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China Girl (1942)

Approved | | Drama | 9 December 1942 (USA)
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. ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Miss Haoli Young
... Johnny Williams
... Captain Fifi
... Major Bull Weed
... Bill Jones
... Jarubi
Myron McCormick ... Shorty McGuire
... Chandu (as Bobby Blake)
... Entertainer
... Dr. Young
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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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9 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Infierno en la tierra  »

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$1,400,000
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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The Japanese infantrymen are wearing German helmets. See more »

Connections

References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Georgia Brown
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Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
Played during the first scene in the hotel bar
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Chinese good, Japanese bad
19 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

I picked this up for very little, drawn partly by the fact it had Gene Tierney in and I had never heard of it. I was also drawn by the reminder of the David Bowie song! Maybe I should have steered clear, for while this probably does have its fans, this war drama was certainly not my cup of tea (Chinese or otherwise - sorry about that!). It is a ridiculous tale set in the early days of WW2 and George Montgomery spends about a third of his time escaping or avoiding the Japanese and the rest flirting, first with Lynn Bari and then quite unbelievably, Gene Tierney, who just as unbelievably plays the titular Chinese girl! Apart from Gene Tierney who is very effective, allowing for the fact you cannot accept there is anything Chinese about her, but the only other interest in the film are the politics. Here the Americans are sympathetic with the poor Chinese and try to help them as much as possible defend themselves against the Japanese who are portrayed appallingly. So Chinese good, Japanese bad - how things change.


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