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China (1943)

Approved | | Drama , War | 21 April 1943 (USA)
During the Japanese invasion of China, a cynical, macho profiteer meets a compassionate, beautiful schoolteacher.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Frank Butler, John Stuart Dudley (play) (as Archibald Forbes)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Young ... Carolyn Grant
Alan Ladd ... David Jones
William Bendix ... Johnny Sparrow
Philip Ahn ... Lin Cho, First Brother
Iris Wong Iris Wong ... Kwan Su
Victor Sen Yung ... Lin Wei, Third Brother (as Sen Yung)
Marianne Quon Marianne Quon ... Tan Ying
Jessie Tai Sing Jessie Tai Sing ... Student
Richard Loo ... Lin Yun
Irene Tso Irene Tso ... 'Donald Duck'
Ching Wah Lee Ching Wah Lee ... Chang Teh
Soo Yong Soo Yong ... Tai Shen
Beal Wong Beal Wong ... Capt. Tao-Yuan-Kai
Bruce Wong Bruce Wong ... Aide To Captain Tao
Tala Birell ... Blonde Russian
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Storyline

Shortly before Pearl Harbor, American opportunist Jones and partner Johnny are in China to sell oil to the invading Japanese army. Cynical about the sufferings of the Chinese, Jones meets compassionate teacher Carolyn Grant while travelling cross-country to Shanghai. Sparks fly between these strong-willed characters, neither budging an inch. But when Jones witnesses a Japanese atrocity, his feelings toward his customers (and Carolyn) begin to change... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Alan Ladd and twenty girls - trapped by the rapacious Japs! See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fourth Brother See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was first telecast in Omaha 5 January 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), in Philadelphia Thursday 5 February 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Milwaukee 2 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Pittsburgh 5 August 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Grand Rapids 6 August 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), in San Francisco Sunday 20 September 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Indianapolis 30 September 1959 introduced by actress Frances Farmer on Frances Farmer presents on WFBM (Channel 6), in Toldeo 28 October 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), in Asheville 23 November 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), and in Chicago 6 December 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 30 August 2013 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Jones: I knew a girl like you once. She had an act in a circus. Used to crack a whip and make lions jump through paper hoops.
Carolyn Grant: And you prefer the lipstick sort, huh?
Mr. Jones: Yes, mostly because I don't like jumping through paper hoops.
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A good one
22 November 2005 | by lohman48See all my reviews

The cast is great, especially William Bendix. I think the movie was made to draw attention to the terrible situation which was going on in China at the time. Thought Bendix is better known as a comic actor in many movies he also can switch to play the serious side. Here there is a soft hearted Bendix and comical Bendix and a serious Bendix as the movie is drawn to a very dark side as the Americans and a load of Chinese students try to out run the Japanese Army.

Ladd always played one role, a tough guy, either the good guy or the bad guy but always the tough guy. From what I have read about his personal life that fit him to a tea. He does not stretch his personality in this movie.

Loretta Young is a little out of her nature. She always seemed more reserved and lady like and does not seem to fit in the darker side of China. But I think it is all this change in what people believed about them, especially Bendix and Young is what really pulled it all together and pulled it off. This is really a great movie. Propaganda? Probably, but it is a great movie.


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