster
John Howard ... John Wesley Beaven
Judith Barrett ... Winifred Bane
William Collier Sr. ... Dr. William Cunningham
Victor Varconi ... Dr. LaFerriere
Gordon Jones ... Bill Anderson
Keye Luke ... Andrew Abbott
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Cunningham
Steve Pendleton ... Lawrence Carpenter (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Billy Cook Billy Cook ... Johnny Merkle
William Pawley ... Mr. Merkle
Renie Riano ... Mrs. Riley
Philip Ahn ... Dr. Fung
Dandan Li Dandan Li ... Aviatrix (as Ya-Ching Lee)
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Storyline

A doctor's medical studies are threatened by his infatuation with a Chinese girl. The girl returns to China, but complications ensue when she runs into him in Nanking during a Japanese bombing raid.

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Taglines:

IS THERE ROOM FOR LOVE IN A DOCTOR'S LIFE? (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le souffle de la vie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lamour's raised-in-China character is named Hilton. Presumably this is a hat-tip to James Hilton, whose own set-in-China novel, "Lost Horizon," had been filmed two years earlier. See more »

Goofs

Lamour and the Chinese actors variously speak Cantonese and Mandarin, but have no trouble understanding each other. (Though in fairness, this inattention to differences in foreign cultures was quite common back then.) See more »

Crazy Credits

The novel's author, Lloyd Douglas, appears briefly during the opening credits, writing a note telling us he approves of the adaptation and hopes we enjoy it. See more »

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