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China Girl (1942)

Approved | | Drama, War | 9 December 1942 (USA)
With America still neutral, an American news photographer on assignment in Burma is courted by both the Japanese and The Flying Tiger volunteers fighting for China to film the strategic Burma Road.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Ben Hecht, Darryl F. Zanuck (story) (as Melville Crossman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Tierney ... Miss Haoli Young
George Montgomery ... Johnny Williams
Lynn Bari ... Captain Fifi
Victor McLaglen ... Major Bull Weed
Alan Baxter ... Bill Jones
Sig Ruman ... Jarubi
Myron McCormick Myron McCormick ... Shorty McGuire
Robert Blake ... Chandu (as Bobby Blake)
Ann Pennington ... Entertainer
Philip Ahn ... Dr. Young
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Storyline

In November 1941, American news photographer Johnny 'Bugsy' Williams manages to escape from the Japanese and finds himself back in Burma where he meets the beautiful Miss Haoli Young. Johnny is also a flyer and his friend Shorty McGuire is after him to join the Flying Tigers. He could make a small fortune filming the Burma Road but puts off the opportunity to be with Haoli, but she leaves unexpectedly for Kunming where her father runs a school. He has a price on his head and spies working for the Japanese are ready to nab him. When he hears that the Japanese are going to wipe out Kunming, he sets off to rescue Haoli. Written by garykmcd

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FIGHTING TIGRESS! In her heart...cold hate that defied the terror of the Japs...warm love for a fighting, flying Yank! Here is tempestuous romance amid the flame and violence of today's mighty conflict! See more »

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Drama | War

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Trivia

Betty Grable was considered for the Gene Tierney role. See more »

Goofs

Luchow (now Luzhou) to Mandalay is a 750 mile flight, impossible without refueling in the type of plane commandeered by Montgomery. See more »

Connections

References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey (I Never Knew Any Girl Like You)
(uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Junie McCree
Sung and danced by Ann Pennington
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Hoodwinked
17 May 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

With Occidental Gene Tierney playing the title role in China Girl this World War II era propaganda flick has not aged well over the decades. Certainly Anna May Wong could have and should have been cast in the lead. But Darryl F. Zanuck ever conscious of that southern market if he was going to do an interracial love story could not have a real Oriental as the lead.

George Montgomery who was one of many players backing up Tyrone Power at 20th Century Fox when Power wasn't available plays one of Power's typical hero/heel type parts. Montgomery is a newsreel cameraman and flier who gets hoodwinked by a pair of Japanese agents, Lynn Bari and Victor McLaglen, to working for them, but not for long. In fact Bari with Montgomery around has trouble keeping her mind on her mission.

Gene is as beautiful as ever and she and Montgomery would go on to do much better films. Unless you have a taste for World War II propaganda films, pass this by.


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Release Date:

9 December 1942 (USA) See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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