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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, the screen's No.1 Man in the World Premiere of his biggest, most important picture. 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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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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"China, as big a picture as the nation that inspired it."
26 March 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Paramount got caught short in 1943, their big discovery Alan Ladd was about to be drafted for who knew how long. So they had to get as much work out of him as they could before Uncle Sam claimed his services. That's the only reason that Alan Ladd at the threshold of his stardom was rushed into this film.

That promotion line that I quoted in the title was as big a piece of hyperbole as ever came out of a publicity man's mind. China is clearly a B picture that was probably ready to roll with lesser known leads. Alan Ladd, Loretta Young, and William Bendix with a cast of Oriental players who never before or since in film history got as much work as during World War II, were rushed into this typical flagwaver.

Ladd and Bendix are a couple of Americans who sell gasoline to whomever pays and in the Orient before Pearl Harbor, the Japanese yen was the strongest currency going. The Sino-Japanese war forces a sudden change in location of operations for them. Fleeing the city they were in, they come across Loretta Young, missionary teacher with a group of young girls in her charge.

From this point on anyone who's watched any World War II era war pictures can figure the rest of the story from here. Loretta is as luminescent as ever, but she and Ladd have no chemistry at all. Ladd knows what Paramount is doing here and looks bored. Except in his scenes with sidekick Bendix. The two of them were close friends in real life. Bill Bendix was never bad in anything he did.

By the way the movie poster that Paramount put out advertising China has a picture of Alan Ladd, bare-chested, machinegun in hand and sporting muscles that the Governator of Cal-lee-fornia would envy. In Alan Ladd's golden era at Paramount, they had some set of brass ones to put him in this nickelplated clinker.


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